Republican Gubernatorial Runoff in South Carolina Today
In South Carolina, state representative Nikki Haley (R) and Rep. Gresham Barrett
(R) are in a runoff for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. The winner
will face Vincent Sheheen (D) who won his primary cleanly whereas Haley
fell just short of the required 50% mark in hers. She has been dogged by
multiple accusations of infidelity, so far unproven. Haley is the favorite
in the runoff and also in the general election unless more dirt comes out
and is proven. If elected, she would be the state's first female governor
and the nation's second Indian-American governor. Her maiden name is
Democratic Senatorial Runoff in North Carolina Today
North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D) and former
state senator Cal Cunningham (D) are duking it out in a runoff today for
the right to take on Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) in November. Cunningham is
the establishment favorite, but Marshall got more votes (36%) than
Cunningham (27%) in the May 4 primary. Only this time, businessman
Ken Lewis (D) is not in the mix so a lot depends on where his votes go.
This is the famous "cursed seat," which has flipped parties five times in
a row, so Burr is going to have to work hard to break the curse.
Utah Senatorial Runoff Today for the Republicans
At the state convention earlier this year, the assembled delegates
did something that rarely happens: refuse to renominate a sitting senator,
Bob Bennett (R-UT). His sin was not being conservative enough, even though
he has near-perfect ratings from most conservative groups. But the tea
partiers wanted blood and they got his. The candidates in today's
runoff are businessman Tim Bridgewater (R) and attorney Mike Lee (R).
The winner will face small businessman Sam Granato (D). To say that it
is strange for a long-time senator to be defeated at a state convention
and to have the general election be between two complete unknowns is an
understatement, to put it mildly, but the electorate appears to be in a
sour mood this year and odd things happen.
Runoffs in South Dakota and Mississippi Today
South Dakota and Mississippi are also holding elections today but there
are no marquee races on tap in either state.
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