Today features primary elections in Alaska, Arizona, Florida and Vermont, along with a primary runoff in Oklahoma. I will be live blogging all of the results except for the very late closing Alaska. You can find a preview of what to watch for tonight here.
Polls fully close at:
Vermont – 7:00 Eastern
Florida – 8:00 Eastern
Oklahoma – 8:00 Eastern
Arizona – 10:00 Eastern
7:00pm – Polls are now closed in Vermont and most of Florida.
7:35pm – We are getting are first taste of results from Florida. with 5.2% reporting in the Democratic Senate race Kendrick Meek has a big lead over Jeff Greene. Meek 49.9 – Jeff Greene 36.8. In the GOP governor race with 4.5% reporting Rick Scott leads 50% compared to Attorney General Bill McCollum at 39.9%.
7:50pm – 12.4% reporting Meek is holding strong not surprisingly. Meek 53.7 – Greene 32.9. In the GOP governor race Scott 46.1 – McCollum 44
8:00pm – Polls are now closed all over Florida. In the 8th district with 40% reporting it looks like Alan Grayson will end up facing Daniel Webster who has a commanding lead right now. Webster 42.7 – Todd Long 24.6 – Patricia Sullivan 10.8
8:08pm – The GOP primary to take on Suzanne Kosmas in FL-24 is very tight. With 20% reporting it is Sandra Adams 31.4 – Karen Diebel 29.3 – Craig Miller 26.8
8:14pm – Rick Scott might actually pull this off thanks to a strong finish. with 31% reporting it is Scott 46.3 – McCollum 43.5. If Scott wins it will be good for PPP which had him in the leading in their final poll and a miss for both Mason-Dixon and Quinnipiac that had McCollum winning.
8:15pm – The AP called the FL Dem Senate race for Kendrick Meek who is leading Greene by a wide margin.
8:28pm – Vermont is very slow to report. With only 6.5% reporting it is Deb Markowitz 26.7 – Doug Racine 25.3 – Matt Dunne 22.4 – Peter Shumlin 20.5. But to give you and idea Markowitz has only a total of 1546 votes so far.
8:37pm – A pretty shocking development Blue Dog FL-02 incumbent Allen Boyd is doing very poorly in his primary. Al Lawson is a mere two points behind him with 42% reporting. Boyd 50.9 – Lawson 49.1
8:50pm – It looks like Rick Scott might actually pull this off he is holding steady with a modest lead. With 48% reporting it is Scott 46.2 – McCollum 43.4. The Republican party has really taken a hard right wing turn this year.
8:55pm – Daniel Webster has been called the winner in Republican FL-08 primary. He will face Alan Grayson this November. In OK-02 Charles Thompson was declared the winner in the GOP runoff against Daniel Edmonds. Thompson will face long time incumbent Dem Dan Boren
9:03pm – While There has not been a call in the FL-02 Democratic primary against Allen Boyd there has been a call on the Republican side. Steve Southerland has been called as the Republican nominee.
9:10pm – In the OK-05 GOP primary James Lankford has been called the winner. He is all but guaranteed to win in November.
9:17pm – In Meeks old district there is a huge nine way Dem primary. with 29.6% reporting the leader is Frederica Wilson 33.3 – Rudolph Moise 15.9 – Shirley Gibson 13.1
9:23pm – Numbers coming in real slow from Vermont. With 30% reporting it is Doug Racine 25.5 – Deb Markowitz 25.4 – Peter Shumlin 24 – Matt Dunne 19.4. No numbers from Burlington yet the biggest source of votes.
9:38pm – With 83.9% reporting Allen Boyd looks like he will barely scrap by to fight another day. Boyd 51.6 – Lawson 48.4
9:50pm – Things are very close in the FL-24 GOP primary with 94% reporting. Sandra Adams 30.3 – Karen Diebel 29.3 – Craig Miller 27.6.
10:00pm – Polls are now closed in Arizona!
10:06pm – The Vermont Dem governor primary literally could not be closer. With 51.5% reporting it is Doug Racine 25.1 – Deb Markowitz 25 – Peter Shumlin 25 – Matt Dunne 19.4
10:30pm – Truly insane how close the Vermont Dem primary is. It is currently Racine 25 – Markowitz 25 – Peter Shumlin 24.9 – Dunne 20.1. Less than 100 votes separate the top three.
