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Alaska, Arizona & Florida's Primaries Today

August 24, 2010    Content provided by DDC Advocacy

The long-awaited primary between Sen. John McCain and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth will be decided today with all of the momentum going the Senator's way, thanks to $21 million in campaign spending. The three AZ Congressional primaries in the 1st (Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick), 5th (Rep. Harry Mitchell), and 8th (Rep. Gabrielle Giffords) districts all feature contested Republican primaries. It's conceivable that Tea Party-backed candidate Jesse Kelly in the 8th district could pull an upset victory over State Sen. Jonathan Paton.

In Alaska, former magistrate judge Joe Miller, armed with the backing of Sarah Palin and her forces, but with little in the way of financial resources, is attempting to deny Sen. Lisa Murkowski re-nomination in the GOP primary. Murkowski, who has an overwhelming financial advantage and has taken this challenge seriously, is expected to win. Miller's percentage, however, may be an interesting barometer of both the Alaska Tea Party and Palin's strength in the state.

Finally, the volatile Florida primary has also arrived. There, polls have see-sawed between Attorney General Bill McCollum and businessman Rick Scott. Going into the final days of this Republican gubernatorial race surveys disagree over who is leading, though more polls give the edge to McCollum rather than Scott. On the Democratic side, in the Senate race, a similar pattern has emerged between Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL-17) and businessman Jeff Greene. Though the lead has changed several times here in the last six weeks, Meek appears to have re-established himself as the clear front-runner. The speculation ends tonight. This is one of the most significant primary days of the year.


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