Even in this “crazy” political period that we’re living through, sometimes elections are boring ... and even a little predictable. Both Republican and Democratic voters mostly avoided nominating potentially disastrous general election candidates in primaries in four states on Tuesday night. (Hence, we're calling a wrap on this live blog.)\nIn West Virginia, Patrick Morrisey, the state’s attorney general, won the U.S. Senate primary over U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins and Don Blankenship, the Trumpian former coal mining executive who was convicted on a charge related to the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster and recently spent a year in jail. The most important headline is that Morrisey has the potential to give incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin a tough race considering West Virginia’s increasingly Republican lean in national races. (Manchin easily won his primary, although the Democrat running to his left, Paula Jean Swearengin, performed respectably.) A secondary headline, given that Blankenship finished in a quite distant third place, is that internal “polls” supposedly showing Blankenship surging may have been bullshit all along and driven a false narrative about the election -- a lesson that news organizations should learn from but probably won’t.\nIn Ohio, Democrat Richard Cordray and Republican Mike DeWine easily won their respective primaries, with the establishment-backed Cordray beating former presidential candidate and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich by a considerably wider margin than polls predicted. Ohio is increasingly red, but in a blue-leaning year with two experienced candidates -- Cordray is the former Ohio attorney general and DeWine is the current one -- the general election is likely to be competitive. As expected, U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate; he’ll face incumbent Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who was unopposed.\nThe night wasn’t entirely without success for upstart candidates. In Indiana, businessman and former state Rep. Mike Braun easily won the U.S. Senate primary over two U.S. representatives, Todd Rokita and Luke Messer. But Braun is much more in the mold of Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, a business owner turned conservative but fairly conventional U.S. senator, than he is of someone like Blankenship. Braun might make it ever-so-slightly harder for Republicans to knock off incumbent Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly, who was unopposed -- but if there are major red flags in Braun’s general election candidacy, they haven’t been discovered yet.\nPerhaps the worst news for Republicans came in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, where incumbent U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger was defeated by challenger Mark Harris. That will push the district, which was already expected to be competitive, further into toss-up status.\nAll in all, however, these are pretty minor wounds for a Republican Party that has done a lot of self-inflicted damage to itself in Senate and gubernatorial primaries in past years.