While no race has been quite as exciting or will be so controversial as Senator Thad Cochran’s primary victory in Mississippi, there were a number of interesting federal elections going on across the nation tonight. The more newsworthy ones:
To win the gubernatorial nomination, Bob Beauprez triumphed over a number of challengers tonight, most prominently former congressman Tom Tancredo. Beauprez won 30 percent of the vote, to Tancredo’s 27 percent (two other candidates scored around a fifth of the vote). Beauprez, a former congressman who lost the 2006 governor’s race, has looked competitive against the state’s incumbent Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper.
Elise Stefanik, who worked on Paul Ryan’s vice-presidential campaign staff and in the Bush White House, won the nomination in the 21st congressional district, in the Albany area, defeating a Republican foe for an open seat that the Cook Political Report ranks as a “Democratic toss-up.” Stefanik, at 29, could be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress.
The controversial Harlem Democrat Charlie Rangel barely held onto the nomination he’s gotten for the past 22 terms, beating out New York state senator Adriano Espaillat 47–44. (Fun fact: Ask Mike Potemra how he voted.)
Richard Hanna, a relatively moderate incumbent Republican, survived — by just six points — a challenge from Claudia Tenney, a New York state-house member who received support from Rick Santorum and a number of other national conservative figures.
Representative James Lankford beat state senator T. W. Shannon handily, 57 percent to 34, for the Republican nod to run for the seat that Senator Tom Coburn will empty. Read Joel Gehkre’s recent reporting for more on this race.