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In Big Primaries, California Voting System Is Key Wild Card
In Today's 'Super Tuesday,'
There's a Big Wild Card
the rundown

In Today's 'Super Tuesday,' There's a Big Wild Card

California's 'top two' voting system could hurt Democrats' hopes of a 'blue wave'

(Newser) - Voters in eight states vote Tuesday in primaries, and the big focus is on California because it's seen as a gauge of whether Democrats can take control of the House. The party needs to take 23 GOP seats overall, and Tuesday's races in California feature at least seven...

Abrams Is First Black Female Nominee for Governor
Democratic Outsiders 
Score Big Primary Wins

Democratic Outsiders Score Big Primary Wins

Abrams is first black female nominee for governor

(Newser) - A historic win in Georgia has put Stacey Abrams on course to become the first black female governor in American history. Abrams—the former minority leader of the state House—defeated former state Rep. Stacey Evans by a large margin to secure the Democratic nomination, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Abrams,...

2 Trump Picks Win Key Races
2 Trump Picks Win Key Races

2 Trump Picks Win Key Races

Women win big in redistricted Pennsylvania

(Newser) - Recent elections haven't always been kind to President Trump's preferred candidates, but two of them scored big wins on Tuesday night. Rep. Lou Barletta cruised to victory in Pennsylvania and will seek to unseat Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in November, the AP reports. "The media said that...

What&#39;s at Stake in Tuesday&#39;s Primaries
What's at Stake in
Tuesday's Primaries
the rundown

What's at Stake in Tuesday's Primaries

4 states go to the polls, with West Virginia's GOP Senate primary among the big races

(Newser) - It's a huge day for both political parties with primary voters in four states—West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, and North Carolina—going to the polls. Despite the small number of states involved, the results could go a long way in determining which party will be in control of the...

California Shakes Up 2020 Primary Contests

State will now vote on Super Tuesday

(Newser) - Super Tuesday, the jam-packed day of presidential primary voting every four years, may get supercharged in 2020 with California joining the pack, bringing along its prize of the most delegates. Gov. Jerry Brown gave his stamp of approval Wednesday to a measure pushing California's primary up to the beginning...

Cochran Edges Tea Party Challenger, Rangel Leads in NY

McDaniel eyes legal challenge in Mississippi

(Newser) - Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi has edged out Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel in an extremely tight run-off election, according to the AP , which gives the six-term GOP veteran 51% to McDaniel's 49% with 99% of precincts reporting. The heated three-week race saw Cochran take the unusual step of...

&#39;Sore Loser Laws&#39; Are Ruining Elections
 'Sore Loser Laws' 
 Are Ruining Elections 

'Sore Loser Laws' Are Ruining Elections

Mickey Edwards on how little-known laws are undermining democracy

(Newser) - How did an extremist like Ted Cruz make it to the Senate? Well, he got a lot of help from a little-known phenomenon known as the "sore loser" law, writes Mickey Edwards at the New York Times . These laws, which are on the book in some form in 44...

Super Tuesday: Who Looks Poised to Grab What
Super Tuesday: Who Looks Poised to Grab What
election preview

Super Tuesday: Who Looks Poised to Grab What

Mitt Romney basically has 4 of the 10 states in the bag

(Newser) - Tomorrow is looking good for Mitt Romney, who will likely take more of the 422 delegates up for grabs in Super Tuesday contests than his opponents (an additional 15 super delegates aren't bound to tomorrow's wins). He may even walk away with a delegate majority, writes Nate Silver....

NH Agrees to Hold 2012 Election in 2012

New Hampshire sets primary for Jan. 10, instead of December

(Newser) - Good news: The early-voting states have finally stopped fighting over who gets to sit in the front. New Hampshire today set its primary for Jan. 10, after threatening at one point to move it into December of this year in a feud with Nevada . This means the early GOP calendar...

Palin in Iowa, Sparking 2012 Speculation

Former governor could be gearing up for presidential bid

(Newser) - Sarah Palin will deliver the keynote address at the Iowa Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner tonight, an engagement widely seen as a possible step toward a 2012 presidential bid, the Washington Post reports. The dinner is an early hurdle for prospective GOP candidates, and Palin's influence is at a high...

