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Setting the Stage for November: Results and Analysis of Super Tuesday

by Caroline Rayburn

Voters took to the polls earlier this week in six states to cast their ballots in the “Super Tuesday” primary elections.  In Kentucky, Arkansas, and Oregon, the stage is now officially set for the general election for the U.S. Senate – and the GOP has its sight set on taking back the Upper Chamber for control of the entire legislative branch.  A Georgia Republican runoff is all that stands in between what is sure to become another key race that could determine control of the Senate.  And for citizens of Idaho and Pennsylvania, the way has been paved for pivotal congressional races and for the right to take up residence in the governor’s mansion.


The Republican Leader of the Senate, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), fended off his Tea Party challenger, businessman Matt Bevin.  McConnell captured 60.2% of the vote to Bevin’s 35.4% and will now face Kentucky’s Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, in what is expected to be a competitive race.  Already, Republican factions in the state are joining forces and rallying around McConnell to prevent losing one of the GOP’s most pivotal Senate seats, and Grimes aims to establish herself independent of President Barack Obama – who remains very unpopular in the Bluegrass State.


Another hot race to watch leading up to November will be the Arkansas Senate race.  Representative Tom Cotton (R) won the uncontested Republican Senate primary, marking the formal start of the showdown with incumbent Senator Mark Pryor (D).  Pryor is among several incumbent Democratic senators vulnerable this election cycle due to support for ObamaCare.  In 2012, Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, carried Arkansas with 60.57% of the popular vote, spelling trouble for Pryor as he attempts to distance himself from the President and his policies.


Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley (D) easily defeated his primary challengers on Tuesday, while Monica Wehby – a pro-choice brain surgeon – emerged as the Republican primary victor over State Representative, Jason Conger.  An early critic of ObamaCare and a political outsider, Wehby will work to topple Merkley – a first-term senator who was narrowly elected in 2008.


The crowded Georgia primary is finally beginning to take shape:  businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston (R) have advanced to a runoff for the GOP Senate nomination, as neither candidate was able to garner 50% of the vote on Tuesday.  Perdue and Kingston are vying for the opportunity to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA).  The runoff will take place in July and the winner will move on to face Democrat Michelle Nunn, the daughter of a former Georgia senator, in the general election.


Senate seats weren’t on the line in Idaho on Tuesday, but the Republican bid for the state’s 2nd Congressional District was.  Rep. Michael Simpson (R) defeated Tea Party candidate, Bryan Smith.  Simpson now looks to the general election where he will run against the former Democratic representative of Idaho’s 2nd District, Richard Stallings.  Stallings represented the 2nd District form 1984 to 1992.


Finally, voters in Pennsylvania had their eyes on several key state races.  In the 8th District, Kevin Strouse (D) won the Democratic primary; he will face off against Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R) to represent the district located just outside of Philadelphia.  Incumbent Rep. Bill Shuster (R) will also seek reelection in PA’s 9th District.  Shuster is set to run against the uncontested Democratic candidate, Alanna Hartzok (D), in what pollsters have deemed a Republican-safe district.  Finally in PA’s 13th District, State Rep. Brendan Boyle (D) knocked off three other candidates – including Clinton-supported Marjorie Margolies.  Boyle will now go on to challenge Republican Carson Dee-Adcock (R) for the District’s open seat, which was vacated by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D) during her bid for governor.  Schwartz, however, did not secure the Democratic nomination for governor – instead, Tom Wolf (D) will battle the four-year incumbent governor, Tom Corbett (R).

With an exciting election season now underway, AMAC is committed to ensuring that our members have the information they need to make intelligent decisions in the ballot box come November 4th.  AMAC will continue to keep our members engaged in the latest political news as the campaigns kick into full gear!

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Pete Fischel
6 years ago

We need a net pickup of 6 U.S. Senate seats in 2014 to slow down Obama’s socialistic moves. Please don’t take for granted any of the contested races. Work hard for the candidates of your choosing.

A. Rivera
6 years ago

Sanctity of life is very imp. to us especially with the founding fathers recognizing our freedoms, it just obvious that Democrats have lost their way as those principle values and think about money above the value of innocent lives and also that also goes for the protection of our personnel working over seas for our country like the Ambassador who got killed and soldiers trying to defend our Ambassador. And to make matters worst our veterans here in the U.S. dying because they can’t see a doctor in due time.

6 years ago

I am a 75 year old former democrat, who did not vote a straight ticket, but for the individual. THEN I volunteered at the local democrat party ans saw what was inside that party. WOW, was I surprised and disappointed. I learned that I am a strong independent conservative. Nobody gets my vote until I know who they really are. There is a bio on every American out there somewhere. Learn more about the candidates on your ballots. Go to Town Hall meetings. Listen! Ask questions! Talk with others! Volunteer for the party or a candidate! Go D2D! Make calls!… Read more »

Tommy Thompson
6 years ago

#1, you forgot Louisiana! We need to get rid of Landrieu! #2, etc. We need to concentrate on issues that will get conservatives elected. Don’t talk about abortion, gay rights, etc. things that are *not* main line pluses for us, and which we are not going to be able to change, at least for now. Do speak to enforcement of immigration laws as something that has to happen before any “reform” may be considered. Do speak about veterans’ issues, including providing timely health care that does not cause loss of life. Do speak to the abuses committed by the democRats… Read more »

Ivan Berry
6 years ago

Rik, it’s really sad. A local Tea Party that I attend spent an entire evening promoting the idea of a Convention of States inititive to amend a Constitution that the leadership in Washington doesn’t follow anyway. I am becoming more and more afraid that Texas is beginning to resemble California, especially since so many of them and the north-easters are coming to Texas for the better opportunities offered, at least for now. The era of Reconstruction was worse, but it’s beginning to look like the carpit baggers and scaliwags are again beginning to take root. There is a joke going… Read more »

Robert A Hirschmann
6 years ago

I would hope that the republicans will take control of the senate in November. If only to get rid of reid!!. If we win the senate he has to step down. That, in itself, would be a great help to the American people.

6 years ago

I have never voted for a Democrat in a national office during my 60yrs of life and have no intention of doing so now.
I am Not a socialist.

6 years ago

Early this year I attended a local Tea Party meeting, I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Almost everybody there was 50 years old or older. They held their meeting very business-like, they followed a planned agenda. The biggest and most important item on the agenda was how they were going to work to repeal the local plastic bag ban. I was shocked, here they were going to spend all their efforts to recruit others to call on neighborhoods, stand in front of grocery stores, and get people to sign a petition to present to the city council to… Read more »

6 years ago

I agree Paul E. I hope everyone can be mature enough to see that we all MUST turn out and VOTE in November even though their preferred candidates didn’t win in the primaries. Lets all lick our wounds but we must remember that we can not allow the Socialists to remain in the majority. Get out to vote for the Republican candidates and get your conservative/Republican friends and neighbors to the polls so they can vote. This is a critical election!!!

6 years ago

Well with the massive financial assistance of the Chamber of Commerce, it’s no great surprise that most of the Republican incumbents sailed to an easy primary victory. So any expectation of a Republican win in November ushering in some sort of strong conservative shift within Congress itself needs to be re-evaluated. After all, most of the existing Republican incumbents who won their primaries, especially McConnell and Boehner, were very plain-spoken well beforehand on what they thought of conservatives in general. So we are going to have another “lesser of two evils” election come November. I know many people, including myself,… Read more »

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