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The Winners (and the losers) from June 1 primaries

It was a VERY late but interesting night at Fix headquarters as Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico voted.

Alabama provided enough spills and thrills for all three states as voters ousted party switching Rep. Parker Griffith and handed Rep. Artur Davis, who entered the day as a clear favorite in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, an upset loss.

New Mexico and Mississippi played out more according to established storylines with national favorite Susana Martinez (R) winning the New Mexico governor's primary and state Sen. Alan Nunnelee (R) emerging victorious in the northern Mississippi 1st district, which will be a major battleground in the fall.

At the Fix though we like to go beyond the headlines -- to explore the winners and the losers you might not have thought of. Riding high on five hours of sleep, we offer our picks below. Have suggestions of your own? The comments section awaits.

WINNERS

* Alabama Democratic Conference/New South Coalition: These two longstanding African-American groups were purposely ignored by Davis during the primary under the theory that their ability to deliver votes was outweighed by the negative attention he would draw in a general election by being viewed as "their candidate". Whoops! Both organizations endorsed state Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks, who is white, in the primary. And, while the ADC and New South Coalition shouldn't get all the credit for Sparks performance in predominantly black counties, they clearly played a major role. In Barbour and Bullock -- two African American counties in the eastern reaches of the state -- Sparks took 66 percent and 60 percent, respectively. Machine politics is dead in lots of areas of the country but not in Alabama just yet.

* Travis Childers/Bobby Bright: Both Childers, a Democrat who represents northern Mississippi, and Bright, a Democrat from southern Alabama, were much-mentioned as potential party switchers in the wake of Griffith's move last year. (Both men represent strongly Republican districts.) Neither man jumped and while they will both face serious races in the fall, they are in better shape today than Griffith.

* Gambling: For all of the after-action analysis that has been and will be done regarding Davis' stunning loss, the Sparks campaign chalked his win up to his support for a state lottery to help fund college tuition. "We always thought that we were very lucky in that Ron Sparks started talking about the gaming issue and the education lottery last summer before anybody cared," said campaign manager Rick Dent in an interview with the Fix. Advocacy for a state lottery has long been a winner for Democrats in the South -- more than a decade ago both Don Siegelman (Ala.) and Jim Hodges (S.C.) rode the issue to the statehouse. (Thanks to Politico's Jonathan Martin for his elephantine political memory.)

* Republican Governors Association: The RGA knew it wanted Dona Ana District Attorney Susana Martinez as its nominee in the New Mexico open seat race. They also knew that a Washington-based organization endorsing her might not be a recipe for success in this anti-establishment year. So, they helped steer hundreds of thousands of dollars to her campaign and orchestrated an endorsement from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Both moves provided Martinez a significant boost and led to her easy win last night that not only gives Republicans a fighting chance in the Democratic-leaning Land of Enchantment but also gives the party a Hispanic female face to push back against the "old, white guy" image the GOP is currently battling.

* "Mo's": The victory of Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks in Alabama's 5th district -- he crushed Griffith in the primary -- is a victory for Mo's everywhere. That list includes Mo(e) Greene, Mo(e) Syzlak, Mo(s) Def and Mo(ses) Malone.

LOSERS

Benedict Arnolds: Party switching is NOT cool with voters these days. (Was it ever?). Griffith's defeat, which came two weeks to the day after Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter lost his first Senate race as a Democrat, made clear that party switching may be dead -- at least for the foreseeable future. The only way to switch parties and preserve some semblance of political capital may well be to follow the Phill Gramm model in Texas. Gramm, first elected as a Democrat to the House in 1978, switched to the GOP side in 1983, resigned and then won a special election to claim his House seat again. A year later he was elected to the Senate.

Political Dynasties: A famous last name -- as we have written recently -- is not what it used to be in politics. Three political heirs fell last night: 1) Pete Domenici Jr., son of legendary Sen. Pete Domenici placed fourth in the New Mexico gubernatorial primary with -- eek! -- seven percent of the vote. 2) Earl Hilliard Jr., son of former Alabama Rep. Earl Hilliard, missed out of the runoff for his father's old 7th district seat. 3) Businessman Tim James, son of former Alabama Gov. Fob James, appears to have narrowly -- 200 votes or so -- missed out on making the Republican runoff for governor.

Viral video: Dale Peterson became an Internet phenomenon thanks to this web video. (Our favorite part? A tie between how other politicians don't "give a rip" about the people of the state and the random appearance of a gun at the end of the clip.) Peterson's web ad spawned a "Funny or Die" imitation as well as stories in a variety of national outlets including the Post. All that attention didn't amount to enough votes, however, as Peterson came in third (out of three) in the Republican primary for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner.

Alabama: One of the Fix's college roommates -- the brilliant and talented Campbell Robertson of the New York Times -- is an Alabama native. So, it is with a heavy heart that we put the Yellowhammer State -- best state nickname? -- in our losers category. But, 90 minutes after the polls closed only ONE PERCENT of the votes were counted in the governor's race. Come on! To quote Dale Peterson: "We are better than that."

