Recap: The June 8 Elections

Quick rundown before I go back to studying for finals:

Carly Fiorina captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in California, and will face Barbara “call me ma’am” Boxer in November. With 98.3% of the ballots counted as of this morning, Fiorina had 56.3% of the vote, followed by Tom Campbell with 21.9% and Chuck DeVore with 19%.

Meg Whitman blew out Steve Poizner, 64.1% to 26.9%. She’ll face Jerry Brown in the Fall. Check out the RGA’s new website on Brown here.

– In the race for the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination in Arkansas, Blanche Lincoln stunned the Left by defeating Bill Halter, 52%-48%. From Politico: White House official: ‘Organized labor just flushed $10 million down the toilet’

– Nevada Republicans gambled a bit by nominating the Tea Party candidate, Sharron Angle. She actually trounced Sue Lowden and Danny Tarkanian, winning 40.1% of the vote to Lowden’s 26.1% and Tarkanian’s 23.3%. All of the candidates were flawed, but the reason I wasn’t ever thrilled about the prospect of an Angle win was because she was the candidate who Harry Reid wanted to face in November (another story on that from the LAT here). Well, he got his wish…

Nikki Haley wasn’t able to avoid a runoff in the GOP race for South Carolina governor, but she came darn close. She captured 48.9% of the vote to Gresham Barrett’s 21.8%. We’ll see if Barrett does the sensible thing and drops out, thus saving everyone’s time and money.

– We are thisclose to seeing the first black Republican in Congress since 2003, when J.C. Watts retired. Tim Scott is running for Congress in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district and finished in first place last night with 31.5% of the vote. He’ll face a runoff with Paul Thurmond on June 22nd, and if he can win that, he’ll likely go on to win in November in the heavily Republican district.

Michael Barone talked about both Haley and Scott in his post-election blog post published this morning:

Interestingly, Haley is the daughter of Sikh immigrants from India. If elected governor she would be the second Republican governor of a Southern state, after Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, to be the child of immigrants from South Asia. Who’d a thunk it?

And when you’re putting your mind around that, consider that the leader in the Republican primary for the open South Carolina 1 seat relinquished by retiree Henry Brown is Tim Scott, who may be the most conservative and assuredly is the only black Republican in the South Carolina legislature. He led Paul Thurmond, son of the late Governor and Senator Strom Thurmond, by a 31%-16% margin.

I’m ecstatic about the prospect of more racial diversity in the party. Of course, we on the Right focus on principles above everything else (race, sex, class, etc.), but if we’re electing strong, principled, and minority candidates to Congress, then that’s awesome.

By the way, I don’t think Tim Scott is going to be the only black Republican going to Congress this November. There are a few others who have very solid chances to win as well.

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