Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Winners and Losers From the Tuesday 2014 Primary Elections

(S2N Media) Tuesday, May 20, 2014 did not turn out to be a favorable day for Tea Party candidates and Democrats. Six states held primaries ; Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Kentucky, Oregon, and Pennsylvania.  GOP Senate candidates that couldn't get out of the way of their own mouths lost to better funded and more disciplined rivals. The results put the GOP in position to capitalize on Obama’s unpopularity and woes such as the latest VA debacle.

In Kentucky, Democrats wanted Senator Manority Leader Mitch McConnell beaten down, if not defeated. That was not to be as McConnell prevailed in the Tuesday GOP primary.

In Georgia, Democrats were hoping for a Republican nominee so far to the right that he or she would send centered oriented voters party jumping. That didn't  happen. The two contenders considered to have the broadest general-election appeal, businessman David Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston are headed to a July 22 runoff the winner will go on to face Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.

In Kentucky, Mitch McConnell's anemic poll numbers combined with voters' overwhelming dissatisfaction with his left centric Senate positions left him vulnerable to a conservative primary challenger. However years of experience combined with a boatload of money ($10 million) on his primary campaign, McConnell easily defeated opponent Matt Bevin, 60 percent to 36 percent. This sets the stage for a showdown with Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky's secretary of state, in what could become the year's most expensive Senate race.

McConnell and Grimes wasted no time donning the campaign boxing gloves. During his victory speech, McConnell was quick to schmooze the Obama opponents by charging Grimes with being an "Obama Candidate".

"Barack Obama's candidates preach independence but they practice loyalty above all else. And tonight, I'm confident of this: Kentuckians will not be deceived. Alison Lundergan Grimes is Barack Obama's candidate."

Grimes slugged right back in her victory speech. She countered with a barrage of attacks. The most stinging of her verbal recourses  was one calling McConnell "Senator Gridlock".

"Mitch McConnell would have you believe that President Obama is on Kentucky's 2014 election ballot,"  "Senator McConnell, this race is between you and me."

Idaho was the setting to one of the most hotly contested House Republican primaries on Tuesday. Rep. Mike Simpson beat Bryan Smith, who was backed by conservative organizations.

Oregon found Dr. Monica Wehby overcoming days of digs into her personal life to win Oregon's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate.  Wehby won over state legislator Jason Conger.

A seat in Pennsylvania's 13TH Congressional District was up for grabs in the run between Marjorie Margolies, Chelsea Clinton's mother-in-law, and legislator Brendan Boyle. Margolies lost to the 37-year-old Boyle a state legislator. In politics, it is not always, who you know or how much money you have. Boyle's campaign raised the least amount of money and He lacked his opponents' powerful connections to the Philadelphia political establishment.

 "They say money always wins," Boyle told ABC News in a recent interview. "If we win, we show that's not true." Margolies, 71, had a charge from the Clinton political machine throughout the race. Margolies' son Marc Mezvinsky married Chelsea Clinton in July 2010.

In the Pennsylvania's Governor's face-off Tom Wolf funded his cruise to victory over the once favored Rep. Allyson Schwartz in the Democratic primary. Wolf swamped Schwartz with his personal fortune, and will go on to become one of the most talked-about Democrats on the ballot this year. Voters were swayed by Wolf's folksy ads that included appearances by his family and employees. Wolf will go on to face a very unpopular GOP Gov. Tom Corbett in the general elections.

The Tea Party came, they saw, and they left pretty much empty handed. Third party interest groups invested millions into ads attacking Mr. McConnell in Kentucky, $316,153 against Ms. Wehby in Oregon and $523,774 against Mr. Simpson in Idaho. In the end, none of those races were close. The next target date for tea party action is June 3, when Mississippi Republicans will choose between Sen. Cochran and state Sen. McDaniel, who has support from SCF and the Club for Growth. Oklahoma Republicans vote June 24, when Rep. James Lankford, the Republican Policy Committee chairman, faces state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, who is endorsed by the Club for Growth and Sen. Cruz.

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