Virginia, Oklahoma, Georgia Runoff Primary Results

One House Republican survived a spirited primary challenge this week, while another is locked in an expensive battle that is still too close to call. Elsewhere, Democrats and Republicans in Virginia selected their nominees for a handful of competitive general election races.

Voters in two states – Oklahoma and Virginia – cast primary ballots on Tuesday, along with one runoff in Georgia That means 28 states have completed their primaries up to this point with 21 remaining between now and Sept. 10. (Yes, that adds up to 49. Louisiana has its all-party primary on Nov. 5.) 

With less than five months still before Election Day, 28 candidates effectively have their tickets punched for Capitol Hill. They are likely to be new members of Congress next year because they’ve already won primaries in districts or states that are either solidly Republican or solidly Democratic and the general election is more of a formality. Georgia’s Brian Jack was the latest addition to the list. 

Here’s what happened in some key contests on Tuesday.

4th District (Southern Oklahoma) Tom Cole, R, re-elected 67% Trump 69%. Cole faced a well-funded challenge from Texas businessman Paul Bondar, who spent $5.1 million of his own money. Cole outpaced him, 65-26 percent. Bondar had few, if any connections to Oklahoma and even conducted media interviews from Texas. Cole’s allies at super PAC Americans 4 Security, Defending Main Street and American Action Network poured nearly $4 million into…

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