Rangel Wins in NY
 Rangel Wins in NY 

Rangel Wins in NY

20-term congressman prevails despite ethics charges

(Newser) - Rep. Charles Rangel has fought off five challengers to prevail in his Democratic primary. The victory—likely to assure the 80-year-old of another 2 years in Congress—comes despite multiple ethics charges pending against him, the AP notes. (More Rangel news here .) Democrats, including President Obama, had urged Rangel...

Tea Party Ally Wins GOP Nomination for NY Gov.
Tea Party Ally Wins GOP Nomination for NY Gov.

Tea Party Ally Wins GOP Nomination for NY Gov.

Paladino pulls off upset over GOP establishment

(Newser) - Tea Party ally Carl Paladino has pulled off a major upset and won a landslide victory in New York's Republican primary for governor. The Buffalo businessman, a political novice, defeated former Rep. Rick Lazio by a wide margin, the AP reports. Lazio had the firm backing of the state's GOP...

Tea Partier Christine O'Donnell Wins in Delaware

She knocks off GOP-favored Mike Castle

(Newser) - Another huge message from the tea party and potential bad news for Republicans: Christine O'Donnell defeated the GOP establishment candidate, longtime congressman Mike Castle, in Delaware's Senate primary, reports Politico (whose headline begins "GOP Nightmare ..."). She won 53% to 47%. "Don't ever underestimate the power of...

Two Tea Partiers Threaten to Up-End GOP Resurgence

 Two Tea Partiers 
 Threaten to Up-End 
 GOP  Resurgence 
primary day in 7 states

Two Tea Partiers Threaten to Up-End GOP Resurgence

GOP chances in Senate hinge on Delaware, New Hampshire races

(Newser) - There are primary races in seven states today, but all eyes are on Delaware, where Tea Party upstart Christine O’Donnell is challenging GOP stalwart Michael Castle. That's not only because O'Donnell is a flaky candidate with anti-masturbation plank in her platform and an endorsement from Sarah Palin, writes Nate...

McMahon Wins in Conn.; Bennet Survives in Colo.
 McMahon Wins in Conn.; 
 Bennet Survives in Colo.
primary night

McMahon Wins in Conn.; Bennet Survives in Colo.

Former WWE exec will be GOP candidate for Senate

(Newser) - Linda McMahon easily won the GOP nomination tonight to run for Senate in Connecticut. The former World Wrestling Entertainment exec bested two rivals—including former congressman (and onetime favorite) Rob Simmons—and will face Democrat Richard Blumenthal in the fall to succeed the retiring Chris Dodd. McMahon will be the...

Sarah Palin Endorsements Are Winners

She got 3 of 4 yesterday, is 8-3 overall

(Newser) - It could be a whole different ballgame in the general election, but one thing has become clear in the primaries: Candidates endorsed by Sarah Palin tend to win. Three of the four she backed yesterday won or advanced to a runoff, bringing her overall record to 8-3 in this year's...

Blanche Lincoln Has Slim Lead in Early Returns
 Blanche Lincoln Wins 
 Arkansas Nail-Biter 
primary night

Blanche Lincoln Wins Arkansas Nail-Biter

Senator just barely defeats Bill Halter

(Newser) - Embattled Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln won a razor-tight race in Arkansas tonight, surviving a union-backed challenger as well as a strong anti-establishment tide in her runoff. Lincoln had been considered among the country's most vulnerable senators, as groups to her right and left criticized votes on proposed changes to the...

Nikki Haley Has Big Lead
 Nikki Haley Race 
 Heads to Runoff 
primary night

Nikki Haley Race Heads to Runoff

She's the top vote-getter in SC governor's primary

(Newser) - Nikki Haley easily survived the whiff of scandal tonight in her first step toward becoming South Carolina's first female governor. With nearly all the votes counted, Haley held a double-digit lead over her Republican primary opponents, though she is just short of the 50% mark needed to avoid a runoff,...

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