Special Elections, Primaries – PA, KY, AR, AZ

One more note on PA-12, Politico had a piece yesterday that the elections would determine who still had the juice, the influence so to speak. Well, clearly it is NOT Obama.

You know who campaigned for Critz? Big Dawg that’s who.

The Dems who still have influence with the blue collar workers are NOT the Obama wing, it is the Clinton wing still kickin’. DLC baby. But don’t worry Obama Critters, you have Barack in the Fall, lol.

Former President Bill Clinton sought to soothe the concerns of discontented voters in a tight special election race to replace the late Rep. John Murtha, stressing it was the Democratic nominee who could best bring more jobs to the blue-collar district.Candidate Mark Critz, a top Murtha aide, hopes to parlay an appearance Sunday at the half-hour rally with Clinton into more votes at the polls Tuesday as the campaign against Republican businessman Tim Burns draws to a close…..

AZ Morning After Update: Gov Brewer wins another one. She said we couldnt talk corporate tax cuts until we raised the sales tax, hopefully she will cut corp taxes now to bring jobs.

Arizonans will pay an extra penny per dollar in sales tax for the next three years after voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition 100, infusing the state with much-needed cash and giving Gov. Jan Brewer a victory she’s spent 14 months fighting for.

The proposition passed 64-36, a margin no doubt helped by a $2.2 million effort by campaign committees.

MiM here the Axe the Tax Campaign raised, wait for it, $1200.00 to fight the tax, poor bastards. Pro tax advocates including Teachers Unions had over 2 million.

The vote preserves nearly $900 million in state spending on education, public safety, health care and other government sectors that would have been automatically cut if Prop. 100 had failed.

A broad coalition of education, business and other groups comprised the Yes on 100 effort, but the election results were likely sweetest for Brewer, who began pushing for a temporary sales tax increase in March 2009, less than two months after taking office amid the worst budget crisis in state history.

“Arizonans have spoken today. They told us they understood the depth of the financial crisis in Arizona. And they told us they understood doing the right thing almost always means doing the hard thing. And today, they did the hard thing,” a visibly emotional Brewer said at the Yes on 100 victory party in central Phoenix. “I never doubted that we had it in us.”….

AR- Blanche Lincoln goes to a runoff with lefty funded Lt Gov Halter, as the three way race prevented her from getting the 50% she needed.

Update: 10:34pm EST: PA-12 Burns conceded to Critz- in the immortal words of Jim Steinman and Meatloaf, 2 out of 3 aint bad..

Update: 10:14– Yep Bret Baier announcing the win for Sestak. 10:13 pm EST: Cavuto says they called it for Sestak waiting for headline to cross..

Update: 9:46pm EST, Lookee actual pundit-types agree:

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Cook Report doesnt call elections, but if we did, I’d have enough data to call #PASEN Dem nod for Joe Sestak /via @Dave_Wasserman

Update 4: 9:32 pm EST: Politico banner shows PA- 29.8% precincts in and Arlen 50.3 to Sestak 49.7%. Ed Rendell just said on Hannity Philly was reporting first. Arlen is toast if he is pulling even in the cities…

Update: RANDslide! They haven’t called it yet but they should… Just called it 7:48pmEST

Update 3: Politico Ticker on  top of their front page is beginning to show results coming in…

KY 16.4% precincts in, Paul ahead 52.8% to Grayson’s 34.2%

Update 2: ABC has ‘real-time’ results here

KY polls close first IIRC, ABC KY results coming in here

Reports have super light turnout across PA in the rain, bad news for snarlin Arlen…

Update: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will have early returns and ongoing coverage here beginning this afternoon

Moe Lane sums up the Special in PA-12:

There is a special election today between Tim Burns and Mark Critz. The Republican candidate is fighting a two-to-one registration advantage, a contested primary on the other side scheduled to boost the other side’s turnout, and a media environment that will grudgingly score a Republican win while eagerly waiting to score a Republican loss – but he’s still (barely) ahead anyway. So now is the time to finish the job.

And remember: there is a primary and a special election today. So, if you can vote in PA-12, you have to vote twice. If you’re entitled to a Republican ballot, you should vote as you please in the primary… but Republicans will be voting for Tim Burns in the special.

PA Dem Senate Primary- latest polls courtesy of Neil Stevens:

Two polls on the Senate Primary for the Democrats. Qunnipiac University out today shows Sestak slightly ahead at 42-41 (MoE 3.2), and Muhlenberg/Morning Call from yesterday reads a 44-44 tie. If any race is too close to call, this is it.

I am rooting for Sestak there, I think he is a good guy, but that may be my ‘Demness’ relapsing..but c’mon Specter has to go…and how crxppy for Team O to support the former R, c’mon…

KY – GOP Primary – hand picked Trey Grayson vs Tea Party supported Rand Paul. I say let the people pick the candidate, not the leadership.

Arkansas Dem Primary– Blanche Lincoln v Lt Gov Halter- Blanche is an actual moderate and Halter is funded by the left, FDL etc, to try and remove her. I think Blanche holds it and goes down in November to the GOP.

AZ- Special Election to ‘temporarily’ raise our sales tax for 3 years so the state legislature can avoid cuts. I already sent in my mail in ballot. The 15 robocalls from various educational groups made me grit my teeth (5 yrs ago I wouldve been MAKING the damn calls, heh). CUT THE BUDGET.

(PS Gold is getting hammered, down $13 for anyone who was looking for an entry point $1214 an oz)

May 18, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Economy, Healthcare, Obama Administration, Politics, Popular Culture, TARP, Taxes.

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