Republicans Gain A Strong Lead After Senate Primaries

( – On May 14, voters in West Virginia and Maryland selected strong Senate candidates to send to the general election in November, helping Republicans to potentially gain control of the Senate.

In Maryland, former Republican Gov. Larry Hogan will move on in the general election, facing off against Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks, who won the Democratic nomination. For the first time in four decades, Hogan’s victory gives Republicans a legitimate chance to flip the Senate seat in the deep-blue state.

Hogan, a vocal critic of Trump, stated he would not “be just one more Capitol Hill Republican.” While Hogan congratulated Alsobrooks on her win in a post on Twitter, he also wrote that voters have a choice of “real independent and bipartisan leadership” instead of “more of the dysfunctional partisan status quo.”

Alsobrooks, who has the support of Gov. Wes Moore, U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, and Sen. Chris Van Hollen, is seeking to become the state’s first black senator. In a post on Twitter, Alsobrooks said she would “keep Maryland blue” by defeating Hogan.

In West Virginia, Republican Gov. Jim Justice won the Republican nomination for retiring Sen. Joe Manchin’s seat, facing off against Democrat Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott in November’s general election. Justice, a former Democrat who switched to the Republican Party in 2017, is overwhelmingly the favorite in the race, as Manchin was viewed as one of the only Democrats able to win a statewide election in West Virginia. The flip could help Republicans take control of the Senate.

In Nebraska, Republican Sen. Deb Fischer, who could face a nonpartisan challenger in the November general election, won her race. Republican Sen. Pete Ricketts, nominated to the seat in 2023 when former Sen. Ben Sasse retired, won his primary.

The wins send strong Republican Senate candidates to the general election in November, which could help the Republicans flip control of the Senate, currently controlled by the Democrats, 51-49.

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