Morning Jay: Primaries, Primaries, and More Primaries!
Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and More!
6:30 AM, Sep 15, 2010 • By JAY COST
Delaware Senate. It wasn’t even close. Republican Christine O’Donnell jumped out to a lead against Mike Castle right away last night and did not look back. Final result: O’Donnell 53 percent, Castle 47 percent, with a little more than 3,500 votes separating the two. Turnout was 32 percent of registered Republicans in the state.
O’Donnell will go on to face New Castle county executive Chris Coons, and the Democrat must now be heavily favored to win the seat.
New Hampshire Senate and Governor. What a barnburner in the Republican Senate battle! Former state board of education chair Ovide Lamontagne was surging late in the campaign against former attorney general Kelly Ayotte. Lamontagne had a lead through much of the night, but as of this writing Ayotte is holding a lead of about 1,000 votes with 85 percent of precincts reporting. The winner will take on Representative Paul Hodes of NH-2.
In the race to be the next governor of the Granite State, incumbent Democrat John Lynch easily won renomination. He will take on former state Health and Human Services Secretary John Stephen, who carried better than 3/5 of the Republican vote. Polling shows Lynch with a good lead, but struggling to get past 50 percent of the vote.
Wisconsin Senate and Governor. Republican frontrunner Ron Johnson cruised to victory in Wisconsin last night, pulling in 85 percent of the vote. He’ll face Russ Feingold in the general election, and polls show a tight race.
In the governor’s race, Milwaukee county executive Scott Walker won a fairly comfortable victory in the Republican primary last night over former Representative Mark Neumann. Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett won the Democratic nominee in a walk. Polls give Walker a consistent, but not overwhelming, lead.
Maryland Governor. Former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich easily won the Republican nomination last night, meaning that there will be a rematch between Ehrlich and incumbent governor Martin O’Malley. Polls show a tight race.
New York Senate and Governor. The GOP tried hard to find a top recruit to take on Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, but couldn’t find an A-lister for the job. In the end, former Republican representative Joe DioGuardi defeated former deputy assistant Treasury secretary David Malpass and former Port Authority commissioner Bruce Blakeman. Gillibrand has had huge leads, but has been struggling so far to put this race away.
Chuck Schumer is also up for reelection this year. Political consultant Jay Townsend will take him on. Schumer will win in a walk.
In the governor’s race, Republican representative Rick Lazio was totally wiped out last night, falling to wealthy self-funder Carl Paladino by a nearly 2:1 margin. Andrew Cuomo is all but certain to be the next governor of the Empire State.
House Races. There were a slew of notable House results last night.