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Chuck Quirmbach

Republican Leah Vukmir will challenge Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in November’s general election, as Vukmir won Tuesday’s partisan primary for Wisconsin U.S. Senate.

Leading up to primary election day, the race between Vukmir and her major contender Kevin Nicholson was close. Both she and Nicholson ran as strong supporters of President Donald Trump.

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Tony Evers will face-off with Republican Gov. Scott Walker in November’s general election, as he won Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

He beat out seven other Democratic candidates vying for the chance to challenge Walker. Lucas was the only one who's won a statewide election before and now faces his biggest challenge yet.

Walker has built up a big financial advantage for his re-election bid. He's already run many television ads touting his record of the past eight years.

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Earnell Lucas won Tuesday's Democratic primary for Milwaukee County Sheriff.

He beat two other Democrats running for sheriff, Acting Sheriff Richard Schmidt and Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff Robert Ostrowski. Lucas will likely win the Nov. 6 general election, as no Republicans ran in the primary. However, there still may be Republican write-ins.

Updated at 12:30 a.m. ET

Vermont voters made history on Tuesday as Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, won the Democratic primary for governor.

Hallquist, who will now face Vermont Republican Gov. Phil Scott in the general election, becomes the first openly transgender person to ever win a major party's nomination for governor in U.S. history. If she wins in November, she'd be the nation's first transgender governor.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a staunch ally of President Trump, has won the state's razor-thin Republican primary for governor after incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded on Tuesday night.

"This election is probably the closest in America, but the numbers are just not there unless we were to go to extraordinary measures," Colyer said.

Today's partisan primary elections include races for governor, U.S. Senate, seats in the House of Representatives and Milwaukee County Sheriff.

As the results come in, projected winners of Wisconsin's Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, partisan primary will be marked in bold. Those candidates will advance to the Nov. 6 general election.

Governor

Republican:
Robert Meyer
Scott Walker (R), incumbent

Rep. Keith Ellison easily won the Democratic primary for Minnesota attorney general, the Associated Press projected, just hours after the Democratic National Committee said it is reviewing allegations of domestic abuse against Minnesota congressman, who also serves as the party's deputy chair.

In its first statement on the allegations against Ellison, the DNC tells NPR:

"These allegations recently came to light and we are reviewing them. All allegations of domestic abuse are disturbing and should be taken seriously."

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Discord Over Non-Disclosure Agreements

Aug 14, 2018

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a reality television show star and former political aide, got the boot from the White House in December of 2017.

Over the course of her press tour promoting her book, Manigault Newman has made some astonishing claims. Kellyanne Conway, counselor to President Donald Trump, has confirmed one of them. Speaking to ABC News last Sunday, she said senior administration officials had been asked to sign non-disclosure agreements, or NDAs. And on Monday, the president confirmed it, too.

Updated at 1:59 p.m. ET

Paul Manafort's defense team rested on Tuesday without calling any witnesses to testify in the bank and tax fraud trial, including Manafort himself.

The move means the trial is nearing its end, as closing arguments are expected to begin on Wednesday morning.

Defense attorney Kevin Downing told Judge T.S. Ellis III about his team's decision before the court broke for lunch Tuesday and repeated it again in the afternoon to make it official in front of the jury.

Updated at 4:35 p.m. ET

President Trump's campaign arm has filed a complaint with an arbitrator, accusing former White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman of violating a 2016 confidentiality agreement with her tell-all book and publicity tour.

In her book, Unhinged, and the accompanying tour, Manigault Newman has been harshly critical of the president, calling Trump a racist and suggesting that he suffers from dementia.

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