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Democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf takes the stage at his primary election night party in Santander Stadium with daughters and wife in York, Pennsylvania  May 20, 2014. REUTERS/Mark Makela (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR3Q3KK
Tom Wolf, the newly minted Democratic nominee for governor in Pennsylvania
Tuesday was the biggest primary night of the year to date, with voters in six different states choosing nominees in a wide variety of contests. Here's a recap of all the key action, state-by-state, with Daily Kos Elections' general election competitiveness rating for each race:

KY-Sen (R): Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell handily dispatched tea partying businessman Matt Bevin by a 60-35 margin. McConnell will now face Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes in one of the year's marquee matchups. (Lean R)

GA-Sen (R): Businessman David Perdue edged Rep. Jack Kingston 31-26, with former Secretary of State Karen Handel finishing third with 22. Because no candidate cleared 50 percent of the vote, Perdue and Kingston will square off again in a July 22 runoff. The winner will run against Democratic non-profit CEO Michelle Nunn, the daughter of ex-Sen. Sam Nunn, in the fall. (Likely R)

GA-01 (R): Several Georgia House races are also headed to runoffs, including the contest for Kingston's seat. State Sen. Buddy Carter, as expected, finished in front of the six-candidate pack, taking 36 percent to 23 percent for physician Bob Johnson. (Safe R)

GA-04 (D): Rep. Hank Johnson, who'd raised some caution flags with some eccentric comments over the years, survived a reasonably close brush with DeKalb County Sheriff Tom Brown, winning 55-45. (Safe D)

Head below the fold for recaps of all the other top races.

GA-10 (R): The race for Rep. Paul Broun's seat wound up incredibly tight on Tuesday night, with both radio host Jody Hice and businessman Mike Collins (a son of ex-Rep. Mac Collins) taking 33 percent of the vote in a seven-person field. Hice finished less than 300 votes ahead of Collins. (Safe R)

GA-11 (R): Democrats might crack a smile at the name of one of the candidates who made it to the runoff in the race to succeed Rep. Phil Gingrey: Bob Barr. The former Republican congressman, notorious Clinton impeachment manager, and privacy gadfly who ran for president on the Libertarian line in 2008, landed in second with 26 percent of the vote. He'll meet state Sen. Barry Loudermilk, who took 37 percent in this six-candidate affair, in the runoff. (Safe R)

GA-12 (R): Delvis has left the building: NRCC pick Delvis Dutton, a state representative, finished third with just 14 percent, but the GOP caught a break anyway, because businessman (and 2012 candidate) Rick Allen avoided a runoff by capturing 54 percent of the vote. (Businessman Eugene Yu, a very shady figure, took 17.) This gives Allen a clear shot at Rep. John Barrow, one of the last Democrats to hold down seriously red turf anywhere in the nation. But Barrow has proven very hard to beat in the past and likely will again. (Lean D)

PA-Gov (D): Wealthy businessman Tom Wolf, who poured many millions into his own campaign, absolutely crushed the rest of the field, taking an outright majority of 58 percent. Rep. Allyson Schwartz finished a very distant second with 18, while state Treasurer Rob McCord took 17 and former state environmental secretary Katie McGinty managed just 8. (For a good post-mortem on what ailed Schwartz, the onetime frontrunner, try this.) Wolf will now face GOP Gov. Tom Corbett, who has looked very vulnerable for a long time. (Lean D)

PA-08 (D): Iraq vet Kevin Strouse, an early DCCC recruit, very narrowly edged scientist-turned-businesswoman Shaughnessy Naughton, who had the backing of EMILY's List, prevailing by a 51-49 margin. Strouse now has an uphill battle against GOP Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick in this suburban district. (Likely R)

PA-09 (R): Rep. Bill Shuster survived the night with just 53 percent of the vote, but tea partier Art Halvorson finished relatively far back at 35, thanks to the presence of a third candidate, businessman Travis Schooley, who took the remaining 13 percent. It's a scary result for the incumbent, though, given that he spent heavily and Halvorson was penniless. Next time, Shuster might not get so lucky.

