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 [...]

SC, NC, MS, UT Primary Runoff Liveblog – Part One

By: Tuesday June 22, 2010 7:00 pm

Tonight features primary runoff elections in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Mississippi. There is also a primary in Utah, but thanks to their convention selection process that can select or weed out candidates (Bob Bennett was defeated in that process, for example), it has some similarities to a runoff election. Mississippi has very little going [...]

Anti-Establishment Candidates Take Power in GOP Senate Primaries

By: Saturday June 12, 2010 11:55 am

This is not a great time to be a Republican establishment candidate for Senate–even if you’re already a Senator. Voters are dissing old-school officeholders in favor of insurgents whose allegiances rhyme with “me.”

Primary Upsets: Anti-Establishment Triple Play

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 12:14 am

Tuesday was a bad day for Washington establishment candidates and a bad day for conservative Democrats. All three establishment favorites performed poorly in the May 18 elections. The most powerful Washington Republican, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), endorsed Trey Grayson for Senate. Despite being the home state Senator, McConnell’s endorsement carried little weight in [...]

Party On! The GOP Is the New Hotbed of Insurgency

By: Monday May 10, 2010 9:18 pm

There is a meme that the Republican Party has a top-down, authoritarian structure where potential candidates patiently wait their turn for nominations. On the other hand, the Democratic Party hosts a divided, disorganized coalition. Yet this year, it’s the GOP that is seeing a roiling, rebellious bottom-up movement with little deference to leadership. We have [...]

Another One Bites the Dust: Utah’s Sen. Bob Bennett Loses Nomination

By: Saturday May 8, 2010 6:00 pm

Coming in third at his state’s Republican Party convention, Utah Republican Senator Bob Bennett has lost his chance at his party’s nomination and is too late to file as an independent candidate. His career as a U.S. Senator is effectively over.

FL Sen: Charlie Crist to Run as Independent; Conservative Primary Challengers Claim Second Senate Scalp

By: Wednesday April 28, 2010 4:53 pm

With Friday being the final deadline by which current Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist would need to declare his candidacy as an independent, it looks like Crist is getting his ducks in a row. The St. Petersburg Times’ The Buzz is reporting that Crist is telling his top donors that he will announce his independent [...]

Republican Party Must Contend with Its Own Anti-Establishment Wave

By: Wednesday April 21, 2010 2:16 pm

Incumbent Republican Utah senator Bob Bennett is having real trouble with his own home state party. Benneet is possibly in danger of losing his party’s nomination at the state GOP convention next month, or in a subsequent statewide primary. This is why Bennett has called Mitt Romney to help him out. If incumbent senator Bennett [...]

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