Well, it's a tough year for incumbents; everyone's been writing that. Which doesn't explain, of course, why two-term incumbent Senator Blanche Lincoln won her runoff in Arkansas. She'll face a tough Republican in November, but she did win.
The Tea Party? They can brag on Nevada, where Tea Party favorite Sharon Angle seems to have beaten out two rivals and will challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the fall. In South Carolina Rep. Nikki Haley ran far ahead of three male competitors in the gubernatorial primary. With 49% of the vote, she will face a runoff. Two men claimed they'd had sex with Mrs. Haley, but that didn't seem to matter.
It was a good day for rich white Republican women in California. In the Senate primary, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorino won her primary and will face three-term incumbent Barbara Boxer this fall. In the gubernatorial primary, Meg Whitman, who spent millions of dollars of her own money, won and will face, can you believe it, Jerry Brown in the fall. Brown served two terms as governor thirty years ago.
So in this very political city, the election owns the Washington Post front page today? Well, no. It shares the front page with the Washington Nationals' (that's the baseball team, usually preceded by the adjective "hapless"...lost more than a hundred games the past two seasons) rookie pitching phenom, Stephen Strasburg. He made his major league debut last night, allowed two runs in seven innings, struck out 14, and WON. Big front-page color picture, story to match.
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