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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
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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.

Morning Jay: Primaries, Primaries, and More Primaries!

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.

Last night, The Hill reported that Castle was not going to back O'Donnell while the GOP establishment plans to take a wait-and-see approach to aiding the Tea Party Express-backed challenger.

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.

DE-AL.  The battle on the GOP side came down to Michele Rollins and Glen Urquhart.  Rollins had the backing of the local party establishment.  The latest results show Urquhart clinging to a lead of less than 600 votes with all precincts accounted for.  The winner will take on former lieutenant governor John Carney, who is generally favored, albeit slightly.

MD-1. This district will feature a rematch of the 2008 general election battle.  State senator Andy Harris upset Republican Wayne Gilchrist in the 2008 Republican primary only to lose to Democrat Frank Kratovil.  Last night, Harris won 2/3 of the primary vote against businessman Rob Fisher.  He’ll face Kratovil in the general.  This one is a toss-up.

MA-10. The GOP had a competitive contest to replace retiring Democratic representative Bill Delahunt.  The final winner was state representative Jeff Perry.  He’ll go on to face Norfolk DA William Keating.  This race looks to be competitive, as MA-10 is the most Republican-leaning district in the Bay State.

NH-1. Manchester mayor Frank Guinta won a squeaker on the Republican side, winning just 32 percent of the vote (as of this writing) in a very crowded field.  Wowsa!  He’ll face Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter in the general election.  This one is a toss-up.

NH-2. Former Republican Representative Charlie Bass won the right to compete for his old seat, pulling just 43 percent of the vote (as of this writing) in a crowded field, and edging out talk show host Jennifer Horn by just 3,900 votes (so far).  He will face attorney Ann McLane Kuster in this open seat race.

NY-1.  The Republican battle to see who would take on incumbent Democrat Tim Bishop in this Long Island district was a brutal one.  Businessman Randy Altschuler was pitted against Chris Cox, grandson of Richard Nixon, and former SEC official George Demos.  In the end, Altschuler pulled it out with 45 percent of the vote.

NY-13. On the GOP side in this Staten Island district, the race to take on incumbent Democrat Mike McMahon was between former Bloomberg aide Michael Allegretti and former FBI agent Mike Grimm.  The latter won easily, carrying better than 67 percent of the vote.  This should be a competitive district in November.

NY-15. Charlie Rangel wins easily in Harlem, carrying 51 percent in a crowded field.  His top challenger, Adam Clayton Powell IV, didn’t even take 25 percent of the vote.

NY-23. Doug Hoffman failed to win the GOP nomination in this upstate district, losing to investment banker Matt Doheny in a squeaker.  But Hoffman has the Conservative Party nomination, so the conservative vote could once again be split as the GOP looks to take back this seat from Democrat Bill Owens. 

WI-7. Ashland County DA (and former reality TV star!) Sean Duffy won the GOP nomination with ease in this northwestern Wisconsin district.  He will face state senator Julie Lassa to replace retiring Democrat David Obey.  This race is a toss-up. 

WI-8. Roofing contractor Ron Ribble won the Republican nominee with 48 percent against a crowded field in this Republican-leaning district, centered on Appleton and Green Bay.  He’ll face incumbent Democrat Steve Kagen in November.  This race is another toss-up. 

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