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Primary Day Primer: West Virginia, Georgia and Nebraska

By Aaron Blake, Felicia Sonmez and Chris Cillizza

Voters are voting (!) today in three states: West Virginia, Georgia and Nebraska.

Polls close in Georgia at 7 pm eastern, West Virginia at 7:30 pm eastern and in Nebraska at 9 pm eastern.

Here's a look at what you need to know about the races today:

West Virginia (Election Results)

Much of the attention tonight will be on whether Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), can survive, but the GOP primary in his 1st district is a great storyline in its own right.

The national GOP favorite, former state Del. David McKinley, is dealing with a late surge from businessman Mac Warner, who appears to be benefiting from sniping between McKinley and former state Sen. Sarah Minear.

More recently, Warner and McKinley have trained their fire on each other, with McKinley's camp hitting Warner for his tax liens and Warner accusing McKinley of dishonoring the military by questioning his fitness for office. Ah, politics!

The race is wide open, and Minear shouldn't be counted out either due, at least in part, to the fact that she has given $500,000 of her own money to the race.

National Republicans are hoping anyone except Warner wins. He hasn't raised nearly as much money as McKinley, and they view his collapsed family real estate business as a liability in the general election.

They are also keeping their fingers crossed that Mollohan holds on in his toss-up primary with state Sen. Mike Oliverio. An Oliverio vs. Warner matchup is their worst-case scenario, as far as the GOP is concerned.

The other race to watch in West Virginia is the Republican primary race to face Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.).

There, former state Supreme Court Justice (and former Democrat) Spike Maynard is the favorite. But he hasn't raised much money, and he could be hampered by his close ties to Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, whose company is under fire for the recent mine tragedy.

Georgia (Election Results)

Today's nonpartisan special election for the seat of Republican ex-Rep. Nathan Deal, who is running for governor, may also provide some clues as to how motivated the conservative grassroots are.

The district is among the most conservative in the nation -- Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won it with 75 percent in 2008, and Deal has typically cruised to victory. As a sign of the district's rightward tilt, all of the Republican candidates in a late-April debate applauded Arizona's new immigration law.

Ex-state Rep. Tom Graves (R) has enjoyed the support of the FreedomWorks, local Tea Partiers and the Club for Growth. The Club has aired ads in the district slamming Graves' main rival, ex-state Sen. Lee Hawkins (R), as "not conservative" and "wrong for Congress."

With turnout expected to be low, activists on the right could be poised to make a significant showing. The state Secretary of State's office said it did not have projected turnout numbers for today. But turnout was only 13% in the 2007 special election to replace the late Rep. Charlie Norwood (R).

Hawkins still holds advantages over Graves, however: his home base in the district's main population center of Gainesville, while Graves comes from the tiny town of Ranger. Hawkins has also been aided by a $145,000 personal loan to his campaign.

Six Republicans, one Democrat and one independent are facing off in today's nonpartisan special, but Graves and Hawkins are expected to prevail and head to a runoff on June 8.

Nebraska (Election Results)
The Cornhusker state is nearly drama-free -- particularly at the federal level. Want an interesting race to watch? Former state Attorney General Don Stenberg, the GOP's Senate nominee in 2000, is trying to win the state Treasurer's office but faces a competitive primary fight.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 11, 2010; 2:20 PM ET
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Comments

Foreigners can't buy land in the communist utopia. Or did you miss that in translation.

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heh heh heh I think I know a lit-tle more about the laws of land ownership in VN than you do, zouk. You have your national review site, I get my information, if I may coin a phrase, "on the ground."

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At 20 percent inflation per year, all your money will be pretty much gone in five years.

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Oh, I'll be just fine, thanks. I'm getting more like 100% return on my investments over there. And I'm not doing it for the money, I'm doing it so I can retire relatively young and enjoy the remainder of my life among better people than here in this free market squalor.

Now why don't you go see if you can scrounge up a mitzvah gig, maybe they'll front you an advance for the film.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 11, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

spiralling downward land?" Scope this, shutterbug.

I've put a total of under $175K into three adjacent plots of land, my house on the middle one.

We just turned down an offer of $520K.

Maybe this progressive sto0ge knows a thing or two.

Maybe you're not as smart as you think you are, shutterbug.

Posted by: Noacoler
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God bless the free market !!!

Posted by: leapin | May 11, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

"Ohio Democrats have come up with a rebuttal to an Ohio NRSC web video that took a shirtless picture of their Senate candidate, Lee Fisher, and set it to smooth jazz.

