Fisher Wins in Ohio, A Run-Off in North Carolina

Here's what we know: Lt. Governor Lee Fisher has won the Democratic nomination for the US Senate in Ohio beating back a challenge from Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner. With almost 50% of precincts reporting when the Associated Press called the race at 10:15 p.m. ET, Fisher had just over 193,000 votes (56%) to Brunner's 169,600 (44%). Fisher now face Republican nominee Rob Portman in November for the right to replace retiring Republican George Voinovich.

In North Carolina, neither Elaine Marshall, the Secretary of State nor Cal Cunningham, an Iraq War veteran and a former state lawmaker, cleared the 40 percent threshold required to claim victory. The two will square off in a run-off on June 22nd.

In Indiana, former right wing Senator Dan Coats has won the GOP nomination. He's likely to face Representative Brad Ellsworth in the general election. The race is to fill the seat of the retiring Evan Bayh. Coats served in the U.S. House from 1981 to 1989 and the U.S. Senate from 1989 to 1999 when he retired. He has been a registered lobbyist since retiring from Congress and represents everything that's wrong with the revolving door in Washington politics. 

More primary coverage from the New York Times.

Tags: Indiana Senate Race, Dan Coats, Rep. Brad Ellsworth, Ohio Senate Race, North Carolina Senate Race (all tags)

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