Primary night: Good for Democrats?

posted at 10:41 am on August 8, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Primaries held in four states delivered good news for Democrats, according to National Journal’s Josh Kraushaar.  Even in Missouri, where Senator Claire McCaskill trailed all three of her potential Republican challengers in head-to-head polls, Democrats got the GOP opponent they wanted:

Last night’s primaries in Michigan, Missouri, Washington state and Kansas couldn’t have gone much better for Democrats.

The party saw Republicans nominate their weakest candidate against Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, who spent her own campaign money in order to affect the outcome of the primary. They saw Republicans tap a reindeer-farming Santa Claus with controversial views to run for the suburban Detroit seat recently held by Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, R-Mich. And in a promising gubernatorial pickup opportunity for the GOP in Washington state, the first round of balloting showed Democrats still hold some fundamental advantages in a traditionally Democratic state.

The biggest news came out of Missouri, where GOP Rep. Todd Akin came from behind against self-funded businessman John Brunner and former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman, two candidates who Republican party officials viewed as more formidable challengers against McCaskill. Akin, as a longtime member of Congress and ardent social conservative, holds vulnerabilities that McCaskill is hoping to exploit. With the self-funding Brunner as the nominee, Republicans likely wouldn’t have had to spend money to hold onto the seat. With Akin, Republicans are very confident about their prospects – a recent poll showed him leading McCaskill by five points — but they’ll need to expend resources against the freshman senator.

Kraushaar’s incorrect about Republicans’ need to “hold onto the seat,” because it’s currently occupied by Democrat Senator McCaskill; it’s the Democrats who need to hold the seat.  Even if one assumes that Akin is the weakest of the three in a general election, that’s still going to be a tall order.  He beat Brunner’s self-financed campaign, and Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Sarah Steelman.  If McCaskill as an incumbent couldn’t outpoll Akin as one of three potential challengers in statewide surveys before the primary, chances will be slim that she can outpoll him after Republicans unite behind Akin.

It’s the Democrats who will have to dump a ton of money into Missouri, and that probably won’t be enough.  Akin won without having personal or party resources against two better-funded opponents, and it looks like he knows how to succeed in those circumstances.

In Kansas, meanwhile, USA Today has a much different take on the state senate fight:

The Kansas primary was defined by a fight between the state GOP’s conservative wing and its more moderate elements. Conservative Republican challengers had unseated six GOP moderates in the Kansas Senate and led two others, improving their chances of reshaping the Legislature and ending a check on the political right’s agenda.

In Michigan, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra withstood a late Tea Party challenge to win the Senate nomination — and got an endorsement from his opponent late last night:

Former Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s closest competitor in Michigan’s GOP Senate primary conceded Tuesday evening, and called on his supporters to unite behind Hoekstra, a former nine-term congressman.

Hoekstra was up against attorney Clark Durant in the GOP race. On Tuesday, Durant told his followers they must “unite behind candidates who will focus on the solutions to our record debt and spending crisis which effects every man, woman and child in Michigan.”

“This November, that candidate will be Pete Hoekstra and we should unite behind him,” Durant continued.

Hoekstra will face off against Debbie Stabenow.  That will be a tough slog in Democrat-heavy Michigan, but Mitt Romney’s presence at the top of the ticket may give him a boost.  Romney has polled close to Obama in the state, an indication that the economy will be a big issue up and down the ticket.

I’m not seeing how last night’s results represent Democrats “running the table,” as Kraushaar puts it.  They did do pretty well in some aspects, but their prospects in Senate races hardly improved.

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Really, Missouri? Good going.

Red Cloud on August 8, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Demorats could have nominated the entire command level of Code Pink and the media lickspittles would thinks it was a victory of epic proportions.

Bishop on August 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

National Journal leans left. I’ve read their online crap. Skews to the D.

msupertas on August 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Todd Akin leading McCaskill by 5 before he clinched the nomination and the base unites behind him is good news for Dems? Man, are they grasping for straws.

Doughboy on August 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

If McCaskill as an incumbent couldn’t outpoll Akin as one of three potential challengers in statewide surveys before the primary, chances will be slim that she can outpoll him after Republicans unite behind Akin.

Anyone got a rundown on his opponents’ concessions? Did they indeed “unite behind Akin”?

Lost in Jersey on August 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I don’t see any possible way McCaskill gets re-elected.

She won in a fluke six years ago and has proven herself to be a total and complete embarassment since then.