The Dems' response? Your candidate took the shirts off our backs, literally.

The Democrats' video features a handful of Ohioans standing in the streets with their shirts off, denouncing GOP candidate Rob Portman for his role in the Bush administration's economic policies.

"Rob Portman took the shirt right off my back," they say. According to the website set up by the Ohio Democratic Party, for every person who signs up to a mailing list, they'll mail a t-shirt to Portman."

Portman is a Bushie stooge.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Foreigners can't buy land in the communist utopia. Or did you miss that in translation.

At 20 percent inflation per year, all your money will be pretty much gone in five years.

why do you think they like gold so much troll?

when I was a kid penny candy was a penny. I should have bought a bunch and stored it somewhere. Now its a nickel. I could be as rich as Ped, taking the bus and stiffing the waiter.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 11, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

A week after Ronald Reagan’s presidential victory in November 1980, a twenty-year-old Elena Kagan, who was then a student at Princeton University, contributed a piece to the Daily Princetonian, wherein she gave voice to her angst over the apparent demise of the left. She wrote that her immediate “gut response” to Reagan’s election had been to conclude “that the world had gone mad, that liberalism was dead, and that there was no longer any place for the ideals we held or the beliefs we espoused.” After having taken some time to calm down, Kagan predicted, with a hopeful spirit, that “the next few years will be marked by American disillusionment with conservative programs and solutions, and that a new, revitalized, perhaps more leftist left will once again come to the fore.”

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 11, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"spiralling downward land?" Scope this, shutterbug.

I've put a total of under $175K into three adjacent plots of land, my house on the middle one.

We just turned down an offer of $520K.

Maybe this progressive sto0ge knows a thing or two.

Maybe you're not as smart as you think you are, shutterbug.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 11, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I see the mindless carpet posting continues.


this is what passes in some extreme leftist circles as "a life".

Oh Ped, you're so smart. Oh drivl, you too. Aren't Goopers creepy. Like, OMG, I know. LOL!

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 11, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Gold? I'm up 50%, zouk, while you're imploring web-page women to notice you and trying to get photography gigs at kids' birthday parties.

You are the gift of humor that keeps on giving.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 11, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

it's the hypcrisy...

'Soon after President Obama announced that he had nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, Republican Sens. Mitch McConnell (KY) and Jim DeMint (SC) attacked his choice because Kagan has never served as a judge:

MCCONNELL: “She’s the least qualified in terms of judicial experience in 38 years. Now some would argue that maybe we need to have people who don’t have judicial experience. I saw a survey indicating that about 70 percent of the American people think that judicial experience is a good idea for somebody who is going to be on the Supreme Court.”

DEMINT: “I’m concerned that she has no judicial experience to give Americans confidence that she will be impartial in her decisions.”

Yet back in 2005, both DeMint and McConnell praised Harriet Miers’ nomination to the Supreme Court before she withdrew. Like Kagan, Miers had no previous judicial experience, yet both GOP senators expressed admiration for Miers, specifically citing her “experience”:

MCCONNELL: “Ms. Miers has an exemplary record of service to our country. She will bring to the Court a lifetime of experience in various levels of government, and at the highest levels of the legal profession. She is a woman of tremendous ability and very sound judgment. … Ms. Miers has great experience in government as well, at the local, state, and federal levels. …She is well qualified to join the nation’s highest court. … She will make a fine addition to the Supreme Court, and I look forward to her confirmation.”

DEMINT: “Ms. Miers would bring a wealth of personal experience to the Supreme Court. I expect she will show that she has the intelligence, fairness, and open-mindedness needed to serve on the Court.”

Some of McConnell’s and DeMint’s GOP colleagues recognize the importance of having other professional experiences beyond serving as a judge. “It can be very valuable to have an individual who has a background other than that of being a judge,” Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said of Kagan, adding, “So I do not see that as being a problem at all.” Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) expressed similar sentiments. “I think that having some judges without judicial experience is not bad thing,” he said yesterday. And today on ABC’s Top Line, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said, “Some said, ‘Well she’s not a sitting judge.’ Well I don’t think that’s a disqualification. Some of the greatest justices in history never sat in a court room.”

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

'Hatch told ABC he’s not worried about suffering the same fate as Bennett. But a recent poll found that “more than half of Utah voters say they would elect someone other than Hatch if he were up for re-election this year.” In fact, a whopping 71 percent of the delegates at the state’s GOP convention said they would support a candidate other than Hatch.

