There’s no sign of any Donald Trump effect in congressional primaries

Even as Trump appeared on his way to winning three or four of the five states holding presidential primaries, Republican senators up for reelection in several of those states easily bested primary challengers who had hoped to ride Trump’s coattails to victory. And Senate Democrats’ chosen candidates to challenge Republicans this fall — several of them current or former lawmakers themselves — didn’t have any problem in their primaries either.

Republican incumbents’ ability to hang on while sharing a ballot with Trump bodes well for Republicans trying to keep the Senate and better their cushions in the House of Representatives and in governors’ mansions. So far, congressional primaries from Alabama to Illinois are suggesting that the same voters who want a political newbie in the White House just might be okay with sending a veteran back to Congress to work with him.