(CNN) - In a night of many winners and more losers, Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln stood out Tuesday for successfully overcoming an aggressive, multimillion-dollar campaign by national unions and liberal interest groups who desperately sought to slap a pink slip in this Democrat's hands.
No walking papers were issued to Lincoln, who led a small group of major winners - dominated by women - to emerge from Tuesday's primaries. There was also a handful of losers, who probably woke up Wednesday morning wondering what hit them.
A snapshot of winners and losers from Tuesday's primaries:
Sen. Blanche Lincoln : Labor and liberals had hoped to make an example of Lincoln, who proved over the years that she was not always a reliable Democratic vote, certainly not so on union issues. But this double barrel of labor and liberals failed to send Lincoln to the head of the unemployment line, and she now has five months to make her case for six more years in Washington.
Her win will likely help boost the confidence of some centrist Democrats fearful of facing the wrath of the emboldened liberal activists in the Obama era. But the unions are expressing no remorse in trying to defeat a Democrat. The AFL-CIO and SEIU both issued statements proclaiming that their efforts were a success, even if they didn't win.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) - The wild battle for South Carolina's Republican gubernatorial nomination dominated the headlines on Tuesday night, but the election results also set the stage for a congressional runoff election with compelling historical overtones.
In the state's first Congressional district, South Carolina's only African-American lawmaker will face the son of former Sen. Strom Thurmond in a June 22 runoff election.
State Rep. Tim Scott, who had the backing of the anti-tax Club for Growth, won 31 percent of the vote on Tuesday in the crowded, nine-way race to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Henry Brown.
Scott is a state House member from the Charleston area and would be the first black Republican in Congress since Rep. J.C. Watts retired in 2003.
Washington (CNN) – They weren't on the ballot, but Bill Clinton and Sarah Palin are two of the biggest winners in this latest round of primaries.
The former president is being credited with helping Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas survive a Democratic Senate primary runoff Tuesday.
"President Clinton called me tonight when it was clear we were going to win and said, 'Blanche, you're the new Comeback Kid'," Lincoln said in an email to supporters.
Lincoln topped Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter 52 percent to 48 percent, after both candidates were forced into the runoff after neither broke the 50 percent mark in a three way primary contest last month.
(CNN) - Karenna Gore Schiff, the oldest daughter of former Vice President Al Gore and Tipper Gore, has separated from her husband, Dr. Andrew Schiff, after 13 years of marriage, two sources close to the former vice president tell CNN.
This news comes just a week after the former vice president and Mrs. Gore announced their own separation after 40 years of marriage.
Gore Schiff is 36 years old, a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School. She married Andrew Schiff in 1997. They have three children.
Reached by CNN, Gore Schiff declined to comment on the story.
(CNN) – Sarah Palin says its time for President Barack Obama to pick up the phone and make some calls – maybe even to her.
In her latest post on Facebook, the former Alaska governor takes aim at the president for not speaking directly with BP CEO Tony Hayward during the ongoing Gulf Coast crisis. Obama told NBC Tuesday that he has not spoken with Hayward because "when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he's gonna say all the right things to me - I'm not interested in words, I'm interested in actions."
Palin wrote that Obama's comments amount to "further proof that it bodes well to have some sort of executive experience before occupying the Oval Office," and added that the president should call experts who lived through the 1989 Exxon-Valdez oil spill in Alaska – including herself.
"We've all lived and worked through the Exxon-Valdez spill," she wrote. "They can help you. Give them a call. Or, what the heck, give me a call."
(CNN) - Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln won the Democratic primary Tuesday night, beating back a challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in this high profile contest that exposed a rift between the liberal and centrist wings of the Democratic Party.
Lincoln was targeted by national unions and liberal activists, who accused the Arkansas Democrat of turning her back on them as well as failing to support President Obama's policy goals.
The Lincoln critics found their candidate in Halter and poured millions of dollars into Arkansas. Halter officially announced his candidacy in March making the primary a sprint, not a marathon.
With the help of these outside activists, the lieutenant governor forced Lincoln into this June runoff election after she failed to receive more than 50 percent of the vote in last month's primary.
(CNN) - Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln won the Democratic primary Tuesday, beating back a challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, whose campaign was fueled by unions and liberal activists.
In Nevada, Gov. Jim Gibbons failed to convince Republicans to give him another chance at a four-year term, while a Tea Party-backed candidate won the GOP nod to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Voters in 12 states held primary elections Tuesday night, but the outcomes of two contests in South Carolina will be delayed by another two weeks. A runoff will be held on June 22 for the Republican gubernatorial nomination as well as for a GOP congressional seat in the northern part of the state.
Listen: CNN Radio runs down the primary results
The Republican gubernatorial contest captured national attention because of accusations of extramarital affairs.
The candidates are vying to succeed scandal-plagued Gov. Mark Sanford, a fellow Republican. A year after Sanford made national news for disappearing and then admitting to an affair with a woman from Argentina, allegations of infidelity surrounded state lawmaker Nikki Haley.
Los Angeles, California (CNN) – California Republicans nominated two women Tuesday to lead their political ticket in November, bringing an end to two bruising GOP primary battles for governor and Senate.
Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman easily defeated state Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination. She faces state Attorney General Jerry Brown, a former governor, in the general election.
"It has been a tough campaign, but I'm a stronger candidate tonight because of it,” she said. “I'm battle-tested now. And I'm ready to give Jerry Brown the toughest election fight he's faced in his 40 years of politics."
Whitman poured more than $71 million of her own funds into the primary race and has said she was prepared to put in as much as $150 million to win the office. Whitman ran a hard-hitting media campaign in an effort to paint Poizner as liberal, and is expected to continue this aggressive approach with Brown. He easily captured the Democratic nomination.
"To serve again would be a deep honor," said Brown, who added that he would be the best equipped to help solve the state's economic troubles.
Whitman immediately went on the attack saying that when Brown was governor, state spending and unemployment increased.
Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) – The tumultuous and nasty race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in South Carolina will continue for another two weeks after Nikki Haley narrowly avoided winning Tuesday’s four-way GOP primary outright.
Haley cruised to a commanding win but fell just short of the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff election, scheduled for June 22.
Her opponent in the two-week sprint for the nomination will be Rep. Gresham Barrett, who finished in a distant second place and was dogged throughout the race by his vote for the Wall Street bailout in 2008.
Barrett’s advisers denied rumors that he would drop out of the race and let Haley avoid a runoff. Barrett campaign manager Luke Byars said his candidate is “in it to win it.”
Las Vegas, Nevada (CNN) – A conservative Republican candidate, whose critics said was too outside the mainstream to win, has won Nevada's Republican Senate primary.
Sharron Angle beat Republican establishment favorite Sue Lowden and businessman Danny Tarkanian in a race that had grown increasingly bitter in the final days.
In the latest results, Angle won 38.6%, Lowden came in second place with 27.9% and Tarkanian placed third at 22.6%.
Angle will challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
Angle was supported by the Club for Growth, an anti-tax fiscally conservative political group, and the Tea Party Express, which vows to spend an additional $1 million or more in support of Angle to defeat Reid. The Tea Party Express says it has already spent $550,000 in support of Angle.