PA-13 (D): State Rep. Brendan Boyle, the only candidate from Philadelphia, won a surprisingly large victory in the race to succeed Schwartz, taking 41 percent of the vote. Ex-Rep. Marjorie Margolies finished second with 27, while state Sen. Daylin Leach, a progressive favorite, took 17, and physician Val Arkoosh 15. (All three are from suburban Montgomery County.) Boyle was the most socially conservative candidate, but he rode geography and heavy union backing to victory and will be a lock in the fall. (Safe D)

AR-02 (R): Banker and former George H.W. Bush aide French Hill (known as "Freedom Hill," 2003-2006) demolished state Rep. Ann Clemmer, 55-23, as expected. Hill will face former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays in the race for GOP Rep. Tim Griffin's seat. (Griffin, incidentally, handily won the primary for lieutenant governor.) (Lean R)

AR-04 (R): In a much closer-than-expected race, state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman defeated energy executive Tommy Moll 54-46. Westerman will square off against Democrat James Lee Witt, a former FEMA director under Bill Clinton, in this open-seat race to succeed Rep. Tom Cotton, who's running for Senate. (Likely R)

ID-Gov (R): Gov. Butch Otter's political career nearly met its maker Tuesday night, as he scraped together just 51 percent of the vote in his quest for a third term. State Sen. Russ Fulcher, who made a huge issue out of Otter's decision to create a health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act, finished with 44, while those two crazy weirdos combined for 5 percent. With just a little more help, Fulcher could have been the nominee. Well, there's always 2018. (Safe R)

ID-02 (R): The Club for Growth initially had high hopes for attorney Bryan Smith and wanted to make an example out of GOP Rep. Mike Simpson, despite his very conservative record. But Smith fizzled out, the Club abandoned him, and Simpson won comfortably, 62-38. (Safe R)

OR-Gov (R): State Rep. Dennis Richardson crushed his five opponents, earning 66 percent of the vote. He'll be a major underdog, though, to Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber in the fall. (Likely D)

OR-Sen (R): The various stalking and harassment allegations surrounding physician Monica Wehby came too late to derail her, thanks in part to Oregon's all-mail voting system that encourages a high level of early voting. Wehby beat state Rep. Jason Conger, who was running as the true conservative, 50-38. She'll face Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley in the fall, when these various stories about her past behavior may play a bigger role. (Likely D)

OR-05 (R): Clackamas County Commissioner Tootie Smith beat former congressional aide Ben Pollock, 63-37. The underfunded Smith will have a difficult time against Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader, though, an incumbent the GOP has never had much luck targeting despite the swingy nature of this district. (Likely D)

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:08 AM PDT.

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  •  PA-08, PA-12, PA-13 (7+ / 0-)

    One, you left out the primary in PA-12.

    And, second, the contrast between Philly and MontCo in PA-13 is really fascinating.

    In Philadelphia, Boyle crushed the other 3:

    Boyle: 69.50%
    MMM: 17.99%
    Arkoosh: 7.56%
    Leach: 4.93%

    But, in MontCo, he came in dead last:

    MMM: 35.27%
    Leach: 26.58%
    Arkoosh: 22.05%
    Boyle: 16.10%

    Lastly, I was very sad to see Naughton lose PA-08. I think she was by far the better candidate in the race. Strouse had more money and the backing of the party elites, so it was still impressive how Naughton held him to a margin of about 700 votes. Really not happy that my former district just voted for an ex-CIA officer, though.

  •  The Oregon GOP amuses me (14+ / 0-)

    Yeah, they think they have a chance this time...I was at the debate where she now infamously ran out of the room to avoid questions about the stalking allegations, she gave one of the worst debate performances I've ever seen.

    Not worried, not one little bit, Merkley will win by 10-15% since I doubt the national GOP will want to waste money fighting uphill here, especially with an even weaker candidate for governor dragging things down.

    Oh and tea partiers had a horrible night in Oregon as did their ballot measures.  Which was also good.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:45:10 AM PDT

  •  One more Oregon thing (13+ / 0-)

    Since the introduction of full vote by mail in 2000, the Oregon GOP has won exactly one statewide race, Gordon Smith's reelection to Senate in 2002.  When you make it easy for people to vote like we do, Democrats win.

    "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

    by skywaker9 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:46:25 AM PDT

    •  I wonder about that Smith win (3+ / 0-)
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      I worked on Bradbury's campaign. The DSCC wouldn't cough up the funds, apparently believing Smith would win and the money would be better spent elsewhere. That was a self-fulfilling prophecy.

