Results are in for a race that was touted as the make or break point for the GOP’s chances for a senate majority take-over.
76-year old veteran Senator Thad Cochran, who’s been in the senate for 36 years, beat Tea Party challenger, State Senator Chris McDaniel, in the “nailbiter” primary election by winning 50.4 percent of the vote. McDaniel came away with 49.6 percent.
In New York, another long-serving lawmaker, Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D), sought to fend off a younger challenger, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, in a bitter rematch of their close 2012 primary.
In Oklahoma, one of the most conservative states, the Republican Senate primary could produce a new GOP star. State House Speaker T.W. Shannon, who is black and a member of the Chickasaw Nation, faced Rep. James Lankford, who is white and a member of the House leadership, to fill the seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Tom Coburn (R).
Republicans in Colorado will pick a nominee to challenge Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) this fall. Former congressman Tom Tancredo, a vocal anti-immigration activist, and former congressman Bob Beauprez, the establishment favorite, led a field of candidates.
And in Florida, Republican Curt Clawson, a businessman and former college basketball player, easily won a special election in the 19th Congressional District to succeed former Rep. Trey Radel (R-Fla.), who resigned after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge.