Nevada, Maine, North Dakota, and South Carolina primaries: 4 winners and 2 losers

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Four sets of primary elections on Tuesday confirmed the salience of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement and were a reminder of the challenges Democrats could have in motivating their base to defend incumbents in November.

Nevada was the center of much of the political action Tuesday night, with heated Republican primaries unfolding for the US Senate, governor, and secretary of state seats. President Joe Biden won the state by a much narrower margin than expected in 2020 — and Republicans are hoping political tailwinds boost their efforts to take over all four of the state’s top offices.

Elsewhere, the power of former President Donald Trump’s endorsement shone through Republican primary competitions, with the former president’s picks sweeping the field in Nevada and North Dakota and upsetting the standing of incumbents in South Carolina.

Those primaries, as…

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