      But I wonder what would have happened if Bradbury had been funded. Too much of his time was wasted on the telephone, trying to raise cash.

      Dear NSA: I am only joking.

      by Shahryar on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:27:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I don't think it would have mattered much (1+ / 0-)
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        Smith's approvals were pretty good at that point.

        "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

        by skywaker9 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:31:18 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  and Wyden didn't help with his delayed support (3+ / 0-)
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          Wyden was trumpeting how well he worked with Smith and eventually endorsed Bradbury but took his time. That was long enough to give the impression that he just might not think it was important.

          There was a point where polls showed a single digit lead for Smith. That was when money would have helped.

          Dear NSA: I am only joking.

          by Shahryar on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:37:39 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  he couldn't raise his own money (0+ / 0-)

        he was pretty hopeless.

        ...to the philosopher it is iron and grain that made men civilized and brought on the downfall of the human race. - Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins of Inequality Among Men

        by James Allen on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:18:05 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I really think Wehby's victory in OR is a signal (6+ / 0-)

    that the R base is not ready to move on from ACA to other topics. Wehby's big issue on which she ran agrressively is that she is a doctor who can address the "problems" with the ACA.  

    Speaking as someone who refilled a prescription yesterday, with new coverage thanks to ACA, and the co-pay was $0.00, I think Senator Merkley ought to meet her head-on and trumpet his support of ACA.  

    BTW, a sizeable portion of Oregon's voters still wait until the last three days before an election to cast their ballots. Anectdotally, a lot of folks wait just in case something like this happens and an issue explodes late in the election. Some are just lazy and procrastinate.  I just know when I ran for local office, the numbers showed about 75% of the ballots came in during that last week after they were too late to mail.    

    "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey

    by koosah on Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:54:36 AM PDT

    •  Conger was a very weak candidate (4+ / 0-)
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      Wehby is weak too but not that weak.

      I saw maybe 5 ads total between the two of them, 4 Wehby, 1 Conger. so it wasn't a high profile primary.  

      We also have the additional ACA problems here of Cover Oregon (our state exchange) being, charitably, a SNAFU.  So that keeps it alive but like most GOP candidates she has no clue what she would replace ACA with.

      You're right about the late turn in rate, about 50% of ballots that come in are turned in during the last 48 hours.  

      "Polls are like crack, political activists know they're bad for them but they read them anyways."-Unknown

      by skywaker9 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 10:57:59 AM PDT

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  •  Barrow's barrow (2+ / 0-)
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    When I met with Barrow, he talked about his Obamacare replacement plan, which was backed by the NFIB. That pretty much says what needs to be said about Congressman Barrow.

    He has fought for the local issue of dredging and widening the Port of Savannah. The port could use the dredging if it wants to get the big ships, but the hold is because Georgia always renegs on paying, and there are environmental matters to consider. Barrow was able to announce, the day before the primary (and have it in the newspaper) that the bill went through.

    He has tied himself to VA matters, so expect him to want to yell at Shinseki or demand a resignation.

    Aside from that, he is a Chamber of Commerce sort of guy. I think he believes in it. Whether he does or doesn't, the NFIB and Chamber now, at long last, believe in him. And they don't believe in the TEA Party guys around here. Hence, John Barrow has a war chest.

    I don't remember any substantial issues where he has voted with his party, though.

    "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

    by The Geogre on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:11:46 AM PDT

    •  John Barrow is the best congressman (4+ / 0-)

      we're going to get out of that deep-red district. He's much better than a Republican.

      Proud Progressive Social Studies teacher. (-9.50, -8.05) "Teach a man to reason, and he'll think for a lifetime."--Phil Plait

      by betelgeux on Wed May 21, 2014 at 03:22:36 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  How? (0+ / 0-)

        Tell me when and where he has made a difference as a Democrat.

        How about when he voted with the TEA Party to censure Eric Holder over "Fast and Furious?"

        How about voting against the ACA each time?

        I genuinely want to know when he has voted with his party on a close vote. Even better would be when he voted with his party on a vote that lost big.

        "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

        by The Geogre on Wed May 21, 2014 at 06:55:01 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Not sure if serious? (0+ / 0-)

          Whats next?  Voting for Ralph Nader?

