WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel battled to a virtual draw on Tuesday in their bitter Republican Senate primary and appeared headed to a rematch in a June 24 runoff.
Neither candidate appeared likely to capture the 50 percent of the vote needed for a clear win. With about 98 percent of the votes counted, McDaniel had 49.6 percent and Cochran 48.8 percent – a difference of about 2,500 votes.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi will be fighting for political survival on Tuesday in a Republican primary contest that represents the conservative Tea Party’s best chance to knock off a sitting senator this year.
The showdown between Cochran, who is seeking his seventh Senate term, and Tea Party challenger Chris McDaniel highlights a busy day of voting across the country as eight states hold primaries to select nominees for the Nov. 4 midterm elections.
HARLAN, Kentucky, May 28 (Reuters) – At campaign stops in
the coal-rich mountains of eastern Kentucky, Democrat Alison
Lundergan Grimes likes to say she embodies the words that
frighten her Republican Senate opponent Mitch McConnell the
most: “pro-coal Democrat.”
For Grimes and other coal country Democrats, embracing that
label is more than a political convenience. It’s vital for
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell easily dispatched a Tea Party challenger in Kentucky on Tuesday to win nomination to a sixth term, setting up one of November’s most expensive and hard-fought Senate races against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes.
McConnell’s decisive victory over conservative businessman Matt Bevin was one of the highlights of the busiest election night of the year so far, as voters in six states picked candidates for November elections that will decide control of Congress.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voters in six states will choose candidates on Tuesday for some of November’s top congressional election races, including another round of crucial U.S. Senate primaries between the Republican establishment and Tea Party favorites in Kentucky, Georgia and Oregon.
Tea Party candidates are fighting an uphill battle in all three U.S. Senate contests, which could be vital to Republican hopes of picking up the six seats they need to recapture control of the chamber from Democrats in November.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul bet on a long-shot and lost in North Carolina’s contentious Republican Senate primary, raising new questions about the Tea Party hero’s bid to woo the party establishment on his way to a 2016 White House race.
While many Republicans celebrated Tuesday’s Senate primary win by North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, Paul scrambled to save face after the candidate he backed, Greg Brannon, finished a distant second in the battle for the right to challenge vulnerable Democratic Senator Kay Hagan.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A rare burst of good news on President Barack Obama’s healthcare program has given Democrats their first glimmer of hope in months on an issue that has helped drag the party down ahead of November’s U.S. congressional elections.
A better-than-expected enrollment of 7.1 million people in healthcare exchanges under Obamacare gives Democrats a positive argument to counter relentless Republican calls for repeal of the law, and could help them change the topic to the bread-and-butter economic and job issues Democrats prefer to talk about.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Eight months before the November 4 elections, Republicans have expanded the number of competitive races for U.S. Senate seats and have a growing chance of gaining control of that chamber and stalling Democratic President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda.
Public dissatisfaction with the president, concerns about his healthcare overhaul and a sluggish economy, and a series of retirements by key Democratic senators in conservative states have made a rugged year for Democrats even more so, analysts and strategists in both parties say.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans must pick up a net of six seats from Democrats to regain control of the U.S. Senate in the November 4 elections. The key battles are likely to play out in these 13 states:
ALASKA – Democratic Senator Mark Begich is running for a second term in this conservative state, and three Republicans will compete in an August primary for the right to challenge him. Former state attorney general Dan Sullivan is the early favorite, and his fundraising has far outpaced that of the other two Republican candidates, Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell and 2010 nominee Joe Miller.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Rand Paul, a potential 2016 White House contender, on Friday accused President Barack Obama of restricting civil liberties and urged conservatives to “stand with me” in electing a president who would protect personal rights.
In a starkly libertarian speech, the senator from Kentucky condemned National Security Agency electronic surveillance, detention without trial programs and what he said were other encroachments on civil rights under the Obama administration.