Three weeks ago, a Republican U.S Senate candidate repeatedly entreated members of his party not to nominate his opponent, who he would warned would be a potential problem in the general election. Are Republican voters in California about to make a similarly risky choice?
This was supposed to be coronation day for Sue Lowden, collecting her first crown since winning the Miss New Jersey beauty pageant in 1973. As a former state senator and state Republican Party chairwoman, Lowden entered the GOP primary for the right to take on Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) as a prohibitive favorite. Less than four months ago Lowden had a lead of 18 percentage points over her next closest competitor, businessman Danny Tarkanian, and almost 40 points ahead of former state legislator Sharron Angle. She was even above the magic 50-percent threshold in a head-to-head match-up against Reid, defeating him by 13 percentage points.
Barack Obama claimed a commanding lead in Alaska, outpolling Hillary Clinton by more than 2-to-1, with 60 percent of precincts reporting.--Christopher Lee
Barack Obama swept the Idaho Democratic caucuses like a sudden blizzard, getting 80 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 15 percent. --David Brown
Barack Obama claimed an early lead in Alaska, pulling in 68 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 32 percent with 20 percent of precincts reporting. --Christopher Lee
With a third of the precincts tallied, there are no surprises on the GOP side as Mitt Romney dominates in Utah with 88 percent of the vote. On the Democratic side, Barack Obama was pulling ahead of Hillary Clinton. --Josh White