10:33pm – We got a call in Kendrick Meek’s old district FL-17. The winner is Frederic Wilson. The district is extremely blue.
10:41pm – In Florida with 89.1% reporting Scott is still holding strong. Scott 46.6 – McCollum 43.2.
10:43pm – In FL-02 incumbent Dem Allen Boyd survives a surprisingly close primary. The AP has just called him the win with only 51.4% of the vote. Boyd is not out of the woods though. He still faces a potentially difficult general election.
10:58pm – Rick Scott wins! Rick Scott wins! The AP has called the Republican governor race for Rick Scott. PPP a hat tip to you tonight for get this one right.
Scott and Greene proved that technically not any big spending self-funded millionaire can win in an expensive media market state it just can help A LOT.
FYI There will be no GOP governor unity rally after that brutal primary. Things are looking pretty good for Democrat Alex Sink.
11:22pm- Finally getting some numbers from Arizona. Not surprisingly John McCain is crush J.D. Hayworth. 11.1% reporting McCain 59 – Hayworth 30.2. The AP just called it for McCain. I guess he got his mandate from local Republicans to return to the Senate to “complete the dang fence.”
11:28pm – The closeness of the VT Dem Gov primary is remarkable. We have a new leader now in Peter Shumlin. Shumlin 25.3 – Doug Racine 25 – Markowtiz 24.1 – Dunne 20.4. Interesting for at least a brief period of time today each of those four candidates once held the lead in the count.
11:47pm – In the Arizona House Republican primaries: AZ-01 with 46.4% reporting it is Paul Gosar 32.9 – Sydney Hay 22.5. AZ-03 it looks like Ben Quayle might just pull this off. With 11.6% reporting, Ben Quayle 22.2 – Jim Waring 19.1 – Steve Moak 18.1 – Vernon Parker 15.8. AZ-05 With 8.5% reporting it is David Schweikert 39 – Susan Bitter Smith 24.9 – Jim Ward 23.7. Schweikert declaring victory early might have been right. And in AZ-08 with 10.5% reporting it is Jesse Kelly 50.1 – Jonathan Paton 39.4.
12:11am – In VT with 86.9% reporting Shumlin is starting to pull away from the pack. The reason why? Strong support in the southern part of the state and a decent showing in Burlington. Shumlin 25.2 – Racine 24.8 – Markowitz 24
12:28am – With 87% reporting in VT Shumlin leads Racine by a mere 30 points.
12:37am – I’m not sure but I won’t be surprised if roughly 25% will end up the smallest winning plurality for a gov primary in VT history.
12:40am – Arizona is very slow to report.
12:52am – Racine now has a 13 vote lead over Shumlin.
12:55am – Things are looking good for the young Quayle. With 48.2% reporting in AZ-03 it is Quayle 22.7 – Waring 18.3. Note to Obama Republicans primary voters are selecting the candidates calling you the worst president in history, have fun trying to be bipartisan.
1:10am – In AZ-05 the AP has called the GOP primary for David Schweikert. He will take on incumbent Dem Harry Mitchell in November.
1:14am – WOW indeed. With 27.2% reporting in the Alaska GOP primary for Senate Sarah Palin backed Joe Miller is actually leading incumbent Lisa Murkowski. Miller 50.8 – Murkowski 49.2
1:25am – The GOP primary in AZ-08 have been called for Jesse Kelly, who gets to take on incumbent Dem Gabrielle Gifford in the general.
1:40am – The Republican primary in AZ-01 has been called for Paul Gosar who will face incumbent Ann Kirkpatrick in the general.
1:42am – Amazing with a third reporting in AK Miller is maintaining his lead. Miller 51.2 – Murkowski 48.8. Miller claims to be an anti-ear marker. If he wins, combined with the lose of Ted Steven I wonder what will become of Alaska if it stops getting such a disproportionately huge relative share of Federal money.
2:00am – It doesn’t look like we will get much more this evening. Left outstanding is the VT Dem Gov race. Currently stuck at 89.2% reporting It is Shumlin 25.1 – Racine 24.9 – Markowitz 23.8. The AZ-03 GOP primary has not been called but with 80.3% reporting it is Ben Quayle 22.7 – Steve Moak 18. It was also be while until we know the final results in Alaska but so far with 36.3% reporting Miller has 51.2 compared to Murkowski at 48.8. So I’m saying good night everyone