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August 8, 2018

Wesley Bell, a Ferguson city council member, defeated incumbent St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

McCulloch has been prosecutor since 1991, and he's known for having close ties to local police departments. After the August 2014 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, McCulloch's office declined to press charges, a move criticized by many, and a grand jury later chose not to indict Wilson on murder or manslaughter charges.

Bell, who is black, ran as a reformer, and during the campaign he said he would not seek the death penalty, opposed new legislation creating mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes, and would get rid of cash bail for nonviolent offenses, HuffPost reports. Because no one ran on the Republican side, Bell, 43, does not have a challenger in November's general election. Catherine Garcia

August 7, 2018

On Tuesday, voters in Missouri rejected Proposition A, a right-to-work measure that would have banned mandatory union fees in work contracts.

Unions spent millions to defeat the measure, arguing it would lower wages. In 2017, Missouri's Republican-led legislature and governor passed the right-to-work law, but labor unions were able to get enough signatures for a public referendum, and it never took effect. Since 2012, five other GOP-led states have enacted similar laws against mandatory union fees, Fox 4 reports. Catherine Garcia

August 7, 2018

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Ohio's 12th congressional district is too close to call.

Republican Troy Balderson has 101,566 votes, and Democrat Danny O'Connor has 99,800. Green Party candidate Joe Manchik is a distant third, with 1,127 votes. MSNBC's Steve Kornacki reports that 3,435 provisional ballots were cast, but the Ohio secretary of state's website says provisional ballots aren't touched until at least 10 days after an election.

Republicans spent millions on the race, with President Trump holding a rally there last week in support of Balderson, and the last time a Democrat won the district was in the 1980s. Regardless of who wins, the two candidates will face off again in the regular election in November. Catherine Garcia

August 7, 2018

Gretchen Whitmer won the Democratic nomination for Michigan governor on Tuesday night, while Bill Schuette, the state's attorney general, won the Republican nomination.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) is leaving office due to term limits. Schuette defeated Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, state Sen. Patrick Colbeck, and Dr. Jim Hines, while Whitmer, a former legislative leader, was victorious over businessman Shri Thanedar and former Detroit health director Abdul El-Sayed. The Democratic Party views the Michigan governorship as a top target this November. Catherine Garcia

August 7, 2018

This November, voters in Missouri will choose between incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill and Republican Josh Hawley, the state's attorney general.

In Tuesday's Republican primary, Hawley, who had the backing of President Trump, defeated 10 other candidates. McCaskill easily won her Democratic primary, and is vying for a third term. On Tuesday night, McCaskill said she would "never stop being an independent voice for Missouri." Catherine Garcia

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