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Paul Mango, Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, campaigns in Canonsburg, Pa. Monday, May 14, 2018, the day before the Pennsylvania primary where he faces two other Republicans, Scott Wagner and Laura Ellsworth. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Paul Mango, right, Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, attends a campaign rally with lieutenant governor candidate Diana Vaughn, in Canonsburg, Pa., Monday, May 14, 2018, a day before the Pennsylvania primary where he faces two other Republicans, Scott Wagner and Laura Ellsworth. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
FILE - In this April 5, 2018, photo, Kara Eastman and Brad Ashford, two Democrats vying to challenge 2nd District House incumbent Don Bacon, R-Neb., pose for a photo in Omaha, Neb. Democratic and independent voters will pick one as the party's nominee in the Tuesday, May 15, primary election. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
FILE - In this April 27, 2017, file photo, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks in the Capitol ceremonial office in Salem, Ore. Oregon voters will choose candidates Tuesday, May 15, 2018, to compete in the state's general election, a primary contest that sees Democrats striving to consolidate power while Republicans hope to make gains. (AP Photo/Kristena Hansen, File)
FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2012, file photo, Knute Buehler, who ran for Oregon Secretary of State, makes a concession speech to supporters at a Republican election party in Portland Ore. Oregon voters will choose candidates Tuesday, May 15, 2018, to compete in the state's general election, a primary contest that sees Democrats striving to consolidate power while Republicans hope to make gains. (AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens, File)
FILE - In this March 25, 2018, file photo, Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Wooldridge answers questions at a debate hosted by Oregon Women for Trump in Keizer, Ore. Oregon voters will choose candidates Tuesday, May 15, 2018, to compete in the state's general election, a primary contest that sees Democrats striving to consolidate power while Republicans hope to make gains. (Molly J. Smith/Statesman-Journal via AP, File)
Scott Wagner, Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, center, and lieutenant governor candidate Jeff Bartos, right, greet supporters as they campaign at a diner in Imperial, Pa., Monday, May 14, 2018, the day before the Pennsylvania primary where he faces two other Republicans, Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Scott Wagner, Republican candidate for Pennsylvania Governor, left, and lieutenant governor candidate Jeff Bartos, right, talks with diners as they campaign in Imperial, Pa., Monday, May 14, 2018 , the day before the Pennsylvania primary where he faces two other Republicans, Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
FILE – In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., smiles as he talks with reporters after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York. During Pennsylvania's Tuesday, May 15, 2018, primary election, Republican Party voters in the state will select Barletta or Pennsylvania state Rep. Jim Christiana as their nominee to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Bob Casey's re-election bid. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
This Oct. 14, 2016 photo shows Rep. Jim Christiana in Beaver, Pa, Pennsylvania's thus-far sleepy U.S. Senate race could nonetheless help determine whether Republicans maintain control of the chamber. U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta is heavily favored over state Rep. Jim Christiana in Tuesday's Republican primary election. Republicans control the Senate, 51-49. (Lucy Schaly/Beaver County Times via AP)
FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., smiles during a news conference in Omaha, Neb., after winning the race for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District. The Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District has changed party hands twice in the past two elections, and Democrats Brad Ashford and Kara Eastman are optimistic they can defeat first-term U.S. Rep. Don Bacon. Democratic and independent voters will pick Ashford or Eastman as the party's nominee in the primary election on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, speaks during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho. With Idaho's strong red state roots, the GOP primary is often considered the most competitive leg of the election because Republican candidates rarely face a strong Democratic challenge in November. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)
FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, Republican Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist, from left, Lt. Gov. Brad Little and Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, participate in a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho. With Idaho's strong red state roots, the GOP primary is often considered the most competitive leg of the election because Republican candidates rarely face a strong Democratic challenge in November. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)
FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little speaks during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho. With Idaho's strong red state roots, the GOP primary is often considered the most competitive leg of the election because Republican candidates rarely face a strong Democratic challenge in November. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)
FILE - In this April 23, 2018, file photo, Republican Boise businessman Tommy Ahlquist speaks during a debate at the studios of Idaho Public Television in Boise, Idaho. With Idaho's strong red state roots, the GOP primary is often considered the most competitive leg of the election because Republican candidates rarely face a strong Democratic challenge in November. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger, File)
FILE - In this March 25, 2018, file photo, Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidate Sam Carpenter answers a question at a debate hosted by Oregon Women for Trump ion Keizer, Ore. Oregon voters will choose candidates Tuesday, May 15, 2018, to compete in the state's general election, a primary contest that sees Democrats striving to consolidate power while Republicans hope to make gains.. (Molly J. Smith/Statesman-Journal via AP, File)
FILE - In this April 8, 2014, file photo, Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., talks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Nebraska voters on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, will pick U.S. Senate nominees for both parties out of crowded fields of candidates who hope to claim the seat held by incumbent Fischer. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler gathered with supporters in Wilsonville, Oregon, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Buehler, a doctor and state representative from Bend, won Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial primary and will face Gov. Kate Brown in November. (Randy L. Rasmussen/The Oregonian via AP)
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., Republican primary candidate for U.S. Senate, talks to supporters during an election night results party, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Hazleton, Pa. Barletta, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who first got national notice as a small-city mayor for his attempted crackdown on illegal immigration, on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., Republican primary candidate for U.S. Senate, gestures after talking to supporters during an election night results party, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Hazleton, Pa. Barletta, a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who first got national notice as a small-city mayor for his attempted crackdown on illegal immigration, on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Democratic 2nd District House candidate Kara Eastman hugs her campaign manager Ben Onkka, in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, May 15, 2018, as she holds a slim lead over Brad Ashford in the primary election. Omaha-area voters are set to pick a Democratic nominee Tuesday who will challenge U.S. Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., after the congressman claimed the seat from Democrats two years ago. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

