First on CNN: Graham opponent has impressive fundraising haul
April 8th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
1 week ago

First on CNN: Graham opponent has impressive fundraising haul

Washington (CNN) – Could Sen. Lindsey Graham finally have a credible primary challenger in South Carolina?

Det Bowers, a politically-connected Columbia pastor, collected over $417,000 in the two months since he made a late entry into the GOP Senate primary in February, a source close to the first-time candidate told CNN.

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Filed under: 2014 • Lindsey Graham • Senate • Senate Primaries • Senate Republicans • South Carolina
March 10th, 2014
12:20 PM ET
1 month ago

Tea Party pushes back against McConnell

(CNN) - The leaders of some national tea party groups aren't taking kindly to tough talk by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The top Senate Republican, who's running for re-election this year, said over the weekend that he's not concerned about facing a tea party supported primary challenger back home in Kentucky.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kentucky • Mitch McConnell • Senate Primaries • Senate Republicans • Tea Party
Mack wins Senate primary race in Florida
August 15th, 2012
07:15 AM ET
2 years ago

Mack wins Senate primary race in Florida

(CNN) - Florida Rep. Connie Mack won Tuesday's Republican primary in Florida over other Republicans seeking to challenge Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson.

Mack's main opponents–former Rep. Dave Weldon and retired Army Col. Mike McCalister–conceded.
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Filed under: Connie Mack • Florida • Senate Primaries
Thompson wins GOP Senate primary in Wisconsin
August 15th, 2012
07:08 AM ET
2 years ago

Thompson wins GOP Senate primary in Wisconsin

(CNN) – Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson won Tuesday's Republican primary for a U.S. Senate seat in the state.

Thompson's main opponents–businessman Eric Hovde and former Rep. Mark Neumann–conceded after the results came in.
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Filed under: Senate Primaries • Tea Party • Tommy Thompson • Wisconsin
August 24th, 2010
05:22 PM ET
4 years ago

Arizona primary: McCain avoids questions, Hayworth throws final punches

Phoenix (CNN) – On primary day in Arizona, Republican Senator John McCain seemed a man of few words considering his front runner status. Joined by his wife, Cindy, who was wearing a leopard print suit, McCain voted at Phoenix's Madison Camelview Elementary School shortly after 9 a.m. MST. He chatted briefly with school kids and their parents then gave 21 seconds of remarks to the gathered press before refusing to take questions.

The candidate, seeking a 5th term as a U.S. Senator from Arizona, told gathered media: "We're looking forward to a good turnout today and there's already been a lot of early voting. We're confident we're going to win but obviously it isn't over till it's over."

McCain joked about the weather, and promised to "take nothing for granted." As he started to walk away, CNN asked him to respond to his opponent's charge that he'll move to the left if re-elected. The candidate smiled and kept on walking.

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Filed under: 2010 • Arizona • John McCain • Senate Primaries
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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Filed under: John McCain • Senate Primaries
August 17th, 2010
07:53 AM ET
4 years ago

Races in Washington state, Wyoming top Tuesday's primaries

 Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi is expected to emerge victorious from his primary Tuesday in Washington state.
Republican Senate candidate Dino Rossi is expected to emerge victorious from his primary Tuesday in Washington state.

(CNN) - Voters in Washington state and Wyoming hold primaries Tuesday, with the Senate contest in Washington and a battle for the open Wyoming governor's seat the most closely watched races of the day.

In Washington, Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and Republican candidate Dino Rossi are expected to emerge from a crowded primary field, setting up a November showdown. Under the state's system, the two candidates who receive the most votes regardless of party affiliation move on to the general election. Voting has been underway for two weeks, with Washington primarily a mail-in ballot state.

In many ways, Murray and Rossi have already begun their general election campaigns, focusing their attacks on each other. Polls show a close race in the fall if they both advance.


Filed under: Senate Primaries • Washington • Wyoming
May 17th, 2010
10:58 AM ET
4 years ago

Primaries put incumbents on the line

Tuesday's primary contests will put the nation's anti-Washington mood to the test as voters choose between incumbents and anti-establishment candidates.
Tuesday's primary contests will put the nation's anti-Washington mood to the test as voters choose between incumbents and anti-establishment candidates.

(CNN) - Tuesday's primary contests will put the nation's anti-Washington mood to the test as voters choose between incumbents and anti-establishment candidates.

The races come in the wake of some tough blows to sitting lawmakers: Sen. Bob Bennett, a three-term senator, failed to advance at the Utah GOP convention, and Rep. Alan Mollohan didn't win over fellow Democrats in last week's West Virginia primary.

Leaders of both parties agree - it's a tough year for experienced politicians.

"There is no question. There is, at this moment, an anti-incumbent mood," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California. And House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, warned, "It's 'politicians beware.' "

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Filed under: Congress • Senate Primaries