Wednesday, May 26, 2010

May Elections

There have been a number of important elections in May, below is the run down of results in all the gubernatorial and senate races.

Arkansas: Governor – Beebe (D), Keet (R); Senate – Runoff between Lincoln and Halter (D), Boozma (R)

Pennsylvania: Senate – Sestak (D), Toomey (R); Governor Onorato (D), Corbett (R)

Kentucky: Senate – Conway (D), Paul (R)

Oregon: Governor – Kitzhaber (D), Dudley (R)

Nebraska: Governor – Lakes (D); Heineman (R)

Indiana: Senate – Coats (R), no Democrat filed

Ohio: Governor – Strickland (D), Kasich (R); Senate – Fisher (D), Portman (R)

North Carolina: Senate – Runoff between Marshall (D) and Cunningham (D), Burr (R)

A few elections of note were the elections in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, as well as the House race for Pennsylvania’s 12th district. In KY, Republican Rand Paul beat the GOP candidate, Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Paul is backed by the Tea Party and made the following remark upon his victory: “I have a message, a message from the tea party, a message that is loud and clear and does not mince words: We have come to take our government back.”

In PA, Congressman Joe Sestak (D) beat 5-term incumbent Senator Arien Specter in the Senate primary. In addition, Mark Critz (D) beat Tim Burns (R) by 53 percent of the vote for Murtha’s seat in PA’s 12th district. Critz took the seat of long time Rep. John Murtha in the special election. This district has become increasingly conservative, making this an important win for Democrats.

-Sophie Mettler-Grove, Smith Dems Co-VP