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Today four states -- North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi and Utah -- finished off their primaries, holding run-off elections to determine their final slate for November.

North Carolina

NC-Sen: Elaine Marshal won comfortably against DSCC candidate Cal Cunningham for the Democratic nomination and will face off against Sen. Richard Burr (R) in November.

NC-08: Harold Johnson beat tea party loon Tim D'Annunzio and will challenge freshman Rep. Larry Kissell (D). The GOP leadership is cheering.

South Carolina

SC-Gov: Nikki Haley crushed J. Gresham Barrett and will face Democratic nominee Vincent Sheheen this November.

SC-01: Tim Scott beat Paul Thurmond, the son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, and will face off against Ben Frasier, the Democratic nominee that doesn't appear to actually be running for the seat.

SC-03: Jeff Duncan won out over Richard Cash and will face Democratic nominee Jane Ballard Dyer for the seat J. Gresham Barrett gave up to run for Governor.

SC-04: As already noted by Jed Lewison, incumbent Rep. Bob Inglis faced the wrath of Glenn Beckites and was slaughtered by Trey Gowdy. Gowdy will beat whoever the heck the Democratic nominee happens to be.

Mississippi

MS-02: Tea party candidates Bill Marcy and Richard Cook are currently duking it out to see who will lose to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D) this fall. Marcy is currently ahead.

Utah

UT-Sen: Mike Lee holds an early lead over Tim Bridgewater in the race to decide who will replace Sen. Bob Bennett. The winner will face Democratic nominee Sam Granato.

UT-02: It looks like incumbent Rep. Jim Matheson (D) will hold on and face Republican nominee Morgan Philpot.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 08:16 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Strom's son not winning. Good! Nt (7+ / 0-)

    "They pour syrup on shit and tell us it's hotcakes." Meteor Blades

    by JugOPunch on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 08:18:07 PM PDT

  •  NC-13 Bill Randall won the R primary (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bear83, HylasBrook

    He of the Obama/Bp conspiracy in the Gulf oil spill....And Teabag favorite.

    Brad Miller should have a fun campaign with that guy this fall.

    Here we are now Entertain us I feel stupid and contagious

    by Scarce on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 08:26:52 PM PDT

  •  So proud of Elaine Marshall, (11+ / 0-)

    her grassroots campaign, and her refusal to go negative against her Democratic opponents.

  •  Strom Thurmond Poltergeist? (6+ / 0-)

    SC-01: Tim Scott beat Paul Thurmond, the son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, and will face off against Ben Frasier, the Democratic nominee that doesn't appear to actually be running for the seat.

    Is that a "Colored" or "White" Thurmond offspring?

    We are all Fish in the Gulf..and.. I back the "Corporations Ain't People Act"

    by olo on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 08:29:28 PM PDT

  •  East coast does have some late primaries (0+ / 0-)

    excepting in presidential years.

    Legacy did no good in South Carolina. Interesting.

  •  WA-08 (6+ / 0-)

    Seattle PI just published my critique on Red-to-Blue target Dave Reichert.

    Conservatives have a special gift for cloaking self-interest in self-righteousness.

    by Sarge in Seattle on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 08:41:35 PM PDT

  •  Looks like Nimrata won (0+ / 0-)

    Barack Obama for President '08

    by v2aggie2 on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 08:44:47 PM PDT

  •  SC progress (3+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus, killjoy, amk for obama

    SC-01: Tim Scott beat Paul Thurmond, the son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, and will face off against Ben Frasier, the Democratic nominee that doesn't appear to actually be running for the seat.

    South Carolina gets bashed a lot for their elected officials, but they are poised to elect an Indian-American, Sikh-Christian governor and an unmarried, black Republican who defeated the son of one of the loudest voices of segregation, Strom Thurmond.

    Neither candidate would get my vote in this life or the next, because they belong to a party with horrible policy prescriptions, but the fact that so many South Carolinians chose them to represent them, is by several measures, a great sign of progress.

  •  Bennie Thompson will wipe the floor (1+ / 0-)
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    HeyMikey

    With any Tea Party loon in the home of the Blues.  Bennie has been reelected seven time already.  He's the Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.  Although he's quiet he's one of the main men of the House.  He deserves to be better known around here.

    From Wikipedia:

    On December 7, 2006, Thompson was elected by his House colleagues to serve as Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, a Congressional committee responsible for providing government oversight on terrorism and disaster relief agencies. As a former volunteer firefighter and local official, Thompson has focused the Committee on assuring that state and local officials, as well as first responders (fire, police, EMTs), have the resources they need to protect their communities.

    Thompson became an outspoken advocate for the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit in 2005. From his position on the Homeland Security Committee, he pushed for accountability at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a careful review of the role of the Red Cross in the time of disaster. He also pursued waste, fraud, and abuse in hurricane contracting and called for preferences to be given to small and Gulf Coast businesses in the recovery and rebuilding of the affected states. Thompson is the founding Member of the bipartisan Gulf Coast Recovery & Rebuilding Caucus in the House of Representatives.

    Thompson also belongs to the Congressional Black Caucus, Congressional Progressive Caucus, Congressional Rural Caucus, Congressional Sunbelt Caucus, Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Caucus, Congressional Travel & Tourism Caucus, and the Tennessee Valley Authority Caucus. He also is involved in the Congressional Children's Working Group and the National Guard & Reserve Components Congressional Members Organization.

