Tonight is a primary night with elections in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arkansas and Oregon. The big races are the contested Senate primaries in KY, PA and AR, and the special election in PA-12 Congressional district to replace Democrat John Murtha. David Dayen has a primer on the races to watch this evening and so does Swing State Project. Ben Tribbett examines what you should be watching for in the Arkansas primary.
8:00 – Polls have just closed in Pennsylvania. In KY-3 Republican Todd Lally won the right to challenge Democratic incumbent John Yarmuth.
8:16 – So far to in Senate primaries Anti-Establishment 1 – Establishment 0.
8:23 – The Democratic Senate primary in KY is the last important race in the state not yet called. With 58% reporting it is Jack Conway 48% – Dan Mongiardo 40.
8:30 – Polls just closed in Arkansas!
8:35 – Turnout in KY has been extremely high. Interesting because reports are that turnout in PA was fairly low.
8:40 – We now got 1% of precincts reporting in PA and it is Arlen Specter 65 – Joe Sestak 36 so far
8:54 – With 76% of precincts reporting in KY Conway 46.5 – Mongiardo 41. The places not reporting so far favor Mongiardo for the most part but it is looking fairly good for Conway.
9:05 – In PA 7% reporting, mostly from Philly, it is Specter 58 – Sestak 42. Philly is where Specter is doing and was expected to do his best.
9:12 – No surprise here, the AP just officially called the PA Republican primary for Pat Tommey.
9:23 – Specter is holding up pretty well. With 19% reporting it is Specter 52 – Sestak 48.
9:26 – Eli has part 3 of the election coverage.