by desmoinesdem, Tue Jun 08, 2010 at 10:10:55 PM EDT
Lots of states are holding primaries today. Swing State Project has early returns in many House district primaries. We'll update this thread later with more results. For now, it looks like Senator Blanche Lincoln is going to hold on to win the Arkansas runoff election. Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter is polling a few points below where he was on May 18 and not hitting the numbers he needs to win.
In South Carolina, there will be a runoff to determine the Republican nominee for governor. Nikki Haley leads by a substantial margin but will probably finish just below the 50 percent mark she needs to avoid a runoff. She will face off against Rep. Gresham Barrett on June 22.
UPDATE: Lincoln appears to have defeated Halter 52-48. Very disappointing.
Bad night to be named Jim Gibbons. Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons lost the GOP primary to Brian Sandoval, who has led all the polls against Democratic candidate Rory Reid. Meanwhile, the NRCC's candidate in the IA-03 Republican primary, Jim Gibbons, lost badly; State Senator Brad Zaun won the seven-man field and will face Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell in November. The NRCC favored candidate in IA-02, Rob Gettemy, also seems to have lost to 2008 nominee Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
Roxanne Conlin easily won the Democratic primary in the Iowa Senate race and will face Senator Chuck Grassley in the general election. Terry Branstad leads Bob Vander Plaats in the Republican primary for Iowa governor, but not by as big a margin as recent polls suggested.
UPDATE: Meg Whitman appears to have won the Republican primary for California governor and will face former Governor Jerry Brown. Carly Fiorina is way ahead of Tom Campbell in the CA-Sen primary. I think that's good news for incumbent Barbara Boxer, though polls have been mixed on whether Campbell or Fiorina would do best in the general election.
I haven't been following the Maine governor's race at all, but Libby Mitchell won the Democratic primary and Paul LePage the GOP primary.
UPDATE: How lucky is Senate Majority leader Harry Reid? He will face Club for Growth favorite Sharon Angle in the Nevada Senate race. If the Club for Growth had invested serious money in Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa Governor Chet Culver might be facing an equally weak opponent.
FINAL UPDATE: Calitics has more detailed results from the California races, including several ballot initiatives. It looks like Props 16 and 17, both brought to you by and for big corporations, were narrowly defeated, but sadly, so was an initiative on public financing of campaigns. The queen of the "birthers," Orly Taitz, got crushed in the Republican primary for California secretary of state. Swing State Project has results from U.S. House primaries in various states.