Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska Republican, finds she could very well become the seventh incumbent and fourth Republican on Capitol Hill unable to make it past a primary. Alaska attorney and Palin-endorsed Joe Miller looks as if he could very well beat Ms. Murkowski in Alaska’s GOP Senate primary with more than half of the precincts already counted. This shows how strong Sarah Palin’s power is in politics yet again, as Mr. Miller was not expected to have much of a chance against the GOP incumbent. The Anchorage Daily News reports:
Miller credited the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin for his lead. “I’m absolutely certain that was pivotal,” he said. Murkowski took a shot at Palin.”I think she’s out for her own self-interest. I don’t think she’s out for Alaska’s interest,” Murkowski said as she waited at her campaign headquarters for results to come in.
Ms. Murkowski was appointed to her Senate seat in 2002 by her father, then governor of Alaska, Frank Murkowski. Ms.Palin defeated Mr. Murkowski in a Republican primary, when the former vice presidential candidate first ran for governor of Alaska in 2006.
GOP PRIMARY/ 8th CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
The AP has called it for tea party favorite Jesse Kelly. Mr. Kelly will now take on incumbent Democrat Gabrielle Giffords. The NRCC favorite Jonathan Paton could not pull ahead. Ms. Giffords won her seat in 2006 will be facing a very different race for the first time and must deal with the unpopularity of her own party’s actions on the Hill.
CNN has called the primary race for Senator John McCain. Will the real John McCain now stand up? We shall soon see.
Congressman Kendrick Meek easily won his primary against billionaire Jeff Greene. Democrats will have to take a stand now and decide who they truly support in this race. Republican Marco Rubio can only benefit in this interesting three-way race.
The AP has called the primary race for hospital executive Rick Scott with 92 percent of precincts reporting.
Attorney General Bill McCollum, who is three percentage points behind his opponent Rick Scott, announced to his supporters at 10:50 PM Tuesday evening, “This is going to go to wee hours of the morning … We will be speaking with reporters in the morning.”
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY/ SENATE
Senator John McCain wins the Senate GOP primary. Mr. McCain had been able to shed his “maverick” self this primary season and Mr. Hayworth was not able to overcome his own long shot status. One must wonder if Senator McCain fought as hard against then Senator Obama during the 2008 Presidential campaign as he did against Mr. Hayworth this time around. “And jd way to ‘have the biggest upset in political history’ - how bout them apples?,” shot Mr. McCain’s daughter Meghan on Twitter after the results came in.
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY/ 3rd CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Ben Quayle carries on the the family name into the general. Mr. Quayle managed to beat out two other Republican competitors in a congressional primary in a district that Rep. John Shadegg, a Republican, is retiring from.