I think the only reason that the national Dems let her run again was that they figured a rich woman like her could handle her own fundraising instead of requiring a ton of help from the DNC.

teke184 on August 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Demorats could have nominated the entire command level of Code Pink.

Bishop on August 8, 2012 at 10:45 AM

So wait. You’re saying they didn’t?

Lost in Jersey on August 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Are you joking? A cardboard cutout could run against McCasket and she’s still toast in November.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on August 8, 2012 at 10:49 AM

We don’t get much Missouri coverage down here but the word I heard is Akin is the most conservative of the group. Can somebody fill us in?

Looks like Kansas GOP is trending more conservative. Plus there.

Michigan GOP looks united. Plus.

Washington’s a wash from what I see here so far.

DanMan on August 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

For the people bashing Missouri Republicans: McCaskill ran a stealth ad praising Akin as “the only true conservative,” and the primary voters bought it. Draw your own conclusions from there. Also, why didn’t Palin’s “golden touch” carry the day?

As for Hoekstra’s victory in Michigan, I just hope he can rebound from his criminally stupid Super Bowl ad and win somehow. But I’m not really holding my breath.

KingGold on August 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Read the comments over there. Even National Journal’s left-leaning readers aren’t buying this guy’s pitiful democrat spin. “No, really! I love poop ice cream! Give me more!”

Rational Thought on August 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

So let me get this straight. Voters elected the ‘weakest’ candidate? That is nonsense by definition. Typical Liberal logic.

mouell on August 8, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I have family in Mo-including a nephew who cast his first vote last night(he’s 2 months younger than Spawn)-and I’m gonna get their take on this. It wouldn’t surprise me if all 3 of them went for Akin.

annoyinglittletwerp on August 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Is Missouri becoming this years Nevada, where Republicans nominated the one person that will have trouble against a vulnerable Democrat?

milcus on August 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

“As Claire McCaskill looks on adoringly in the background.”

vityas on August 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I live in Missouri. Akin has a rock solid voting record. He voted against TARP, twice. Voted against the bailouts. When RINOS are pushing bad legislation in DC he has consistently been a reliable NO vote. The closest to being a RINO he has come is the occasional earmark. The reason why Akin won with limited resources compared to his opponents was his voting record.

Brunner, you could never tell by his speeches and ads if he really knew who the enemy was. He came across to me as one of these naive fools who goes to Washington thinking we can cut a deal. His ads never focused on the ideological left.

Steeleman? I’ll tell you why she lost. Her husband is a trial attorney and she opposed TORT reform in the past. Fought against it hard. A lot of conservatives who demand TORT reform with any health care legislation did not vote for her because of this. She also was not a very good public speaker which didn’t help her cause.

JB-STLMO on August 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

So if the dems got exactly who they wanted…and if they lose, than that means the dems were really, really bad…right?
No, it will be some space anomaly that hypnotized people to vote Republican.

right2bright on August 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Todd Akin leading McCaskill by 5 before he clinched the nomination and the base unites behind him is good news for Dems? Man, are they grasping for straws.

Doughboy on August 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Sharron Angle led Harry Reid by five or more until just before the election. Don’t ever underestimate a poor candidate’s capacity to shoot himself in the foot.

KingGold on August 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

McCaskill ran a stealth ad praising Akin as “the only true conservative,” and the primary voters bought it.

rhut-roh, still gotta be better than the school marm though

DanMan on August 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Run the table, I love how its assumed status quo equals victory.

rob verdi on August 8, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Couldn’t have gone much better for democrats? Did they achieve even a single victory against a republican? Wishful thinking on the part of National Journal, the newest in a long line of Obama media shills.

BKeyser on August 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Todd Akin leading McCaskill by 5 before he clinched the nomination and the base unites behind him is good news for Dems? Man, are they grasping for straws.

Doughboy on August 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I have friends and family in Missouri (Missouri loves company) and they were split evenly between Brunner and Steelman. Now, most of them have already posted versions of “Let’s get behind Akin” on FB.

They are strongly ABC (anybody but Claire).

Fallon on August 8, 2012 at 10:55 AM

JB-STLMO on August 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Thanks for the summary.

Lost in Jersey on August 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Sharron Angle led Harry Reid by five or more until just before the election. Don’t ever underestimate a poor candidate’s capacity to shoot himself in the foot.