President Donald Trump backed two successful U.S. Senate nominees in Pennsylvania and Nebraska, which were among four states holding primaries Tuesday.

The primaries began to settle swing state Pennsylvania's chaotic congressional landscape after a court fight ended with redrawn districts just three months ago. Amid the redistricting, Republican Rick Saccone recorded his second loss in two months in two U.S. House districts.

Among the more unusual results of Tuesday's primaries was the loss by Pennsylvania's Democratic lieutenant governor, Mike Stack, who was ousted by mayor John Fetterman.

Oregon and Idaho also held primary elections.

Here's a look at some of the other interesting races:

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TRUMP'S PICKS PREVAIL

Two of the president's favored candidates, Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania and Deb Fischer in Nebraska, won their U.S. Senate primaries.

Trump congratulated his picks in a pair of tweets Wednesday morning.

Barletta, currently a congressman, was heavily favored over state Rep. Jim Christiana to become the Republican challenger for Democratic Sen. Bob Casey, who is seeking a third term in November.

Barletta was a Trump supporter before the 2016 presidential nomination was settled. Trump asked Barletta to run for Senate, and the president is expected to visit Pennsylvania to campaign for him. The president also recorded telephone calls last weekend backing Barletta "fully, strongly and proudly."

Fischer, the incumbent, defeated four GOP challengers and will be the strong favorite to win re-election in deep-red Nebraska. Her Democratic opponent is Lincoln City Councilwoman Jane Raybould.

Last week, Trump urged GOP Senate primary voters to support Rep. Jim Renacci in the Ohio Senate and oppose former coal company executive Don Blankenship in West Virginia. Renacci won and Blankenship lost.

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WOMEN RULE IN REDRAWN DISTRICTS

Pennsylvania could send at least three women Congress next year, breaking the all-male hold on the state's 18-member U.S. House delegation.

