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Tuesday’s Primaries Were Dull, and That’s OK

It’s good for the health of both parties. Plus, Jonathan Bernstein’s morning links.

Don Blankenship concedes defeat in the Republican West Virginia Senate primary.

Don Blankenship concedes defeat in the Republican West Virginia Senate primary.

Photographer: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images

Four states went to the polls on Tuesday and the results were … something of a dud. That’s not bad news; better to have boring primary results than dysfunctional surprises. 

The Republicans easily turned back Don Blankenship in the West Virginia Senate primary after he ran as an irresponsible bigot. Democrats reportedly feared runner-up Evan Jenkins more than nominee Patrick Morrisey, but Blankenship finished a distant third with just 20 percent of the vote.