Hatch’s dilemma — whether to embrace or distance himself from the Tea Party movement — is reflective of a wider problem the GOP is facing. Some leading conservatives have said the Tea Party has “limited appeal” because it is simply a “divisive protest movement” that “plays too much to people’s fears and hatred. Others, including GOP members of Congress, have pandered to the movement with violent rhetoric and outlandish conspiracy theories.'

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

AndyR3: I thought he was from Texas. If I'm wrong, I stand corrected, take away the part about "your home state" and the rest stands.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 11, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Finally the R establishment realizes, too late, that it has created a monster which is turning on them:

Last weekend at the Utah Republican Party’s nominating convention in Salt Lake City, incumbent Sen. Bob Bennett (R) came in a distant third behind two other GOP candidates vying for the three-term senator’s seat. Bennett’s defeat has been heralded as a victory for the Tea Party movement:

Today on ABC’s Top Line, Utah’s senior senator Orrin Hatch (R) was asked how Bennett — who “has long been viewed as a reliable conservative with deep Mormon roots” — could have lost in the party’s nominating process. “It’s hard. People are angry,” he said. Hatch — who has previously warned the Tea Party to start working more closely with the Republican Party — criticized the Tea Party for rallying against Bennett:

HATCH: A lot of these Tea Party people are angry. But when they don’t have an open mind and they won’t listen, that’s another matter and that’s something I think anybody would find fault with."

hahhhahaha

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

The prescription handed down from the Eurotopian Union for repairing the Greek economy includes -- in addition to massive tax increases -- privatizing health care, cutting state regulation of the economy, and firing thousands of Government workers.

Conspicuously absent from the plan are giant stimulus schemes, mortgage bailouts for people who shouldn't have been given mortgages in the first place, "green energy" schemes, "cash for clunkers," or any of the other schemes socialists declare are necessary to fix a broken economy.

You also have heard, of course, that the US is on the hook for $145 Billion to bail out the Eurotopian welfare states? It's a good thing our own Government is so fiscally responsible and flush with surplus cash.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 11, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

The Economic Illiteracy of Progressives

According to Zeljka Buturovic and Dan Klein, people who self-identify as “progressive” have low levels of economic knowledge whereas those who self-identify as “libertarian” or “very conservative” rank very highly.

A survey referenced in this article by Dennis the Peasant goes a long way toward explaining why every city, state, and country run by progressives is an economic shamble. This is what Progressives actually believe:


--67% of self-described Progressives believe that restrictions on housing development (i.e., regulations that reduce the supply of housing) do not make housing less affordable.
--51% believe that mandatory licensing of professionals (i.e., reducing the supply of professionals) doesn't increase the cost of professional services.
--Perhaps most amazing, 79% of self-described Progressive believe that rent control (i.e., price controls) does not lead to housing shortages.

The Democrat Party is run by delusional Progressives who really don't believe that economics involves hard choices. They simply pretend that their desires can be enacted without any negative consequences; the Government can give everybody a mortgage even if they can't pay it, the government can insure 30,000,000 more people and health care will get cheaper and better; we can ban oil drilling and still have all the energy we need from windmills, we can impose massive energy taxes without driving employers out of business and so on.

Out of power, these delusions are amusing. In power, they are dangerous. Check with Greece and California on that one.

not surprised. Ped thinks gold is the best investment and leasing spiraling downward land in the communist hyper inflation paradise is wise. Drivl gets all her money fron couch cushions. Magic. Just like berry. If you can;t find any, just look under another. Tax payer that is.

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

twisted, sick mind.

Posted by: drindl | May 11, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me or is Ped getting more frantic and loony by the day?

Posted by: bumblingberry | May 11, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Noacoler, CC is from Connecticut.

Posted by: AndyR3 | May 11, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Ooopss: meant to write:

Chris, Stenberg was not only the unsuccessful GOP nominee for Senate in 2000, but he also lost bids for the GOP nomination in 1996 AND 2006.

Posted by: RussellNewYork | May 11, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Chris, Stenberg was not only the unsuccessful GOP nominee for Senate in 2006, but he also lost bids for the GOP nomination in 1996 AND 2006.

Posted by: RussellNewYork | May 11, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Wow we finally get a mention of the Arizona law here. How about mentioning that it's electoral suicide for the party you adore so much? How are you going to feel when your home state goes blue? I look forward to another terse clenched-teeth blog entry when that happens.

Posted by: Noacoler | May 11, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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