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Key GOP Contests MSM Ignored On Super Tuesday

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While Democrats battled over who is best to sell their radical agenda of amnesty for illegal aliens, gun confiscation, higher taxes, abortion up to and past the moment of birth and job-killing climate change regulations, the media largely ignored Super Tuesday’s important Republican primaries.

In Alabama, former Senator Jeff Sessions and former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville will be headed to a runoff for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

As of Midnight last night, Tuberville had 32.5 percent of the vote in unofficial returns. Sessions had 31.2 percent. U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, of Mobile, had 25%. Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore finished far behind the three leaders, getting less than 8% of the vote.

The result sets up a four-week race between the top two vote-getters after an extended election campaign that was almost entirely focused on which Republican was most loyal to Trump and with very few state issues.

Alabama’s two open Republican seats in Congress also look headed for runoffs. In Alabama’s First District, Bill Hightower who garnered 37.8 percent will face Jerry Carl who booked 37.3 percent of the vote on election night. In Alabama’s Second District, Jeff Coleman who tallied 38.3 percent will face Barry Moore who tallied 20.6 percent on election night.

In a contest closely watched by conservatives and liberty-minded Republicans, Representative Kay Granger (TX-12) withstood a well-funded challenge by former Colleyville city councilman Chris Putnam. Putnam received substantial financial support from libertarian groups such as a PAC associated with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and the Club for Growth.

As Texas Monthly reported, Rep. Granger is the only Texas woman representing the Republican Party in Congress. But she had angered some in her party in 2016 by calling on Donald Trump to drop out of the presidential contest and for her support of abortion rights. In her position as one of the House appropriators, she had negotiated money for Trump’s border wall, but far less than what the president wanted. However, Trump had endorsed her re-election in recent weeks, which undoubtedly pushed her past Putnam’s well-run challenge.

Among the open Texas Republican House seats Texas U.S. House District 11 probably bound for a May runoff between Trump-endorsed August Pfluger who garnered 49.6 and Brandon Batch who booked 15.9 percent.

In Texas Congressional District 13, a May runoff will pit Josh Winegarner who booked 39.8 against Ronny Jackson who booked 20.2 percent.

In Texas Congressional District 17 the much-despised former Republican Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions who tallied 30.4 percent will face conservative Renee Swann in a May runoff; Ms. Swann who garnered 20.1 percent on election night.

The Texas Congressional District 22 Republican Primary is also headed for a runoff between Troy Nehls who tallied 39.8 percent on election night and Kathaleen Wall who tallied 18.8 percent. Pierce Bush, grandson of the late former President of the United States George HW Bush, was a distant fourth with 15.1 percent.

Texas Congressional District 23 is one of the few swing districts left in the country, this year’s Republican Primary is headed to a runoff between Tony Gonzales who had 28.8 and Raul Reyes who had 23.0 on election night.

Texas Congressional District 24 is one of the few open Republican seats not headed to a May runoff. Beth Van Duyne, a former Irving mayor, received President Trump’s endorsement and won the primary outright with 70.5 percent of the vote.

In California’s jungle primary system, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California’s 22nd Congressional District will likely face off with Fresno Democrat Phil Arballo, the owner of a financial services business, in November.

Nunes, top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has held his seat, which covers Fresno and Tulare counties, since he was first elected in 2002.

Nunes was leading in early voting with 52,158 votes (62 percent), followed by Arballo with 19,144 (22.8 percent) as of 10:30 p.m. Pacific time.

We will update other key Republican and conservative primaries as results are confirmed.

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