Tuesday’s Primary Results
While Gov. Sam Brownback (R) looked to be the weakest Kansas
Republican statewide official, it was Sen. Pat Roberts (R) who won
re-nomination with the smallest vote percentage.
Brownback defeated Republican challenger Jennifer Winn,
63-37 percent, to claim re-nomination. Sen. Roberts, running for a fourth
consecutive term, won his primary with just 48 percent of the vote. Physician
Milton Wolf placed second with 41 percent. Two other candidates combined to
score 11 percent. For the Democrats, Shawnee County District Attorney Chad
Taylor won a relatively close nomination battle, 53-47 percent, over attorney
In the 1st Congressional District, Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R)
survived a scare from former school superintendent Alan LaPolice. The
Congressman garnered only 54 percent of the vote within his own party.
Fourth District Rep. Mike Pompeo (R) fared considerably
better in his challenge battle from a much tougher opponent. The two-term
Congressman won re-nomination over former 16-year congressional veteran Todd
Tiahrt (R), 63-37 percent. Rep. Pompeo will now cruise to re-election in
Freshman Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R), a Tea Party favorite
tabbed as an "accidental Congressman" when he was elected in 2012 –
after then-Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Livonia) was disqualified from the ballot –
lost his bid for re-nomination, as predicted. Attorney David Trott, brandishing
endorsements from virtually all key state Republican leaders and overwhelming
the incumbent in fundraising, won a huge 66-34 percent win in the 11th
District. Trott now faces former State Department official Bobby McKenzie, who
barely won (by a 671 vote margin) the Democratic primary against three
opponents. Trott is the clear favorite to carry the open seat in November.
In the other incumbent challenge, controversial Tea
Party-backed Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI-3) turned back a tough and well organized
campaign effort from businessman Brian Ellis. Amash notched a 57-43 percent margin
to win the party nomination for a third term in office.
In what was thought to be the closest race going into the
primary vote, state Sen. John Moolenaar (R) rather easily defeated businessmen
Paul Mitchell and Peter Konetchy, 52-37-11 percent. For most of the campaign
Mitchell was either running ahead or tied with Moolenaar, a veteran office
holder, in political polling. Mr. Moolenaar will now skate through the general
election and succeed retiring House Ways & Means Committee chairman Dave
In the open 8th Congressional District, with Rep. Mike
Rogers (R) leaving Congress to host a new national radio program, former state
Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop easily won the Republican nomination, 60-40
percent, against state Rep. Tom McMillin. Also as forecasted for the Democratic
side, Ingham County Treasurer Eric Schertzing defeated three opponents with 43
percent of the vote after trailing most of election night. Bishop now becomes a
big favorite for the general election.
In the uncertain 14th District, Rep. Gary Peters
(D-Bloomington Township) is vacating his seat to run for Senate and state Rep.
Rudy Hobbs and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence are still in a race that is too
close to call with all of the precincts reporting. Absentee and provisional
ballots will likely decide the final outcome. Only 2,393 votes separate the
two, with Lawrence leading. Former U.S. Rep.
Hansen Clarke (D-MI-13) finished third. The eventual winner will claim the seat
Other victors were Debbie Dingell (D) in the open 12th
District, vying to succeed her retiring husband, 59-year congressional veteran
John Dingell (D). She will cruise in the general election. Incumbents Dan
Benishek (R-MI-1), Fred Upton (R-MI-6), Tim Walberg (R-MI-7), and John Conyers
(D-MI-13) all easily outpaced intra-party challengers.
Rep. Peters and former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land
(R) were unopposed in their respective primaries for the open U.S. Senate
contest, as were Gov. Rick Snyder (R) and former Rep. Mark Schauer (D-MI-7) in
the gubernatorial race.
Unlike several incumbents in other states with primaries,
Missouri members faced little to no opposition for re-nomination. While
Reps. Lacy Clay (D-MO-1), Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) and Jason Smith (R-MO-08) ran
uncontested, the rest of the delegation posted wins between 62 and 82 percent.
The Washington primary will take awhile to completely count
because of their vote-by-mail system that allows ballots to be accepted if
postmarked on Election Day. The nine House incumbents seeking re-election –
Washington does not host either a Senate or a gubernatorial race in 2014 –
advanced to the general election in the state's top-two jungle primary format.
Despite tabulation totals only reaching about half of the
number of ballots cast, enough of a statistical pattern exists to project
general election qualifiers in most races. All of the incumbents placed first
and garnered between a low of 48 percent (Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler-R-WA-3)
and a high of 76 percent (Rep. Jim McDermott-D-WA-7).
But the big news was in the open central Washington 4th
District, where veteran Rep. Doc Hastings (R), chairman of the House Natural
Resources Committee, is retiring. There, two Republican candidates have already
been projected as advancing to the general election. Eight Republicans, two
Democrats, and two Independents were on the ballot, and simple mathematics
would indicate that the Democrats, despite being the minority party in this
district, would have a strong chance of qualifying one contender. But, they
failed to garner enough votes.
Former NFL football player and ex-statewide candidate Clint
Didier appears to be placing first in the primary followed closely by former
state Agriculture Director Dan Newhouse. By qualifying two Republicans in the
general election, the GOP has secured the open seat for the next term
regardless of which man wins in November.
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