Tea Party Candidates, Women Roar in Primary Election Night

Shown here are California GOP Senate nominee Carly Fiorinia, left, and Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle. (AP Photos)

The primary elections Tuesday amounted to a night of messages — from the Tea Party, from female candidates and for the Democrats.

With hundreds of primaries held across 11 states, a number of candidates made history while others pulled out come-from-behind wins. The elections helped set the stage for a November general election in which incumbents are girding for a series of hard-fought battles.

In California, the Republican Party has placed two women at the top of its ticket for the first time, nominating former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina for Senate and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman for governor.

Fiorina told Fox News on Wednesday that she’s been “itching” for the general election fight against incumbent Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer for a while.

“It really feels great to be here on Wednesday morning and able to take her on … As of today, game on, Barbara,” she said.

State Rep. Nikki Haley moved a step closer to her goal of becoming South Carolina’s first female governor, advancing into a runoff with her top competitor. After a bruising primary in which two men claimed they had affairs with her, Haley blew away her competition with 49 percent of the vote; she was forced into a runoff with Rep. Gresham Barrett, who won 22 percent, only because she did not clear the 50-percent threshold.

The big save of the night came in Arkansas, where Sen. Blanche Lincoln defied expectations by beating Democratic primary challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in a runoff. She moves on to a tough general election battle for her seat.

And in Nevada, Tea Party-backed candidate Sharron Angle claimed a decisive victory after surging in the polls against a more established GOP competitor in the final weeks of the race.

Angle took 40 percent of the vote to 26 percent for Sue Lowden, a former state GOP chairwoman. Businessman Danny Tarkanian won 23 percent.

Angle will face off against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the fall. Though polls have shown Reid’s popularity at rock-bottom levels, Democrats are overjoyed that Angle won, saying her conservative stances on the issues are far outside the mainstream

Angle, in her victory speech, thanked the Tea Party for its support
and promised Reid a tough race.

“We are going to dump Harry Reid on Nov. 2,” she said.

Other top Democrats are in for a challenging contest in November following the results of Tuesday’s elections.

While Boxer will face off against Fiorina, former Gov. Jerry Brown, seeking to reclaim his old job, is poised to battle Whitman.

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ROB FISHER LAUNCHES TV CAMPAIGN

(Salisbury) – Republican entrepreneur and Eastern Shore native Rob Fisher today announced the launch of the first television ads in the campaign for Maryland’s 1st District Congressional seat.

“Over the last few months, I have met hundreds of Marylanders and I’m very excited by the strong encouragement I have received so far,” said Fisher. “Our media strategy combined with our grassroots outreach will strongly increase First District voters’ awareness that they finally have a choice: Instead of another career politician, they can send a Representative to Congress with real-world experience who will put people ahead of party and help lead our country back to prosperity.”

The initial ad begins airing Wednesday June 9 and highlights Fisher’s business experience and the need to change the way things are done in Washington. It is the first in a series of ads that will run through the Republican primary on September 14.

“Voters need to know there is an alternative to politics as usual in this election,” said Fisher. “First District residents want a representative who will put Maryland first and work to solve our problems, instead of blindly following Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats as they push our economy off a cliff with job-killing programs and runaway spending.”

The ad will also be available on the campaign’s website, www.robfisherforcongress.com beginning June 9.

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Rob Fisher to Run For Congress

(Salisbury) Republican Rob Fisher today announced he will run for Congress in Maryland’s First District after submitting a Statement of Candidacy to the Federal Elections Commission (FEC). A small businessman, veteran and Eastern Shore native, Fisher is looking to bring real leadership to Congress that puts the needs of Maryland residents first.

“At a time when the people of the First District are struggling to make ends meet, Congress is more concerned with forcing job-killing legislation down the throats of taxpayers instead of helping lead us through these turbulent economic times,” said Fisher. “Maryland deserves a representative with real-world experience who will put people ahead of party and bring an entrepreneurial spirit to Congress. I pledge to be a tireless advocate for my constituents and make job creation my first priority.”

A serial entrepreneur who has run several successful small businesses in the First District and the Capitol Region, Fisher knows first-hand the challenges faced by small businesspeople and the barriers to success that have been championed by Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats. Fisher’s current company, Secure Infrastructure Solutions — a Cyber Security firm helping to safeguard America’s National Security assets — has been able to grow and expand despite the terrible economic conditions of the past two years.

“My company has grown in spite of Congress, not because of it,” said Fisher. “Small businesses need government to be their loudest cheerleader, not their biggest detractor.”

Fisher will run an issues-based, grassroots campaign that will focus on the needs of the residents of the First District. His campaign will be opening offices on the Eastern Shore, Anne Arundel County and the Baltimore area.

“The First District needs a Congressman who will put Maryland first,” said Fisher. “Career politicians have had their chance. It’s time for Congress to show real leadership, listen to the people’s concerns and find innovative solutions to our country’s problems.”

Mr. Fishers office number is 443-859-3342.

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Angry Electorate Roars at Washington, Hands Setbacks to Establishment Candidates

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One by one, the incumbents or establishment-backed candidates in Tuesday’s slate of high-stake contests fell or fell short.

If Tuesday’s primaries were any indication, incumbents and establishment-backed candidates in November should be shaking in their boots.

In Kentucky, Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who was backed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and former Vice President Dick Cheney, was soundly defeated by Tea Party favorite Rand Paul. In Pennsylvania, five-term Sen. Arlen Specter, who ditched the Republican Party last year to save his career, ended up being sent into retirement
anyway by Rep. Joe Sestak in the Democratic primary.

And in Arkansas, Sen. Blanche Lincoln was forced into a runoff against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter after she failed to win the majority of votes in the Democratic primary.

Taken together, the results of Tuesday’s races sent a clear message to Washington that the anti-incumbent wave that has gripped the nation over the past year isn’t losing steam.

Tuesday’s results come in a month when Democratic Rep. Alan Mollohan of West Virginia fell in a primary to an opponent who highlighted ethic issues and Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah was denied a spot on the ballot at a Utah Republican convention.

The latest primaries were closely watched for clues to how angry the electorate is about a weak economy, record-high deficits, two ongoing wars and a Washington environment that critics say favors rhetoric over results.

If recent elections highlight an undercurrent of voter anger, it remains to be seen how that anger will affect November’s midterm elections, when Republicans will challenge Democrats for control of both chambers in Congress.

Yet one thing seems certain — these are uncertain times for career politicians.

“I’m against the establishment. They’re all crooked, unreliable and selfish for power,” said Bill Osburn, 79, a military retiree from Murray, Ky., who helped tea party favorite Rand Paul win the Senate GOP nomination. “We need citizen representatives, not political politicians.”

Paul, a political novice, defeated Grayson in an early test of the so-called Tea Party, a loose affiliation of disaffected voters — mostly conservatives.

“It cannot be overstated that people want something new,” Paul said, “They don’t want the same old, same old politicians and I think they think the system is broken and needs new blood.”

The same could be said in Pennsylvania after 80-year-old Specter lost his bid for a sixth term. His rival for the Democratic Senate nomination accused party leaders of trying to foist Specter on Pennsylvania voters.

“My party’s establishment got off track,” Sestak told USA Today before the election.

In Arkansas, Lincoln didn’t do well enough Tuesday to avoid a June 8 runoff against Halter. Her 17-year career in Congress is now at risk.

“Voters are so angry they are throwing plates,” said Democratic consultant Dane Strother.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.