KingGold on August 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

So out of the three, who was your choice?

idesign on August 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Is Missouri becoming this years Nevada, where Republicans nominated the one person that will have trouble against a vulnerable Democrat?

milcus on August 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Uh, no. Missouri is redder than Nevada. McCaskill barely won in 2006 which was a banner year for Dems. And she doesn’t have the money, influence, or tenure that the Senate Majority Leader had. She’s toast.

Doughboy on August 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Wait, what? All three could be accused of having some kind of skeleton in their closets, so I fail to see how Akin (who I voted for) is the weakest of them. I don’t care what the polls say, he’s got a lead on her that’s outside the margin of error, and regardless McCaskill is extremely unpopular in this state. She’s going to lose. That’s the last time I trust National Journal.

T-Rav on August 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

She also was not a very good public speaker which didn’t help her cause.

JB-STLMO on August 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

What is it with these women (Palin included) that do not understand that speaking, working on improving their “speaking” is key.

Lady Thatcher had no problem recognizing that, and changed her speech pattern. Steelman has plenty of money, but refused to get help…it’s frustrating to listen to a whining woman with poor speaking skills, but are brilliant in other aspects.

Don’t they have a sense of history…Kennedy and Nixon debates is a good place to start…Nixon, much more brilliant, absolutely destroyed Kennedy in ever debate on points, and execution…Kennedy looked and sounded better…game over.

right2bright on August 8, 2012 at 10:57 AM

did something happen to Russ Carnahan last night??

ted c on August 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

So out of the three, who was your choice?

idesign on August 8, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Steelman, if you even give a damn what I think.

She had the balance of outside and government experience that Brunner didn’t have, and unlike Akin, she knows when the very best thing to say is nothing.

KingGold on August 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I’ll say too, that Mccaskills “smear” ads against Akin coming up to the primary actually made him look good to me and my wife. You have the standard deep-throated man over emoting about how he supports ‘extreme’ contraceptive measures (he’s pro-life), how he wants to end the dept of education and energy, etc.

Every time that ad came on I couldn’t figure out why the guy sounded so negative about all these qualities until you get to the end “I’m claire mccaskill and I approve…”

Always made me laugh.

Kelligan on August 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Let’s just hope bho gets his skinny rear to the states to help the d’s out? bho does have a way of cratering anything he gets involved in!
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letget on August 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

As a congressman, Akin opposed the national GOP on issues like NCLB and the Wall Street bailout, so I don’t see how that supposedly makes him a “weak” candidate in MO, where (like much of Middle America) Washington is frequently used as a swear word.

T-Rav on August 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Let me get this right. An establishment loss in Missouri and an establishment win in Michigan are both “good news” for the ‘Rats? Guess Hugh Hewitt isn’t the only one who believes in a single answer to the “You know who this benefits?” question.

Steve Eggleston on August 8, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Akin is no Sharron Angle. He’s been an effective campaigner for a long time and he will fight the inevitable smears and attempts to paint him as “extreme.” All he has to say is, yeah, it’s extreme to have voted against TARP and all the bailouts, it’s extreme to have opposed Obamacare while McCaskill was the deciding vote for it. He’s the BEST candidate Republicans could have nominated, because he has a real voting record that will allow him to show McCaskill is the one who is extreme and out of touch with Missouri values. She was an idiot to follow the DNC’s advice and meddle in that primary.

Michael J. Fox isn’t walking through that door for McCaskill this year.

rockmom on August 8, 2012 at 11:02 AM

JB-STLMO on August 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

thank you, KingGold does it occur to you that that McCaskill was trying to warn moderate repubs to vote against a conservative? We saw Palin back Hatch so she’s not always on target but if Steeleman is fighting tort reform that would be enough to drop her like a hot rock.

Here is Houston there is a push to use utility easements to enhance the availability of bike paths. Our bayous typically run east-west and we need some north-south connectors. Our legislature tried to get some langauge inserted to reduce liability for the utilities and guess who is stopping it? Trail lawyers association. You ought to see the scenarios they present to not allow any reduction of liability for a dang bike path.

DanMan on August 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

The best news I’ve read is Missouri is more red, lost a Democrat congressional district, Russ Carnahan had to face a Dem who’s district he got meshed with, and has been tossed.

Take that you “Obama will give us a surplus in ten years!”

Marcus on August 8, 2012 at 11:04 AM

“As Claire McCaskill looks on adoringly in the background.”

vityas on August 8, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I was thinking we need a caption contest for that pic.