          32/D/M/NY-01/SSP&RRH: Tekzilla

          by Socks The Cat on Thu May 22, 2014 at 06:24:49 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  No answer, then? (0+ / 0-)

            Voting for Nader is supposed to be a joke or a burn, but the actual answer is abstaining. If I have a choice between two Republicans, I will vote for neither. That does not mean I won't vote. I'll vote for Michelle Nunn and Jason Carter. I will vote on local representation. However, if no one can answer a simple question: When has John Barrow voted with his party on a vote that mattered?, then I will "undervote" that race.

            There is no obligation to vote for bad policies just because the Party did not have a primary candidate this time.

            "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

            by The Geogre on Thu May 22, 2014 at 08:53:58 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

    •  I was right (0+ / 0-)

      Washington Post reports that John Barrow and David Scott are the first two Democrats to call for Shinseki's resignation.

      He is also co-sponsor of a bill to make top VA officials easier to fire. --This may be good or bad. Civil Service is generally a good idea, and protecting government from political appointees and the spoils system is useful, although bureaucracy is obviously bad. The devil will be in the details, and we would need one of our cleverer folks to write a diary on the bill to see which way this actually breaks.

      Again, when has he stood with his party?

      "man, proud man,/ Drest in a little brief authority,. . . Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven/ As make the angels weep; who, with our spleens,/ Would all themselves laugh mortal." -- Shakespeare, Measure for Measure II ii, 117-23

      by The Geogre on Fri May 23, 2014 at 08:35:24 AM PDT

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  •  One man's Terrierist...... (1+ / 0-)
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    Rep. Hank Johnson, who'd raised some caution flags with some eccentric comments
    Maddow has identified Johnson's process as being extremely dry deadpan sarcasm

    I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

    by JML9999 on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:15:36 AM PDT

  •  Happy that Wolf won, sad that Naughton lost (0+ / 0-)

    I proudly voted for Tom Wolf in the PA Democratic gov primary, and he absolutely crushed it.  Forget the people that said he would win by a smaller than expected margin, he lapped the field with 55% and then took another victory lap.  More than the other three candidates combined.

    But I am bummed that Shaughnessy Naughton lost in PA-08.  I met her in October at a fundraiser, and she was the real deal.  Don't know what happened, as press releases said she was up in internal polling (though we never saw the hard data).  It was a close election, and Kevin Strouse is a fine candidate.  Hopefully he can take out Fitzpatrick.

    "Give me a lever long enough... and I shall move the world." - Archimedes

    by mconvente on Wed May 21, 2014 at 11:16:44 AM PDT

  •  with few exceptions, PA Dems are united for fall (5+ / 0-)

    campaign.  Wolf ran a positive campaign and did not attack his opponents.  That may have left a favorable impression not only with most Dems (even many who voted for other candidates) but also some swing voters.  To win, Corbett will have to go hard negative against Wolf (as the state GOP did in some pre-primary mailers sent here).  Wolf may be able to turn that against Corbett as part of his overall "I'm not a career politician like others" theme.

    I voted for a different candidate but I am really enthusiastic about supporting Wolf - Stack ticket in the fall.

  •  Felt good to vote yesterday... (3+ / 0-)
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    I get to vote my mail here in Oregon, but I tend to wait until the last day so I can do my yearly visit to the library and drop off those ballots.  Feels more "official" and such.

    Too bad I mangled my envelope by accident though :(  I asked the volunteer if that would be ok and got a sideways half-smile shrug'ish look.

    Everything I voted for won, so no worries I guess.

    •  If you ever have an issue with your ballot you (1+ / 0-)
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      can call your county election office. They will invalidate the one they sent you and have another one available for you to pick up at the office.  If there's time, they will even mail you a new one.  

      I've driven people from the small town where I live up to Eugene an hour before the polls closed just so they could get their new ballot after they lost their first one.  

      It's better to be safe than miss the vote, especially if it seems the count might be close.  

      "Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell." ~Edward Abbey

      by koosah on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:04:23 PM PDT

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    •  As long as the signature is legible (0+ / 0-)

      You can even forget to use the inner secrecy envelope.  Not like I've ever done that.

      •  That's actually what I did. (0+ / 0-)

        I stuffed my ballot in the signed envelope and then quickly realized I forgot the secrecy one.  Tried to "gently" re-open the signed one but ripped it up a bit.  Got the ballot into the secrecy envelope, and then that back into the signed one and did my best to reseal it.  Signed it a few extra times with arrows indicating I'd done the tearing.

