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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010, 12:01 pm

Post-primaries wrap-up


I’ve got to ask, Did anybody really think Specter could win a Democratic primary in Pennsylvania? If it’s true that Americans are more partisan and divided now than in the recent past, Democrats would never choose a candidate who has been a party member for only one year — especially when Joe Sestak did such an awesome job of  linking Specter to Republicans (not that it’s hard to do). I don’t think so, Arlen.

Here’s a quick look at some of what has hit the Web so far.

  • Over at TPMCafe.com, Robert Reich says the results are “a swing against the establishment” caused by middle class economic angst.
  • Jonathan Martin and Charles Mahtesian at Politico say the victory of Democrat Mark Crist over Republican Tim Burns in Pennsylvania’s special election for the house seat inDistrict 12 (which, by the way, voted for John McCain in 2008), contradicted the evidence pointing to Republican House gains in the fall.
  • Politico also ran a story titled “No surprises in Oregon,” which seems to be everybody’s take on primaries there — victory for incumbent Sen. Ron Wyden (D) and Jim Huffman (R), and Former Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) and former professional basketball player Chris Dudley(R).

Full results of yesterday’s primaries, courtesy of the Associate Press:

Kentucky race for Senate seat:

Tea party-backed candidate Rand Paul captured GOP nomination, defeating GOP establishment candidate and Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

Attorney General Jack Conway won Senate Democratic nomination, beating Lt. Gov. Daniel Mongiardo.

Kentucky races for House seats:

Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran Todd Lally won Louisville’s 3rd District Republican race.

Jim Holbert won the state’s lone contested Democratic primary for the right to face Republican Hal Rogers, who represents eastern Kentucky’s 5th District.

Attorney and college teacher Andy Barr won Lexington’s 6th District GOP race.

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Pennsylvania race for Senate seat:

Rep. Joe Sestak took Democratic Senate nomination, ousting five-term veteran Sen. Arlen Specter.

Former Rep. Pat Toomey won Republican Senate nomination.

Pennsylvania races for House seats:

Democrat Mark Critz, an aide to the late Democratic Rep. John Murtha, defeated Republican businessman Tim Burns in a special election to serve the remaining months in Murtha’s term.

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper won Democratic primary over challenger Mel Marin.

Pennsylvania governor:

Attorney General Tom Corbett captured Republican nomination.

Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato won Democratic nomination.

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Arkansas race for Senate seat:

Sen. Blanche Lincoln failed to win the majority of votes in the Democratic primary. Lincoln is headed toward a June 8 runoff with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for her party’s nomination.

Rep. John Boozman won Republican nomination for Senate.

Arkansas races for House seats:

Rick Crawford was voted the GOP nominee in Arkansas’ 1st Congressional District for the seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Marion Berry.

Former White House aide Tim Griffin defeated Scott Wallace to claim the Republican nomination for Arkansas’ 2nd District congressional seat being vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder.

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Oregon race for Senate seat:

Sen. Ron Wyden won Democratic nomination to seek a third full term.

Law professor Jim Huffman won Republican Senate nomination.

Oregon governor’s race:

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber won Democratic nomination.

Former professional basketball player Chris Dudley won the Republican nomination, defeating Allen Alley.

Mario Carmine Moretto is editor of Politicator and a founding editor of the Observer.

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