>> The first major round of primary races ahead of this year's midterm elections are over, and Senate Republicans are breathing a sigh of relief. After headline-grabbing coal baron Don Blankenship lost his bid to become the GOP's nominee for West Virginia senator.>> We ran against the establishment, and the establishment is not gonna give up their position very easily.
>> His loss to the state's Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who won handily, calming the fears of Republican party leaders. Who thought the ex-convict would spoil their chance to pick up a senate seat currently occupied by Democrat Joe Manchin. Reuter's correspondent Valerie Volcovici was in Charleston for Blankenship's election night event.
>> Here in Charleston, the state capital, Don Blankenship is still here working the crowds, he's talking to reporters, he's kind of soaking up the limelight that he's had over the last couple of weeks. He said he has no regrets in this campaign, despite the fact that he made some controversial remarks about Senator Mitch McConnell's wife, and calling her a China person.
For right now, I think he's gonna focus on enjoying his parole.>> Blankenship, who served a year in prison for safety violations in a 2010 disaster that killed 29 miners, focused his attacks on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Running racially-charged ads saying he created jobs for quote, China people.
>> Ditch Cocaine Mitch.>> After it was clear he lost late Tuesday night, McConnell's campaign trolled Blankenship with a tweet saying, quote, thanks for playing, Don. In Indiana, the anti-establishment candidate won. Businessman Mike Braun, who cast himself as an outsider in the model of Donald Trump, defeated two members of Congress for the GOP Senate nomination.
He'll face off against incumbent Democrat, Senator Joe Donnelly. In Ohio, where liberal Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is another top Republican target, Congressman Jim Renacci won the GOP nomination over Cleveland area investment banker Michael Gibbons.