by Charles Lemos, Sat Aug 28, 2010 at 11:26:01 PM EDT
West Virginia Primary
Popular Governor Joe Manchin easily won the Democratic nomination Saturday in the race to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of Senator Robert Byrd. He will face GOP primary winner and wealthy businessman John Raese who has previously run unsuccessfully for Governor and for the Senate. Raese beat out nine other Republicans. The New York Times has the full details.
Voters in the Bayou State also headed to the polls on Saturday. Results are not fully in as yet but it appears that scandal-plagued Republican Senator David Vitter appeared poised for an easy primary victory over two little-known challengers. With 23 percent of the precincts reporting, Vitter has amassed 88 percent of the vote. On the Democratic Side Congressman Charlie Melancon, who also had two primary opponents, is coasting to an easy victory. Melacon has 69 percent vote with 23 percent of precincts reporting. The Vitter versus Melacon promises to be the nastiest contest this cycle. A Libertarian party candidate, Randall Hayes, will also be on the November ballot.
There is also a competitive Democratic primary in the Louisiana Second Congressional District that encompasses much of New Orleans. The seat is currently held by GOP Congressman Anh Joseph Cao. Cedric Richmond, a Louisiana State Representative endorsed by much of the state's Democratic political establishment, beat out three others in that race with 64 percent of the vote. The New Orleans Times-Picayune has live updates.
A Recount in Vermont
Doug Racine, a State Senator from Richmond, finished 197 votes behind Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin in the five way Democratic gubernatorial primary in the Green Mountain State. Under Vermont state law, a candidate trailing by less than 2 percent can request a taxpayer-funded recount. Shumlin finished with 24.48 percent, or 18,276 votes, versus 24.22 percent, or 18,079 votes, for Racine. Secretary of State Deb Markowitz finished third with 17,580 votes, only 696 behind Shumlin and 499 behind Racine. Google community relations director Matt Dunne had 15,323 votes, and state Sen. Susan Bartlett had 3,759. The Burlington Free Press has more on this story.