“He’s SOOOOoooo dreamy!”

Bouncing Beatnik on August 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

For the people bashing Missouri Republicans: McCaskill ran a stealth ad praising Akin as “the only true conservative,” and the primary voters bought it. Draw your own conclusions from there.

KingGold on August 8, 2012 at 10:50 AM

He very well might be the most conservative candidate. The DNC did the same thing here in AZ during the 2010 election for a third party candidate running in the Gabby Giffords race. The guy was genuinely more conservative than Jesse Kelly. Wound up peeling off enough votes for Giffords to win.

In this case, they may have made the strategic decision that they could more easily demonize the most conservative candidate, particularly if he is socially conservative. That may be the only thing they’ve got. McCaskill is not exactly a rocket scientist and has nothing to run on, so going after her opponent is all she’s got.

AZfederalist on August 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Steelman, if you even give a damn what I think.

She had the balance of outside and government experience that Brunner didn’t have, and unlike Akin, she knows when the very best thing to say is nothing.

KingGold on August 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Hopefully we’re on the same side, so I just wanted an answer and you gave me one. Thanks..:)

idesign on August 8, 2012 at 11:06 AM

KingGold does it occur to you that that McCaskill was trying to warn moderate repubs to vote against a conservative?

DanMan on August 8, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Seeing as how the ad was a positive one that was clearly designed to improve Akin’s chances, no, that does not occur to me. And Missouri’s cadre of “moderate Republicans” is a shadow of what it used to be, after Talent’s victory in 2002 and Kenny Hulshof’s epic screw-up in 2008.

KingGold on August 8, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I love National Journal, but I think they ran off the rails here. Although, “best possible outcome” for Democrats could be simply damning with faint praise. I don’t think Claire McCaskill has a chance of being reelected, but the RNC/NRSC will have to spend money for him that they wouldn’t have with Brunner.

I think even pretty impartial observers like Josh Kraushaar are brainwashed with the “Tea Party Extremists” nonsense the Democrats and MSM have been pushing since 2010. They’re in DC and they really, really don’t get the Tea Party, to this day. They’re all going to be just as surprised this November as they were in 2010.

rockmom on August 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Delusional and laughable…

mnjg on August 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Kelligan on August 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

would have done it for me too, good stuff

DanMan on August 8, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I was thinking we need a caption contest for that pic.

“He’s SOOOOoooo dreamy!”

Bouncing Beatnik on August 8, 2012 at 11:05 AM

“Ya know Mr. President, Missouri is the ‘Show Me’ state. *wink wink*”

Flora Duh on August 8, 2012 at 11:10 AM

I noticed today in the Michigan primary, too, that the democrat incumbent Stabenow, who was running unopposed, only got 42% of all the votes cast for that Senate seat. This is important because while she was running unopposed, there were a number of other elections/issues on the ballot that should have brought out democrat voters. With the GOP vote being split 4 ways, Hoekstra got 398,309 to Stabenow’s 554,918 (unofficial results, State of Michigan SoS page).

Rational Thought on August 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Here in Michigan we are celebrating Pete Hoekstra’s win over attorney Clark Durant.
Durant, a goofball with a stupidly over-customized Harley as a prop, is supported by the “Tea Party”.
Pete Hoekstra however, from his time in the House, knows where all the “bodies are buried”, as it were. He is the man to take on the porkulus Senator Debbie StabItNow.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 8, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Todd Akin leading McCaskill by 5 before he clinched the nomination and the base unites behind him is good news for Dems? Man, are they grasping for straws.

Doughboy on August 8, 2012 at 10:48 AM

WORD

bob77 on August 8, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Well KingGold all I know is with Cruz/Dewhurst we had a good 8 years to get to know Dewhurst was more moderate than he tried to paint himself and people saw through it.

Some of us want some serious change in direction and Dewhurst crowing about keeping spending within “population growth and inflation” wasn’t ringing the bell when we can see the growth in regulations at every level, increased taxes disguised as user fees, accomodations for illegals not being addressed and a very tepid effort to insitute voter ID laws.

I hope Missourians will get together and send McCaskle packing. I’m betting they will.

DanMan on August 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Michigan 11 isn’t going to go to Democrats either. The “controversial views” held by Kerry Bentivolio aren’t that controversial. Basically he wants to bring home troops and put them on the border.

