Voters Choose Primary Candidates in AR, CA, NV, SC, IA, ND & SD

Senate candidates were chosen in numerous states yesterday.  Below is a recap in no particular order.

South Carolina

An unemployed “military veteran has stunned South Carolina Democratic Party leaders by winning the nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint,” the AP reports.

Thirty-two-year-old Alvin Greene of Manning defeated 64-year-old Vic Rawl of Charleston in Tuesday’s primary. Rawl is a former judge and legislator, who had about $186,000 cash available and had already scheduled a fundraising event for Thursday.

Greene raised no money in the contest, had no signs and no website.

Democratic Party Chairwoman Carol Fowler says she hasn’t seen Greene since he filed to run. She says Greene will be a much weaker candidate than Rawl going into November against tea party favorite DeMint.

Senator DeMint “trounced 47-year-old Charleston lawyer Susan Gaddy in his quest Tuesday toward a second Senate term.”


Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) “is on his way to a tough November election in Nevada,” the AP reports.

Reid easily overpowered a field of little-known Democratic challengers Tuesday to win the party’s nomination for a fifth, six-year term.

His primary election win was never in doubt.

Meanwhile, Nevada Republicans “have chosen tea party favorite Sharron Angle to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.”


Des Moines lawyer Roxanne Conlin “has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, setting up a race with five-term Republican Sen. Charles Grassley,” the AP reports.

Conlin won with an overwhelming percentage of the vote Tuesday, easily outdistancing Tom Fiegen and Bob Krause.


Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) “has fended off a union-backed challenger and anti-establishment sentiment to win a runoff for Arkansas’ Democratic Senate nomination,” the AP reports.

Lincoln defeated union-backed Lt. Gov. Bill Halter on Tuesday. She’ll face Republican congressman John Boozman in the Nov. 2 general election.


Former Hewlett-Packard CEO “Carly Fiorina has won California’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate, setting up a general election battle this fall with three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer,” the AP reports.

Fiorina started her campaign as the front-runner but fell behind when former congressman Tom Campbell switched from the gubernatorial race to the Senate contest.

She made up significant ground in the final month by putting much of her personal fortune into a late advertising blitz.

Boxer was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

North Dakota

Governor John Hoeven (R) “says he’s not complacent about the Senate race that has him poised to take over a seat held by a Democrat for the past 18 years,” the AP reports.

Hoeven was unopposed in the state’s primary Tuesday and is set to face a Democrat in November who has raised a fraction of his $2 million in campaign funds. First-term Bismarck state Sen. Tracy Potter of Bismarck also was unopposed in the primary. Libertarian Keith Hanson of West Fargo was the lone candidate for his party’s endorsement.

South Dakota

Senator John Thune (R-SD) was unopposed in the Republican primary and is not being challenged by any Democrats.

(credit image – syp)


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