June 7, 2010

How To Talk Smart About Today's Elections

Posted: 10:00 PM ET



Voters in 11 states will go to the polls on Tuesday to pick which Republicans and Democrats they'd like to see slug it out in November. We'll find out if Blanche Lincoln will become the third Senate incumbent to lose his or her primary; which Republican will get to challenge Senate majority leader Harry Reid; and if Jim Gibbons of Nevada might be the first sitting governor to lose a primary.

This year's Super Tuesday of primaries is filled with intrigue, ranging from sexual indiscretions in South Carolina — and no, this doesn't involve Mark Sanford, Argentina or the Appalachian Trail — to massages for drug-addicted prisoners in Nevada. We'll also see some interesting tests of the power of the Tea Party movement: it's looking like the GOP Establishment candidate in Virginia's Fifth Congressional District has nothing to fear from his six Tea Party challengers, though such groups may succeed in bringing down South Carolina Representative Bob Inglis.

Here's a look at nine key races to watch:

1. Nevada's Senate GOP Primary
The Republican primary to see who will challenge Senate majority leader Harry Reid for his seat is quite a spectacle. Issues of late have included whether Establishment candidate Sue Lowden, a former chair of the Nevada Republican Party, is pushing a plan to barter chickens for medical care, and a Scientology-endorsed drug-treatment plan for prisoners that includes massages, put forth by Tea Party darling Sharron Angle. This race has gotten so ugly, there's a chance that "None of the above" — always present on Nevada ballots — could well win. Lowden and Angle are in a dead heat, closely trailed by businessman Danny Tarkanian, son of former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry "Tark the Shark" Tarkanian.


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carlos ruiz   June 8th, 2010 12:55 am ET

I believe that all infructuos attempts to close the flow form BP are because they want to keep using thart hole and that oil in the future, There is the problem. If they really wanted to close the well, the solution in to dig another hoje hust few yards from the damaged one, and at the middle of the depth of the sea bottom and the oil, there they stopdrilling, place a Bomb and detonate it, just powerfull enough to shake the underground , so the movement do reacomodate sands, rocks and everything several feet arounf, and with the help of the sea weight and all the big pressures involved, the substrrates moved collapses the actual tubes and closes the opening. killing the leak.

rod w   June 8th, 2010 11:12 am ET

here in california we have two front runners for the republican primary running for governor spending millions of dollars in ads about how they gonna change california. They wasting millions of there money and want us to believe that they will be responcible with spending the states money, I dont think so!! They wont be getting my vote im voting for Jerry Brown. GO DEMOCRATS!!!!

Jeff Torres   June 8th, 2010 10:16 pm ET

California Votes tonight and I have to say that the Vote for the new Govenor Candidate should go to somone with expierence and I am proud to see JERRY BROWN on the ticket!!! We have had a very hard 5 years with ARNOLD in office and I think tonight Calfornia Democrats will go to the polls and show that we as democrats are resiliant and hopefully now our state will take a turn around and with the right DEMOCRATIC decision and our state will recover from the mess we are now in!!!! YAY VOTE FOR JERRY BROWN!!!!!!

Anne M.   June 9th, 2010 1:23 am ET

California is still a blue state and I want to keep it that way. I am tired of the relentless mud slinging campaigns that I have seen the past few weeks between the Republican candidates. I agree Jerry Brown and Barbara Boxer both have the experience to turn things around for the best in Sacramento in November. They got my vote! Go Dems!!!

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