The big attack on him was that he was a 9-11 truther, which is absurd and came from his desperate establishment primary opponent. It’s also a new district that was made much more Republican with redistricting.

cpaulus on August 8, 2012 at 11:26 AM

I’m surprised Sarah Streelman didn’t do better yesterday. They ran the Sarah Palin endorsement of her non-stop for the past few weeks- radio and T.V..

BettyRuth on August 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

With McCaskill voting for most of Obama’s bills will doom her in November. Conyers won and no surprise. Appears to be another long line of politicans who will probably expire in office someday. Guess the folks in Michigan like him for whatever reason. What is he, 83? Hansen Clarke’s loss won’t be missed.

Amazingoly on August 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I blame Streelman’s loss on Palin’s shoes.

Buy Danish on August 8, 2012 at 11:40 AM

In Kansas, half the RINO State senators were defeated by more conservative Republicans. These were targeted by a variety of citizen groups like the vibrant local TEA parties. There was a higher turnout than normal for primaries in those specific elections.

Here in Manhattan, Kansas, activist local Democrats re-registered as Republicans to boost the moderate Republican incumbent. Did. not. happen. In a three way race, the most conservative candidate won by a landslide.

On to the General Election.
Kansas may be on the upswing, after suffering the sloughs of despond under Democratic governorships and RINO legislatures, both reinforcing failure.

NaCly dog on August 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I’m surprised Sarah Streelman didn’t do better yesterday. They ran the Sarah Palin endorsement of her non-stop for the past few weeks- radio and T.V..

BettyRuth on August 8, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Sounds like the tort reform issue may have been a real deal breaker. I wonder why Palin endorsed her with that on her resume.

a capella on August 8, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Do we really think the Show Me state got it wrong? Last year they voted 71% to repeal obamacare. When was the last time 71% agreed on anything? If there’s one state i trust to get it right, it’s big MO.

phillysfinest on August 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I’m glad Sarah Steelman lost.

Republicans that look like Barbie dolls have a nasty tendency to try and be the face of our movement. For whatever reason, they think it’s like being Homecoming Queen, and usually end up humiliating the GOP.

It’s sexist and unfair, but I’m done with the Palin/Bachmann model.
I look forward to people like Ted Cruz being the face of our Party. Politics should be less like American Idol.

The polling difference between Akin and Steelman or Brunner was something like 2 points against McCaskill, with Akin still beating McCaskill.

McCaskill is done, and Akin’s lead will only be extended by Romney’s coattails.

BradTank on August 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

This is what Claire wanted, that’s why she ran ads “against” Akin in the primary that made him sound pretty darn good to a primary voter. Still, put this one in the be careful what you wish for column because, while it may open up a slim window, she’s still a huge underdog.

She’s polling below him with relatively low name ID for Akin. She will try to position him as extreme, and herself as moderate because….earmarks. Oh, and she’s not going to the convention (!!!). Won’t matter. People aren’t going to forget she fell right in line on the big votes.

Here’s the big thing to me. St. Louis county is 20% of the state vote, and swings pretty close to 50/50. Akin represents a huge part of the county.

I’m not worried. He’ll do fine.

stldave on August 8, 2012 at 12:07 PM

McCaskill is done, and Akin’s lead will only be extended by Romney’s coattails.

BradTank on August 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

So your a Bachmann type of guy….

idesign on August 8, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Harry Reid was a guarantee loss for Nevada, how’d that work out.

DDay on August 8, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Republicans that look like Barbie dolls have a nasty tendency to try and be the face of our movement. For whatever reason, they think it’s like being Homecoming Queen

BradTank on August 8, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Turned down your invitation to the prom, didn’t she?

Flora Duh on August 8, 2012 at 12:14 PM

This is not Sharon Angle, guys. I liked Steelman, for the record. Akin has a record of social conservatism that can and will be attacked to peel off some independents, but he can articulate well and is the most polished of the 3.

stldave on August 8, 2012 at 12:16 PM

McCaskill tied her *ss to Obama’s wagon. She is going down! Akin got my vote. He is a good campaigner and his record is pretty stellar. I looked at Brunner and liked him, but I felt we needed someone who has been serving and run campaigns before to take McCaskill out. I hope Brunner doesn’t just go away, he needs to run for Akin’s seat when vacated.

JAM on August 8, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Steeleman? I’ll tell you why she lost. Her husband is a trial attorney and she opposed TORT reform in the past. Fought against it hard. A lot of conservatives who demand TORT reform with any health care legislation did not vote for her because of this. She also was not a very good public speaker which didn’t help her cause.

