Voters Proved Unpredictable in Tuesday's Elections
On Tuesday, voters in Arkansas, California, Georgia’s 9th
congressional district, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota,
South Carolina and Virginia all went to the polls. The day was highlighted by
several high profile Senate primaries as voters continue to be unpredictable
and their support for “Washington insiders” dwindles. On June 22, voters return
to the polls for runoffs in Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina. AGC
compiled a recap of several races that could have consequences for the
Voters in the Razorback state went back to the polls in a
runoff election for the Democrat nomination to face Representative John Boozman
(R) in November’s Senate Election. The Democratic incumbent, Sen. Blanche
Lincoln surprised many pundits in Arkansas and Washington by defeating
Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter (D). Halter had the backing of labor organizations who contributed $10 million to defeat Lincoln. Lincoln was targeted because she was one of the only Democrats willing to oppose the Employee Free Choice Act and Card Check, and the election is a defeat for organized labor. Boozman has an 89 percent AGC vote record and Lincoln has a 70
Former CEO of Hewlett Packard Carly Fiorina (R) won the
Republican nomination and will face Senator Barbara Boxer (D). Boxer has a 40
percent AGC vote record and is the chairman of the Senate Environment and
Public Works Committee. The committee will play a large role in the development
of climate change and transportation funding legislation. Boxer is in her
3rd term and will likely face the toughest election of her career.
There were no surprises in the state’s House primaries,
but California did host one of the most prominent gubernatorial contests with Former
E-Bay CEO Meg Whitman (R) earning the Republican nomination. She will face
former governor and California Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) in November.
In the home state of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
(D), the Republicans nominated former assemblywoman and tea party-supported
candidate Sharron Angle (R) to face Reid in November. Despite the intra-party
squabbles, Angle may be able to mount a serious challenge to Reid.
During Reid’s four terms, he has amassed a 44 percent AGC vote record.
South Carolina hosted a high profile
primary election for the Republican nomination for governor. Forced into a runoff, voters will
have to return to the polls on June 22 to choose between state legislator Nikki
Haley (R) and Representative Gresham Barrett (R). Haley is the favorite. Representative Bob Inglis (R) faced an intra-party challenge and was
also forced into a runoff in the 4th congressional district. Four incumbents have lost primaries so far this year.
In the 9th congressional district voters went
to the polls in a special election for the seat that was vacated early this
year by Nathan Deal (R), who left to concentrate on his bid for governor.
Former State Representative Tom Graves (R) defeated former State Senator Lee
Hawkins. Graves will serve the remainder of Deal’s term and will run for
reelection in November.
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