WASHINGTON, June 24, 2014 – The Primary elections are winding down and tonight is the final big hurrah, bringing with it a number of interesting races:
- Representative Charles Rangel almost lost his primary race against state Senator Adriano Espaillat in 2012, and he faces a rematch today. The 84-year-old Rangel is fighting this one like the wily old pro that he is, but his district is more Hispanic than it was.If he loses, some black liberals may find that they like immigration even less than Tea Party candidates.
- Will Thad Cochran survive a GOP runoff in Mississippi? The 6-term, 76-year-old senator is the underdog in his race against state Senator Chris McDaniel. Cochran is wooing black voters and moderate women to his side – that is, he’s hoping for salvation from outside the party.McDaniel supporters will act as volunteer observers at polling places to make sure that anyone who voted in the Democratic primary doesn’t vote today. Cochran’s people are calling it “voter intimidation.”
- Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper seems vulnerable in Colorado this year, but he has a possible savior in the wings: former Representative Tom Tancredo. If Tancredo wins the GOP nomination, the biggest celebrations will be in the Colorado governor’s mansion.Some conservative groups are supporting Tancredo, whose position on illegal immigration is as conservative as it gets, but a Democratic group, Project Colorado Values, has also spent half a million dollars to boost Tancredo against his main rival, Bob Beauprez.
- Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn leaves a gap in Oklahoma politics that Rep. James Lankford and T.W. Shannon are trying to fill. Lankford ran the largest Baptist summer camp in Oklahoma for 15 years. Shannon is African-American, a member of the Chickasaw Nation, and former speaker of the Oklahoma house.
Other elections to watch include Florida’s 19th district special election, South Carolina’s primary runoff, a Utah primary, and a Maryland primary. Some of these races will be a gauge of Tea Party strength, others will test the power of incumbency against youth and a clean slate. It promises to be a fascinating night.
Join CDN political analysts Eric Golub, Joseph Cotto and Al Maurer along with Senior Political Editor Dr. Jim Picht, for a live chat to discuss the results as they unfold.