    Thompson's legislative platform focuses mainly on homeland security, civil rights, agriculture and rural issues, equal education and health care reform. In 1975, he became one of the original plaintiffs in the Ayers Case, which concerned the adequate funding of predominantly black educational institutes in Mississippi. In 2000, Thompson wrote legislation that created the National Center for Minority Health and Health Care Disparities.

    He was one of the 31 who voted in the House to refuse to count the electoral votes from Ohio in the 2004 presidential election.

    Along with John Conyers, in April 2006, Thompson brought an action against George W. Bush and others alleging violations of the Constitution in the passing of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The case (Conyers v. Bush) was ultimately dismissed.

    "It's too LATE to stop now!" - John Lee Hooker

    by Rolfyboy6 on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 09:03:02 PM PDT

    •  Great sig! And good news! (0+ / 0-)

      I live in GA, but my family's roots are in Booneville (Travis Childers country). Always glad to hear of a Democrat winning in Mississippi.

      "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

      by HeyMikey on Wed Jun 23, 2010 at 07:56:18 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  A 2nd Indian-American Governor (0+ / 0-)

    Who is from the gop, looked like I joined the wrong arty =)

    "There is nothing wrong with America can't be cured by what is right with America" -Bill Clinton

    by SensibleDemocrat on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 09:11:11 PM PDT

  •  Segregationist Strom must be rolling... (0+ / 0-)

    over in his grave tonight. :-)  But what's this about the dem not even trying?  What's up with that?

    " But as Americans, and as a nation, we will not be terrorized. We will not cower in fear. We will not be intimidated." - President Obama, 5/4

    by BarackStarObama on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 09:17:57 PM PDT

  •  Kudos to claudia wright for going (0+ / 0-)

    after the blue dog incumbent, matheson UT-02. a message at least has been sent.

    "For the cost of deploying one soldier for one year, it is possible to build about 20 schools." N. Kristof

    by UTvoter on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 09:28:50 PM PDT

  •  We need more Beckies. (0+ / 0-)

    The more exposure a few Beckies in congress gets the further the same middle will get away from the Republican Party.

    Come to the BP vigil of sanity.

  •  California Senate-15 (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Odysseus

    For those of you not aware, this is a pretty important special election. It was held to replace Abel Maldonado (R), who was selected by The Governator to be Lt. Gov. (in a creepy kind of deal) after John Garamendi (D) was elected to congress from the Lt. Governancy.

    Maldonado was a key crossover vote in a couple of budget deals, but was always striking a deal.

    The district itself snakes from Santa Clara county all the way down to Santa Barbara, touching the Central Coast, and is sort of horribly gerrymandered. For those of you not familiar with the size of California, a State Senator here actually represents more people than a US Congressman does in Congress by district size.

    The candidates are former State Rep. John Laird (D-Santa Cruz) who was a respected compromiser on legislative issues requiring nuance, but a leading advocate of civil rights (including marriage equality) and educational issues. His opponent is Sam Blakeslee, a current GOP state representative from Santa Barbara who has on his resume a stint as an oil executive (Exxon!) and as recently as last year was advocating expanding offshore drilling here in California. He also got the backing of the usual suspects: Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Foundation (the people behind Proposition 13), Chamber of Commerce, etc.

    The seat is critical because the Dems are one seat away from having a 2/3 majority required to pass a budget. As it is, the Republicans hold the budget process hostage right now, and much of the state problems that are not inherently structural are caused by this logjam.

    As of about 10 minutes ago, the turnout was horrible (below 30%) as was probably planned by timing the special election here (there are NO other races, and we just had a primary two weeks ago!), and Blakeslee was winning 49%-42% with the rest of the votes going to third parties.

    The good news, if there is any, is that if he fails to get to 50% there will be a run-off in the general election, and with increased turnout for the Gubernatorial election, there's a much better chance Laird will win the second time around

    As it is, this is going to be a serious nailbiter.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 10:19:52 PM PDT

  •  I started a Results Diary for Calif. Senate-15 (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Odysseus

    Link here.

    Again, the reason this is important: this seat could well determine control over the budget process in California for the next two years.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 10:33:05 PM PDT

  •  Painful to realize I know more about (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Odysseus

    the GOP and Tea Party candidates than about the Democrats in these races.

    What can we do about this?

    How can we make our candidates appear like 3 dimensional people with something to offer, with some positive appeal? Instead of just bashing Conservatives and crack pots?

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 10:59:02 PM PDT

  •  I don't care about race and gender (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Odysseus

    of candidates so much as I care about who they really represent....corporate and wealthy interests or public interest.

    GOP that thinks a handful of brown people in the GOP points to the future says nothing about defending the public interest.

    Media Reform Action Link http://stopbigmedia.com/

    by LNK on Tue Jun 22, 2010 at 11:02:37 PM PDT

  •  English Usage (0+ / 0-)

    I mean this to be helpful to all -- even if it's coming from my petty irritation!  

       "SC-01: Tim Scott beat Paul Thurmond, the son of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond, and will face off against Ben Frasier, the Democratic nominee that doesn't appear to actually be running for the seat...."

    When referring to people it's better to use "WHO"...

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