JB-STLMO

but she was a hot mama (grizzly), according to Palin.

williampeck1958 on August 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

but she was a hot mama (grizzly), according to Palin.

williampeck1958 on August 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Peck, peck, peck.

idesign on August 8, 2012 at 12:39 PM

What happened in Washington?

LASue on August 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM

McCaskill HAS to GO, at all costs.

She is the Blanche Lincoln of 2012. No ifs or buts of any kind, whatever it takes.

The chating witch and hypocrite and liar must be sent home, if the good people of Missouri are decent, which they are.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2012 at 12:41 PM

What happened in Washington?

LASue on August 8, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Who cares? Let them rot. They have a stupid gov. and one of the stupidest women as senator. They deserve them all. Their brais are rained out.

Schadenfreude on August 8, 2012 at 12:42 PM

As a sidebar, Sarah Steelman in photos looks a little plastic to me.

Also, Palin entered this race late – when Steelman was in
third place. I don’t know why Palin does this sometimes.
Sometimes her endorsement is too late to matter. However,
with now an 80% success rate with endorsements, I guess it
doesn’t matter. I am sure the two defeated candidates and Palin
will band together to aid in defeating the dem.

Regarding Steelman’s attorney husband and her being against
tort reform, if this is true, I can’t imagine Palin endorsing
her.

Palin must be relying on her SarahPac staff to research these
candidates and this was missed. I would fire that person, but
that is just me.

Amjean on August 8, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Akin the weakest candidate?

Granted, I haven’t been paying close attention to the race but when Brunner threw his hat in the ring, I thought, “Who?” When I heard Akin was in, I thought, “It’s his.” With Akin in the race, Steelman didn’t have a chance.

Akin hails from the St. Louis area, the heavily Republican/conservative western metro area. Mrs. Steelman may have been a prior statewide political official, but anecdotal stories about her from a couple of Republicans I know over the years were never impressive.

The guy who wrote this article is clearly wishfully thinking and dreaming.

Granted, Claire was uncontested in the primary, but she garnered less than 300k votes to the Republicans combined ~600k votes.

Same goes for the gubenatorial race. Jay Nixon and the rest of the Dems combined votes didn’t equal Spence’s nomination win, nevermind the combined Republicans running for the nomination for gubenatorial candidate.

Down the line, every statewide race, along with the US Senatorial race in Missouri shows serious promise for Republicans in Missouri in November.

US Senate, Governor, Lt. Gov., Treasurer, Sec. of State, Treasurer, Attny Gen. In each case, Republicans turned out in far greater numbers to vote in this primary then Democrats did, even in races where Democrats were primarying against each other for a particular seat.

Logus on August 8, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Is Missouri becoming this years Nevada, where Republicans nominated the one person that will have trouble against a vulnerable Democrat?

milcus on August 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Nope! Aiken knows what he’s doing. I voted for Brunner because Aiken is a little Porky and Steelman voted against tort reform. It’s Steelman’s father who is the big time attorney in our states capitol not her husband.

Aiken should win by double didgits.

Vince on August 8, 2012 at 2:19 PM

McCaskill is not just toast, but stale toast. She held town halls before Obamacare was voted on and passed. I was at one that was more than packed full of several hundred people standing room only. I’d have to say about 95% were against obamacare and all the other stuff that was passed.

She famously said, “If you don’t like how I’m voting on things and representing you, you can vote at the next election.” Everyone started to shout that, that’s exactly what they will be doing.

I’m in a county with a lot of “old dems” who are just about as conservative as I am (libertarian leaning) and won’t be voting for her. They are also racist dems who didn’t vote for Obama in ’08 and for sure won’t let anyone vote for him this time.

Oh one note about Brunner, he seemed to be a sore loser and didn’t address his crowd last night after the race was called for Akin. I think Brunner lost support in central MO, when a local FM talk radio show invited him on, and Brunner’s handlers tried to lock down the show with no caller questions and only certain questions allowed.

Akin is in the same conservative league as Rubio is. Republicans will have no problem at all supporting him.