Mary Gay Scanlon won a 10-way Democratic primary and Madeleine Dean won a three-way Democratic primary on Tuesday night for two suburban Philadelphia seats that are likely to flip to Democrats following a court-ordered redrawing of the state's congressional district boundaries.

Meanwhile, Chrissy Houlahan is the uncontested Democratic nominee for another suburban Philadelphia seat where she's heavily favored in November.

Women won contested Democratic primaries in three other seats in Pennsylvania, although two of those seats are in solidly Republican districts and another is considered a toss-up in November.

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INCUMBENT LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR FALLS

Mike Stack became the first holder of the Pennsylvania lieutenant governor's office to lose in a primary election.

John Fetterman, the Braddock mayor, won the five-way Democratic Party primary race for lieutenant governor Tuesday, meaning he will run on a ticket with Gov. Tom Wolf in the fall. Pennsylvania first started allowing lieutenant governors to serve a second term in the 1970s.

Fetterman had made a failed bid in 2016 for the U.S. Senate.

Stack, a former Philadelphia state senator, has had a chilly relationship with Wolf in their first term together.

Wolf last year ordered an investigation into the treatment of state employees by Stack and his wife and stripped Stack of state police protection.

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SECOND LOSS IN TWO MONTHS FOR SACCONE

Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone, who lost a special election two months ago to Democrat Conor Lamb for a congressional seat, has now lost a two-way Republican primary for a different U.S. House seat.

Saccone lost Tuesday's 14th Congressional District primary election to state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler for the open seat in a heavily Republican, newly drawn district.

In March, Lamb narrowly beat Saccone in a district that President Donald Trump won in 2016 by about 20 percentage points. The president campaigned in the district twice and sent several tweets on Saccone's behalf. The White House later contended that it was Lamb who had had embraced the president's policies and vision.

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POLITICAL NEWCOMER WINS IN NEBRASKA

Social worker and political newcomer Kara Eastman has won the Democratic nomination for Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District.

Eastman defeated former Rep. Brad Ashford in Tuesday's primary election with a campaign that cast her as a champion of liberal ideals, including supporting a single-payer health care system.

Eastman contrasted herself against Ashford, a centrist and former Republican who focused on his legislative experience and willingness to work with conservatives.

She will now face Rep. Don Bacon, a first-term Republican who defeated Ashford in the 2016 election.

Ashford had been the first Democrat in two decades to win the district, which encompasses much of the Omaha metro area. Although Omaha's strong Democratic core is balanced out by more conservative suburbs, the district gives Democrats a fighting chance of capturing a congressional seat in a state that is otherwise overwhelmingly Republican.

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OREGON CHOOSES GOP CANDIDATE AMONG 10 GUBERNATORIAL HOPEFULS

State Rep. Knute Buehler has emerged from a crowded primary to capture the Republican nomination for Oregon governor.

Buehler, who ran for secretary of state in 2012, was the most centrist of the Republican front-runners. He was among 10 GOP candidates in the primary.

However, Democratic Gov. Kate Brown remains the favorite to win in November. Brown became governor in 2015 upon the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber following an ethics scandal, and she won a special election in 2016.

Oregon is among eight states where Democrats control the governorship and both houses of the state legislature. Voters who identify as Democrats also outnumber their Republican counterparts by more than 9 percentage points.

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IN IDAHO GOVERNOR'S RACE, A DEMOCRATIC FIRST

When former state Rep. Paulette Jordan, 38, won her primary, she became the first woman to be the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho. If she wins the general election, Jordan, a member of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, would not only be the first woman to serve as Idaho governor but also the first Native American woman to serve in that position in any state.

But she faces a difficult race: Idaho hasn't elected a Democratic governor since 1990, and the Republican Party now controls a supermajority on all federal, state and legislative seats.

Lt. Gov. Brad Little, 64, a rancher who has spent the past 16 years in elected office, secured the GOP nomination. He's the pick of Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, who decided not to seek a fourth term.

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