August 24th, 2010
07:47 AM ET
4 years ago

Big bucks, ugly battles dominate Tuesday primaries

Sen. John McCain has faced a difficult primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.
Sen. John McCain has faced a difficult primary challenge from former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

(CNN) – As voters in five states go to the polls on Tuesday, big-dollar challenges to veteran politicians dominate the top races.

The big storylines: Two billionaire political newcomers spent millions of their own money to try to pull upsets in Florida, Arizona Sen. John McCain is expected to fend off the biggest Republican primary challenge of his Senate career and a little-known Tea Party candidate is taking on an incumbent senator in Alaska.

Voters will also pick the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in a wide-open Vermont race, and decide the runoff winners in two Oklahoma Republican primaries.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Let me get this straight,

    Wealthy elected officials convince US citizens that being a dem or repub is the only way to manage properly.
    Then the wealthy candidates do not use their own wealth to get elected instead they use the "citizen's" campain contributions to get elected, then institute tax breaks for the wealthy(themselves) then they tell citizens that they need to write to their senators to help keep the bush tax cust from expiring so the economy(wealthy) retain their wealth.

    Americans are such sheep. To control Rome you needed to control the mob. The majority of Americans are in the mob and easily led.

    August 24, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  2. Peace

    If McCain wins, the media must feel ashamed. They tried to write him off even before he started his campaign! He was forced to ask a bit of help from the queen of Alaska when it was not necessary.
    Good, people are not always buying what the media sells to them.

    August 24, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  3. Sue

    This man would sell his Soul to the Devil if it meant getting the votes he needs to win.....good thing he has a rich wife to buy this election for him....but it really turns out to be the people of AZ. fault for believing this fool who has changed on every issue ...... you people are the ones voting, so if you give this election to him it's your own fault

    August 24, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  4. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    This fall vote "No to incumbents"

    Fire All incumbents!

    This goes double for John McCain! He has had 40 years to try and represent the people and he chooses instead to represent himself and the global corportations first.

    The time to clean up both The House and 1/3 the Senate is upon us. Don't vote for the party! It is time the people sent a message to Washington DC we reject politics as usual.
    Fire All incumbents!
    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall no matter what party they belong to, and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.
    This November tell Congress "You Are Fired!"

    August 24, 2010 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    And this is the guy who was supposed to beat Barack Obama? Thanks for unleashing Palin on us Johnny!

    August 24, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. PJ States

    Be sure to vote Republican today if you are in a primary election state. Just look what has happened to our country in these two years since Obama and his foolish democrats have run over our country. You can be sure if we don't go back to our roots and a more conservative government, we won't recognize this country in just a few years. The government will be printing money just to bail out each and every one of us; we will owe our entire incomes to Obama's socialist schemes, and we will all be bowing at the throne of Obama and the federal government like slaves.

    August 24, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  7. U.S. Common Sense

    And we're suppose to accept whatever they say at face value?

    August 24, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |