As part of the Conservative Picks movement I have started, I am searching each Congressional race for the best Conservative candidate to send to DC. There are a shortage of Conservatives and an abundance of campaign conservatives. Right now I am evaluating the four primaries on Tuesday and the effects they could have on the Conservative shortage in DC.
It is so unfortunate that Josh Mandel had to drop out of the Senate race. This paved the way for the RINO Jim Renacci to receive the nomination in a seat widely believed to flip in November. We can expect no fiscal responsibility from him if he wins in November. In Ohio, every incumbent swiftly won their nomination. There were a couple of feeding frenzies in which Conservatives had a chance. In District 12, the top nominees were Conservatives. The winner, Troy Balderson, had an outstanding record in the Ohio Senate. He will join Jim Jordan in being a conservative representative in the House. In District 16, the RINOs came out in full force for Anthony Ganzales to win and he gets to replace Renacci. To call Ohio was brutal is an understatement
In Indiana things were a little better. Mike Braun won the Senate nomination. Conservative Pick is about predicting who will be a RINO and who will be the next Ben Sasse or Mike Lee. Braun will most certainly be a RINO given his record. But at least Luke Messer is soon to be out of a job with Greg Pence replacing him. This is for sure an upgrade, but now Todd Rokita is out of a seat with Jim Briard replacing him. This guy is a RINO who won because of a split vote. Richard Moss gave an above average showing but still lost. Indiana, overall had some lateral steps but Mike Braun receiving the Senate nomination is a missed opportunity because the GOP nominated a bunch of scrub candidates.
RINOs, Virginia Foxx and Patrick McHenry, get to live off the backs of their constituents another two years. But Robert Pittenger got voted out in favor of Mark Meadows. This makes him the first Conservative to unseat an establishment RINO this election cycle. I noted prior to the election, that a quality campaign should land him victor since he lost by triple digits in a three way race two years ago. Without a split Conservative vote, he got just enough votes. Harris should be a good Congressman.
With Evan Jenkins losing, he gets to find a new job next year! One RINO out, Carol Miller in to replace him. Miller is a Trumpist, but this is likely an upgrade at the very least. However, the talk of the week should be how Joe Manchin will have to face off against Patrick Morrisey. Morrisey was one of the strongest and most viable picks so far this season. His record is phenomenal. Out of the three Senate hopefuls for the Republicans, Morrisey is the one we should put the most stock in. Him winning is more valuable than the other two combined because reinforcing the few Conservatives in the Senate is a greater priority than reaching 60 Republicans. West Virginia was indeed the biggest highlight of Tuesday that Conservatives would want to repeat elsewhere.