Michigan, Missouri and Kansas Results

Michigan Primary Results

The big news from Michigan is the defeat of seven-term incumbent Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick who was ousted by State Sen. Hansen Clarke in the Democratic primary in Michigan's 13th Congressional District that encompasses most of Detroit. Clarke won with 48 percent of the vote to 41 percent for Rep. Cheeks Kilpatrick.

It's the end of a political dynasty, a mother done in by the corruption of her son, Kwame Kilpatrick, the disgraced former Mayor of Detroit, now serving a jail sentence and awaiting yet another trial in Federal court for additional crimes related to alleged misuse of campaign funds. Rep. Cheeks Kilpatrick serves on the House Appropriations Committee and had served a term as the chair of the Black Caucus. She becomes the fourth House member to lose her seat to a primary challenger.

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero won the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Michigan while former Gateway Chief Executive Officer and political novice Rick Snyder, another of those self-funded millionaires, won the Republican primary for Governor beating out four candidates including the current Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, the nine-term Congressman Pete Hoekstra (MI-02), and two others.

Bernero, who was backed by labor, won the Democratic nomination over State House Speaker Andy Dillion. Snyder is seen as the favourite to win the Governorship in the Fall.

Governor Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, is termed out.

More from the Detroit News.

Missouri Primary Results

The big news likely through when hell freezes over among conservatives is the largely symbolic slap at the Obama Administration's health reform which went down to defeat by a three to one margin in Missouri's Proposition C. From the New York Times:

The measure was intended to invalidate a crucial element of President Obama’s health care law — namely, that most people be required to get health insurance or pay a tax penalty. Supporters of the measure said it would send a firm signal to Washington about how this state, often a bellwether in presidential elections, felt about such a law.

“My constituents told me they felt like their voices had been ignored and they wanted Washington to hear them,” Jane Cunningham, a state senator and Republican who had pressed for a vote, said Tuesday night. “It looks to me like they just picked up a megaphone.”

The referendum, known as Proposition C, was seen as a first look at efforts by conservatives to gather and rally their forces over the issue. In the end, though, the referendum seemed not to capture the general population’s attention. Instead, Republican primary voters (who had the most competitive races on Tuesday) appeared to play a crucial role in the vote’s fate.

Practically speaking, it remains entirely uncertain what effect the vote will have. The insurance requirement of the federal health care law does not come into effect until 2014. By then, experts say, the courts are likely to weigh in on the provision requiring people to buy insurance.

“While we’re disappointed that Missourians didn’t vote against this, we think the courts will ultimately decide it,” said David M. Dillon, a spokesman for the Missouri Hospital Association.

For some, the outcome was not merely about health care, but about the role of states in setting policy.

“This really wasn’t an effort to poke the president in the eye,” said State Senator Jim Lembke, a Republican. “First and foremost, this was about defining the role of state government and the role of federal government. Whether it’s here in Missouri with health care or in Arizona with illegal immigration, the states are going to get together on this now.”

Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma have similar measures on the ballot this November. Here's more on this story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Beyond the nonsense in the Show-Me State, Missourians also went to polls to decide meaningful contests in the race to succeed the retiring Senator Kit Bond, a Republican. In the two primaries, two members of Missouri political dynasties prevailed. On the Democratic side, Robin Carnahan, the current Secretary of State in Missouri and the daughter of Mel Carnahan, a former governor won easily, while Republicans chose Representative Roy Blunt whose son Matt was also formerly governor. Rep. Blunt is the former Republican Whip, the number two leadership position, in the House. He represents the Missouri Seventh Congressional District in the southwestern part of the state that borders Oklahoma and Arkansas.

More on Missouri results from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Kansas City Star.

Kansas Primary Results

The main event in Kansas was the Senate primary and really the Republican contest that pitted the Sam Brownback and Jim DeMint endorsed Rep. Jerry Moran (KS-01) versus the Karl Rove and Sarah Palin endorsed Rep. Todd Tiahrt (KS-04). That contest turned into an all out brawl over who the more conservative candidate was. The two combined for $6.7 million in mud slinging. 

The primary on the Democratic side had five running for the honour of being the sacrificial lamb come November. The last Democrat from Kansas to win a Senate seat was George McGill who was elected in 1930 and served until 1939. In fact, only three Democrats and two Populists have ever been elected to the Senate from Kansas. All others have been Republicans.

Republican primary results with 3,245 of 3,316 precincts reporting:

— Jerry Moran, 157,181 votes, 50 percent
— Todd Tiahrt, 142,577 votes, 45 percent
— Tom Little, 9,944 votes, 3 percent
— Bob Londerholm, 8,095 votes, 3 percent

Democratic results with 3,245 of 3,316 precincts reporting:

— Lisa Johnston, 25,123 votes, 31 percent
— Charles Schollenberger, 18,965 votes, 24 percent
— David Haley, 15,498 votes, 19 percent
— Patrick Wiesner, 13,189 votes, 16 percent
— Robert Conroy, 7,823 votes, 10 percent


Dr. Lisa Johnston, the Assistant Dean for Student Academic Services at Baker University in Overland Park, won the Democratic nomination for Senate. She has a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from the University of Kansas and is making her first run for state-wide office. 

Senator Sam Brownback, who is leaving the Senate in hopes of capturing the Governor's Mansion in Topeka, polled 82 percent of the vote and was an easy winner over Joan Heffington in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Brownback now faces State Sen. Tom Holland who was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

More from the Topeka Capital-Journal.

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