Primary Results

Hotline On Call and Political Wire will be up late tonight updating the results of several key primaries.

Shockingly, it appears that Hillary Clinton will be re-nominated by the Democrats for her NY Senate seat.

See our Trends feed for other reports throughout the night in Arizona, Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.


Rhode Island Senate: (Republican) Chafee renominated.

Republican Sen. Lincoln D. Chafee, fueled by a furious grass-roots campaign that produced a record GOP primary voter turnout, won Senate renomination yesterday, beating back a spirited challenge from Cranston Mayor Stephen P. Laffey, the combative conservative.

On a sun-splashed late summer day, conventional Rhode Island political wisdom turned out to be correct — that a large turnout would play to the advantage of Chafee. Chafee won Warwick easily, did surprisingly well in Laffey’s backyard in Cranston and won the East Bay communities of East Providence, Bristol and Barrington by comfortable margins.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Chafee led Laffey 54.2 percent to 45.8 percent. The turnout of 63,459 smashed the record turnout for a Rhode Island GOP primary.

Maryland Senate: (Democrat) Cardin huge lead over Mfume

Maryland’s Democratic primary voters gave Baltimore Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin a commanding lead over former NAACP president Kweisi Mfume last night in the race to be the party’s candidate for U.S. Senate, but chaos at polling sites delayed final results for that and other key races.


With two-thirds of precincts reporting, Cardin had 46 percent of the vote, with Kweisi Mfume — a former House colleague of Cardin’s and also a past president of the NAACP — at 37 percent, a margin of just less than 30,000 votes. Real estate investor Josh Rales was a very distant third with 6 percent of the vote, while none of the other 14 Democrats in the race appeared to make an impact on the outcome.

Maryland 3rd CD: OPEN-Cardin (Democrat) John Sarbanes beats field

A last name that stood out even in a crowded field of well-credentialed candidates enabled attorney John Sarbanes to win Tuesday’s Democratic primary for Maryland’s 3rd Congressional District seat, which Democratic Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin left open to pursue his successful bid for the Democratic senatorial nomination. The House primary winner is the son of retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, whom Cardin is running to succeed. And that family connection was an undoubted benefit to the younger Sarbanes. Sarbanes took 32 percent of the vote to prevail over seven other Democrats in the geographically diverse and oddly shaped district, which includes parts of Baltimore, its suburbs, and Anne Arundel County, including the state capital of Annapolis.

Arizona 8th CD: OPEN (Republican) Graf over Huffman

Randy Graf, a conservative activist and former state representative, won a bruising Republican primary in Arizona’s open 8th Congressional District, despite the opposition of popular retiring Republican Rep. Jim Kolbe and much of the state and national Republican Party establishment.

With his victory over moderate state Rep. Steve Huffman by 43 percent to 37 percent in the three-candidate race, Graf enters the eight-week general election against Democratic former state Sen. Gabrielle Giffords with momentum and a base of fired-up supporters — many of them motivated by Graf’s outspoken advocacy, in a district that borders Mexico, of cracking down on illegal immigration.

DC Mayor: (Democrat) Fenty wins Democratic nomination; defacto election.

Adrian M. Fenty won the Democratic nomination for D.C. mayor last night, trouncing Linda W. Cropp in the primary for the city’s highest elected post after promising voters he would bring new energy and ideas to tackle long-standing problems. Fenty, the Ward 4 D.C. Council member, defeated Cropp, the longtime council chairman, by about 57 percent to 31 percent, with almost all precincts counted. The winners in the primary are virtually guaranteed to sweep the general election in November in the majority-Democrat city.

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