        Hopefully they counted it.

        •  You don't need the secrecy envelope (0+ / 0-)

          I don't know if all are doing it, but at least some counties are now labeling it as "optional". It always has been.

          ...to the philosopher it is iron and grain that made men civilized and brought on the downfall of the human race. - Rousseau, Discourse on the Origins of Inequality Among Men

          by James Allen on Wed May 21, 2014 at 09:42:42 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

  •  I'm in PA (4+ / 0-)
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    and heard a Republican co-worker say that she didn't cast a vote for governor, because there was no other option than Corbett.  Anecdotal, but doesn't seem like a good sign.  The Repubs control the legislature as well, and they couldn't even partially privatize the state liquor stores, which a majority supports, including most Dems.  We can't even buy wine in a grocery store here.  Oh, and he seems to take pleasure in destroying as much of our environment as possible with fracking while demanding nothing in return.
    He could make history--as the first sitting governor to lose re-election since they allowed two terms in PA.  

    •  You can buy wine in the many, and updated, State (0+ / 0-)

      Stores 7 days a week. I, frankly, like the state store and beer distributor system. You can even take 2 six-packs of beer from bars 7 days a week. And the fundies in much of Pennsylvania, and the good union job holders in state stores, plus the small beer distributors who would be driven out of business if giant box stores sold liquor, are the main reasons "privatization" (an ugly word) fails each time Pa. is inflicted with a Republican governor.

      •  "many"? "updated"? (0+ / 0-)

        maybe you live near one of the very few "premium" stores, but the selection sucks compared to other surrounding states no matter which state store you're in.  And there are fewer stores than there were 10 years ago, and even fewer than in the 1970s.  It's not convenient, and maintaining employment for the unionized store clerks is not a reason for maintaining a state police-enforced booze monopoly, and a third of them are only part time anyway.  

        Protecting a small number of beer distributors who benefit from the absurd system isn't a good reason to keep it either.  Buying two sixpacks that cost $12 each from a tavern is hardly convenient.  
        Unless you've got time, money, and gas to waste driving to three separate places to buy beer, wine and liquor, and groceries, there's nothing good about it.  Prices aren't any better overall so that's no benefit either.  

        But you are correct, the tiny handful of special interests-the state store union that owns the Dems and the beer interests that own the Repubs, are the reason we're stuck with a system like Utah rather than a good one like California./rant

        Sorry, this was the only issue where I supported Corbett and he couldn't even get that done, regardless of whether "privatization" is a boogyman bad word for Dems.  It's not bad when a state monopoly has become a cesspool of corruption and incompetence like the PLCB--three former board members or executives are currently under criminal investigation after being found to have violated state ethics laws, trading their influence for favors from vendors.  AG Kathleen Kane had to refer the matter to the Dauphin County DA because she has her own conflict of interest, her husband has some sort of shipping contract with the PLCB.  Okay now I'm done ranting.

  •  The GOP has malice towards Nunn. (nt) (3+ / 0-)

    "Woe unto ye beetles of South America." -- Charles Darwin, about to sail on The Beagle, 1831

    by Katakana on Wed May 21, 2014 at 12:10:58 PM PDT

  •  So should Grimes take up the Turtle's debate (1+ / 0-)
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    proposal?

    McConnell Proposes Lincoln-Douglas Style Debates
     Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), "fresh off his primary win against challenger Matt Bevin, is challenging Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes to three debates," Sam Youngman reports.
    Actually, I believe Jefferson Davis was a (like Lincoln) born in Kentucky. So it should be more of a Lincoln-Jefferson Davis debate format, what with Mitch's failed attempt to make that black guy a one-term president.
  •  KY and GA Sen (0+ / 0-)

    DKos and everyone hangs on every poll released. ALL the polls show these two races extremely close. What, something like 17 polls in a row show ALG even or slightly ahead in Ky...rather than rating these races as the tossups they are you insist, like other fools, rating them lean or likely R...be careful..you are likely to get what you ask for...and by failing to see what is going on you are asking for R wins. I know, they are "red" states in prez. elections but these are not prez. elections and you will be surprised in Nov. I hope that sometime soon you get off the bandwagon and rate these races accurately. They will be tossups until Nov. 3.

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