Ronaldusmax on August 8, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Is Missouri becoming this years Nevada, where Republicans nominated the one person that will have trouble against a vulnerable Democrat?

milcus on August 8, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Your analogy is bizarre, actually MO did’t nominate a sharon angle type, who lost against Harry the Liar…but they nominated somoene more moderate, more like that Republican lady, Sue Lowden, who would have probably won in NE, it that dunce, angle hadn’t been the GOP candidate of choice, endorsed by you know who…

jimver on August 8, 2012 at 4:14 PM

‘moderate ‘ by comparison to angle, I mean…Akin is as conservative as it gets..

jimver on August 8, 2012 at 4:17 PM

NaCly dog on August 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The folks here in Johnson County KS are more moderate conservatives. And while most of our more conservative candidates around here lost, there was a very bright ray of sunshine: Jim Denning defeated Tim Owens in the KS state senate 8th district.

Owens was the main person thwarting the re-mapping of KS districts this year, trying to protect the moderate Repubs in the state senate & house. Ultimately, the redistricting had to be completed by the courts.

mdenis39 on August 8, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Ex-POLITICO writer says what..

Josh Kraushaar: what?

John Kettlewell on August 8, 2012 at 6:17 PM

that mofo has my initials…Son of a….THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!!

Johnny K. WINS!!! FATALITY

John Kettlewell on August 8, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I voted for Brunner because Akin is a little Porky and Steelman voted against tort reform

I actually voted Steelman originally, but I admit I did it with some reservations (the Gas tax issue was the one thing that bugged me about her history, Tort reform not so much, because her vote on that didn’t make much of a difference.), but it was mostly due to the fact that Akin had made a statement on our conservative/libertarian radio station about “changing the things were done in Washington” despite the fact that he is in Washington already.

That “blanket’ statement just seemed to me to be the wrong thing to say..

But outside that it’s obvious you could swap any of the three and get someone better than Her Royal Highness who thinks her stuff don’t stink McCaskill.

DaSaintFan on August 9, 2012 at 6:33 AM

In Kansas, half the nine out of thirteen targeted RINO State senators were defeated by more conservative Republicans (and we only missed #10 by 159 votes!). These were targeted by a variety of citizen groups like the vibrant local TEA parties. There was a higher turnout than normal for primaries in those specific elections.

Here in Manhattan, KS, activist local Ds re-registered as Rs to boost the moderate Republican incumbent one of the very worst screaming RINOs. Did. not. happen. In a three-way [district] race, the most conservative candidate won by a landslide.

On to the General Election. Kansas may be on the upswing, after suffering the sloughs of despond under Democratic governorships and RINO legislatures, both reinforcing failure.

NaCly dog on August 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Hey there, Salty…
Sorry to nitpick on your post, and I’m not trying to steal your thunder, but our fellow readers in the Commentariat need to see the whole story:

With all due respect for the hard-working, long-suffering Good People at Kansans for Life, Americans for Prosperity and other Conservative PACs who have been fighting the Good Fight for years, it’s the Johnny-come-lately’s of the many “chapters” of the honest-to-grassroots Kansas TEA Party movement that capitalized on all the terrific foundation-work done by those others over the years and then leveraged it all to drop a NEUTRON BOMB on the Kansas Senate…

For non-KS residents who wouldn’t be familiar, the KS Senate consists of 40 members, of whom there were 8 Ds & 32 Rs, but *13* of those Rs were actually RINOs who habitually caucused with the Ds to get 21-19 votes to block each & every bill they didn’t like for the last 4 years.

Consequently, for us to vote out *9* of those RINOs *simultaneously* means that the surviving RINOs can go right ahead and vote with the Ds all they want and it just won’t matter. The RINO Blockade of the KS Senate is officially dead.

It’s also hugely significant to note that the losing RINOs included the incumbent Senate *President*, his incumbent Senate *Vice President*, and an inordinate number of major Committee Chairmanships… all… *gone*, baby, G-O-N-E.

In fairness to bewildered readers outside Kansas, you can take comfort in the thought that our own Governor Switchback *cough* Brownback doesn’t nearly understand what just happened either. We’ll be working on that in the months ahead.

In the meanwhile, alla y’all trying to dissect the races in MI, MO & WA really really need to be asking a different question:

WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED IN KANSAS AND HOW CAN WE DUPLICATE IT IN *OUR* STATE??!!!

Oh, yeah, insiders are betting that 4 or 5 of the remaining 8 Ds are vulnerable in their Districts in November… ;-)

Okay, class dismissed… Feel free to discuss. :-)
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DeepWheat on August 9, 2012 at 9:19 AM