AK Sen: Lisa Murkowski Concedes to Joe Miller

By: Wednesday September 1, 2010 10:27 am

After a large number of the outstanding primary ballots in Alaska were counted yesterday Sen. Lisa Murkowski concluded she would be unable to overcome Joe Miller’s lead. Last night she conceded the Republican primary to Joe Miller who benefited from the financial backing of the Tea Party express and the endorsement of Sarah Palin. While the [...]

AK Sen: Murkowski Trails Palin-Backed Challenger Joe Miller

By: Wednesday August 25, 2010 1:29 pm

There’s a potential surprise upset in the making as results filter in from yesterday’s Alaska primary: incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski may lose to challenger Joe Miller. As of 4 AM Alaska Time (10:00 AM EDT), with 97.9% of precincts reporting, Miller leads with 51.1 percent of the vote to Murkowski’s 48.9 percent. That is [...]

PA Sen: Sestak Pulls Even with Toomey, But Obama’s Bad Numbers Could Blunt Dem Surge

By: Wednesday July 14, 2010 11:22 am

The Pennsylvania Senate race between Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Sestak is currently tied, according to a new Quinnipiac poll of registered voters. The good news for Sestak, who defeated incumbent Arlen Specter in the primary, is that the trend is moving in his favor. A previous Quinnipiac poll of the race in April [...]

Real Democrats Jack Conway and Joe Sestak Win Senate Primaries

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 10:37 pm

Two big wins tonight so far for the real Democrats: Joe Sestak and Jack Conway. Both races were just called in the past hour. In Kentucky, Jack Conway won the close Democratic Senate primary race against conservative Democrat Dan Mongiardo. While by no means a liberal, Conway was to the left of Mongiardo on many [...]

VIDEO: Ed Rendell 2009, Sestak Would Get “Killed” In Democratic Primary

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 10:16 pm

Most of the Philadelphia vote is in, and Arlen Specter didn’t get the turnout he needs to beat Joe Sestak. AP is calling it for Sestak. Ed Rendell has a few words to eat from May 2009: ED SCHULTZ: Is this going to be a slam dunk for Arlen Specter, or you think that Joe [...]

Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and Oregon Primary Thread – Part 2

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 8:01 pm

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 [...]

Dem Senate Upsets: Voting Out the Weak Links?

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 6:00 am

Depending on how the elections go today, the spinmeisters will work their story-telling magic in various ways. If Joe Sestak wins in Pennsylvania and Sen. Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas fails to gain more than half the vote, forcing her into a runoff against challenger Bill Halter, some will push the narrative that liberals are purging [...]

It’s Not About “Purity” and Purges — It’s About Trust

By: Monday May 17, 2010 2:47 pm

David Frum offers the CW surrounding the potential defeat of incumbents in tomorrow’s elections: We used to say that the far right and far left were the “tails that wagged the dogs.” Now, the dogs have disappeared, leaving only the violently flailing tails. As we wrote earlier in this space, the pull of both caucuses [...]

Polls Show Real Democrats to Be More Electable

By: Friday May 14, 2010 1:25 pm

On Tuesday, May 18, there are three highly contested Democratic primaries for US Senate seats: Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Arkansas. In each race, the more left-leaning Democratic candidate is currently polling as the most electable. In Kentucky, Jack Conway, not a raging progressive but at least a supporter of much of the Democratic platform leads his [...]

PA Sen: Sestak to Win? Leads Specter by Nine Points in New Poll

By: Thursday May 13, 2010 8:20 pm

With Pennsylvania’s May 18 primary fast approaching, more and more signs indicate a come-from-behind Joe Sestak victory over incumbent Republican-turned-Democrat Arlen Specter. That latest Suffolk poll now has Rep. Sestak (D-PA 7) up by nine points among likely voters. This is the most positive poll result for Sestak so far: Sestak 49% Specter 40% Another [...]

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