By Chris Cillizza  |  June 2, 2010; 5:51 PM ET
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Comments

Well excuuuuuse me for hitting home the point that
1.Obama's administration approved the BP well
2. Obama's Minerals Management Service didn't oversee the safety precautions and opkeep of said well
3. Obama mead a speech supporting the approval and management of more deep sea wells- giving the MMS a bigger responsibility to blow- weeks before the leak
4. Obama has chosen to outsource the biggest environmental disaster in history to BP a multinational private enterprise run by the Brits who use robots (hence the Robocop analogy)
5. Every attempt has unfortunately failed miserably with no end in sight until perhaps 2 1/2 months from now, with Florida nxt to suffer while Obama throws tarballs on the beach for the cameras!
6. If this was Bush you'd have 2 fingers in cats typing out the criticism.
7. Why aren't you outraged by the above?

Posted by: thecannula | June 2, 2010 11:22 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

I guess I can write a $1000 SarahPAC check if you can link to where I said Obama is popular in LA. Maybe I can just tape up the one I wrote from the last time someone lied about what I said.

I never understood this whole concept of making things up. Like I can see why politicians can do it. They have jobs on the line. But why on a message board?

Posted by: DDAWD | June 2, 2010 8:45 PM
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DDAWD, I will take you at your word. If you did not say Obama was popular in LA, then accept my apology for misquoting you. There is certainly enough B.S. floating around here without my having to contribute to the pile.

Posted by: Brigade | June 2, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

The country deserves an INDEPENDENT PROSECUTOR TO INVESTIGATE


1) Whether the Obama people, through a Union Official, made an offer to Blago with the intent to get Valerie Jarrett the appointment to the US Senate.


2) The Sestak affair, whether the Obama perople, through another third party, Bill Clinton, made an offer to Sestak to illegally influence the PA primary.


3) The Romanoff affair - whether an offer was made there to influence that election.


IT APPEARS THAT THERE MAY BE A CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE HERE - REPEATEDLY BREAKING THE SAME LAWS.


THAT WOULD MAKE OBAMA GUILT OF RACKETEERING.


ALL THESE CRIMES ARE IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.


The American people need to clean house -


When MMS wasn't cleaned out properly, and oil rig safety was allowed to continue to be lax, look what happened to the Gulf of Mexico.


We have to clean house with Obama - NOW.


.

Posted by: 37thand0street | June 2, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

I guess I can write a $1000 SarahPAC check if you can link to where I said Obama is popular in LA. Maybe I can just tape up the one I wrote from the last time someone lied about what I said.

I never understood this whole concept of making things up. Like I can see why politicians can do it. They have jobs on the line. But why on a message board?

Posted by: DDAWD | June 2, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

cannula,
With Obama's approval going south and this oil disaster likely to last until anywhere from August to Christmas, don't look for any of the liberals to actually engage you on the issue.

It was revealed today that BP, the company which gave more money to the Dems than the Republicans, is far and away the company with the most rule violations.

So the only response you'll get will be personal attacks and wild stories about how successful are these bloggers. LOL.

Oh, and you'll probably hear some raving about Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war, and how tremendously popular Obama is in LA, even though all evidence is to the contrary. 45 days and counting . . .

Posted by: Brigade | June 2, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

You're not going to get my goat making fun of my moniker, child, I got it from a password-generating program. It's not related to my name. Have fun trying thought.

I've written software for 16-patient remote monitoring devices .. NIBP, SpO2, cardiac waveforms. I had to do the technical documentation (510k) and it was close to 300 pages. If you didn't have to do any of that then that's good because it'c clear you couldn't.

In fact you don't seem capable of writing more than one post, you just write it over and over.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 2, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Actually NoaFooler the FDA in the country from which I write makes it quite simple to achieve approval of cannulas-

"Class I medical devices have the least amount of regulatory control. Class I devices present minimal potential harm to the user. Class I devices are typically simple in design, manufacture and have a history of safe use. Examples of Class I devices include tongue depressors, arm slings, and hand-held surgical instruments. Most Class I devices are exempt from the premarket notification and may be exempt from compliance with the good manufacturing practices regulation"

- in Khazakstan, where you're obviously from given your command of the English language, cannula must be more difficult to pass muster as they are somehow consumed or inserted elsewhere.

Posted by: thecannula | June 2, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

DDAWD, I hope you don't seriously entertain the possibility that this repetitious "robocop" joker could have actually gotten a medical patent. This is 37th posting under another moniker.

Medical machinery requires exhaustive FDA documentation and nobody who writes with the simplemindedness of this bore could possibly, I mean POSSIBLY have come up with the rigor to do that.

Posted by: Noacoler | June 2, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

gun>rip, but both good.

Posted by: DDAWD | June 2, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Chris- Isn't it Ironic that your blog is called THE FIX and that's exactly what our President is allowing a multinational company run by Brits to bungle off of our coast? Did you see that the robots got stuck today- like the prototypes designed to replace Robocop in the movie of the same name. Robocop was part human, part machine- hey maybe we should send a deep diving 2 man sub down there from the US (not UK) Navy to fix the problem- we use them to tap communication lines at the bottom of the ocean-so why not. Why not- cause Obama doesn't want to risk bungling this any more- His administration Approved the well and then didn't oversee it. What a pathetic handling of this dire situation by the Robocop President.

Posted by: thecannula | June 2, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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