The Morning: A win for Trump in Ohio

And the latest on Roe v. Wade.

Good morning. We look at last night's election results.

J.D. Vance after winning the Ohio Republican Senate primary.Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times

Still around

Most one-term presidents recede from the political scene, with their party's voters happy to see them go. But Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican Party a year and a half after he lost re-election.

Yesterday's Republican Senate primary in Ohio confirmed Trump's influence. J.D. Vance — the author of the 2016 book "Hillbilly Elegy" — won the nomination, with 32 percent of the vote in a primary that included four other major candidates.

Vance trailed in the polls only a few weeks ago, running an uneven campaign that suffered from his past negative comments about Trump. But after apologizing for them, Vance received Trump's endorsement two and a half weeks ago. Vance quickly surged in the polls and will now face Representative Tim Ryan, a moderate Democrat, in the general election this fall.

"J.D. Vance's win shows that Donald Trump remains the dominant force in the Republican Party," Blake Hounshell, who writes The Times's On Politics newsletter, said.

Finishing second, with 24 percent of the vote, was Josh Mandel, a former state treasurer who has drifted toward the far right since Trump's election. Matt Dolan, a member of a wealthy Ohio family and the least pro-Trump candidate in the race, finished third with 23 percent.

Vance's victory continues his own shift toward a Trumpian far-right nationalism. After Vance's book came out six years ago, detailing his family's struggles in rural southern Ohio, he became a conservative intellectual whom liberals liked to cite. More recently, he has turned into a hard-edged conspiracist who claimed President Biden was flooding Ohio with illegal drugs — a blatantly false claim.

(This Times essay by Christopher Caldwell explains Vance's rise in an evenhanded way.)

The winner of the Vance-Ryan contest will replace Rob Portman, a fairly traditional Republican, who served in both the George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush administrations. In the coming campaign, Ryan will likely emphasize Vance's time as a Silicon Valley investor and celebrity author. (My colleague Jazmine Ulloa recently wrote about Ryan.)

Ohio is obviously only one state, and other primaries over the next few months will offer a fuller picture of Trump's sway. More than two-thirds of Republican voters in Ohio yesterday did not back Vance, which suggests — as Blake Hounshell notes — an appetite among many Republicans to make their own decisions.

Donald Trump in Ohio last month.Maddie McGarvey for The New York Times

Still, Sarah Longwell, an anti-Trump Republican strategist, argues that endorsements understate his influence. "He has remade the Republican Party in his image, and many Republican voters now crave his particular brand of combative politics," Longwell writes in The Times. Even Republican candidates whom Trump has not endorsed mention him frequently.

The rest of today's newsletter looks at other results from last night and looks ahead to upcoming primaries.

The other primary

Indiana also chose nominees last night. More than a dozen incumbent Republican state legislators faced challenges from candidates who were even more conservative on issues like abortion and gun rights.

But as of late last night, more than 10 of those Republican incumbents had won their races, with just one losing. Jennifer-Ruth Green, an Air Force veteran who attacked her top Republican opponent as a "Never Trump liberal," did win her primary for a U.S. House district. Democrats have held the seat for nearly a century, but it could be competitive this fall.

Ohio and Indiana are both useful bellwethers for the Republican Party. Ohio used to be a national bellwether, voting for the winner of the presidential race between 1964 and 2016, but has shifted right recently. Indiana, which has fewer large cities, has leaned Republican since the Civil War.

Chart shows two-party vote margins. | Sources: Dave Liep's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections; Edison Research

Left vs. center left

The progressive wing of the Democratic Party has won some high-profile congressional victories in recent years. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Cori Bush, Jamaal Bowman and Rashida Tlaib all serve in the House today, invigorating the political left.

But the left has now twice failed to win the Democratic nomination for a House seat in Cleveland.

Nina Turner, a Bernie Sanders supporter and former state senator, won only 34 percent of the vote, in her effort to unseat Representative Shontel Brown. Biden, as well as some House progressives, supported Brown.

It's the second straight primary in which Brown has beaten Turner, following a special election last year. Then, Brown won by only 6 percentage points.

The Democratic Party's left wing will have another chance to win a high-profile election soon. In Pennsylvania's May 17 Democratic primary for a Senate seat, John Fetterman — a tattooed Sanders supporter and the current lieutenant governor — is leading in the polls over Representative Conor Lamb, a centrist. If Fetterman can win in the general election, he would become one of the few Sanders-style Democrats to win a swing state or House district.

Up next

Primary season is about to get much busier, with at least two states holding elections every Tuesday between now and the end of June, except for a break on the day after Memorial Day.

On the Republican side, the races will bring more tests of Trump's influence, including:

The May 10 primary in a West Virginia congressional district, where Trump has endorsed one candidate and the Republican governor has endorsed another.

The May 17 primary for Senate in North Carolina. Trump has endorsed Representative Ted Budd, and the other candidates include the state's former governor, Pat McCrory.

The May 17 primary for Senate in Pennsylvania, where Trump is supporting the television star Mehmet Oz over David McCormick, a former hedge fund executive.

The May 24 races for both governor and senator in Georgia, where Trump is trying to oust officials who refused to support his attempts to overturn his loss to Biden. Trump is backing candidates who echo his lies about voter fraud.

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Jeffrey Jay, center, during production of "Being Trans."Alex Welsh for The New York Times

Podcasting meets reality TV

Can the theatrics and engrossing nature of reality television translate to podcasts? That's what "Being Trans," a show that follows the lives of four transgender cast members in Los Angeles, is attempting.

Many podcasts use a documentary format, or are improvisational and unscripted. But "Being Trans" hopes to immerse audiences in its subjects' lives by recording in the field and forgoing hosts and external narration. "You're just hearing people existing," said Stephanie Wittels Wachs, a co-founder of the studio behind the show.

There are upsides to an audio-only show: Each episode costs less than a quarter of what a typical hour of reality TV does, and the format allows for flexibility. "We don't have to deal with lights or makeup," said Kasey Barrett, an executive producer of the podcast and a veteran of reality television. "And we can do things on a much smaller scale, which lends to the intimacy."


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Thanks for spending part of your morning with The Times. See you tomorrow. — David

P.S. The word "nontweeters" appeared for the first time in The Times yesterday.

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Claire Moses, Ian Prasad Philbrick, Tom Wright-Piersanti, Ashley Wu and Sanam Yar contributed to The Morning. You can reach the team at

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