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ICYMI: Top stories of the week

By Ballotpedia staff

We’ve got Indiana, Ohio election results

On Tuesday, voters in Indiana and Ohio went to the polls and kicked off the May/June primary bonanza (60% of this year’s statewide primaries occur in May and June!). Some of the biggest storylines of the night:

  • J.D. Vance wins Ohio Senate nomination: J.D. Vance defeated six other candidates to win the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat in Ohio currently held by Rob Portman (R). 
  • Tim Ryan wins Ohio Senate nomination: Tim Ryan defeated Morgan Harper and Traci Johnson to win the Democratic nomination for Ohio’s open U.S. Senate seat.
  • Decade-high number of incumbent defeats in Indiana state legislative primaries: Six members of Indiana’s state legislature—one senator and five representatives—lost re-election to primary challengers Tuesday.

Read more highlights in Thursday’s edition of the Daily Brew, and find full election results at the link below.

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Thirty-eight announced upcoming Article III vacancies

According to the latest vacancy data from the U.S. Courts, there were 38 announced upcoming vacancies for Article III judgeships. These positions are not yet vacant but will be at some point. The vacancies will result from judges choosing to retire or assume senior status. In the meantime, these judges continue to serve in their current positions.

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President Joe Biden’s approval at 41%, congressional approval at 27%

Ballotpedia’s polling index showed Biden at 41% approval and 52% disapproval as of April 30. At the end of March, his approval rating was also at 41%. 

Congress was at 27% approval and 59% disapproval. At the end of March, its approval rating was 23%. 

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