A runoff election for a Senate seat in Mississippi got a lot of attention last week as a tea party favorite came close to knocking off a long-term establishment Republican, but as pundits focused on the strategies employed by Sen. Thad Cochran to maintain his seat, I was more taken aback by remarks from challenger Chris McDaniel following his loss.
Primary races settled this week reflect the underlying divide in the Maryland's minority party, pitting Republicans who stand on conservative principle against those who are willing to be more pragmatic as the underdog in a blue state.
Cantor's unexpected loss to a conservative economist in Virginia's June 10 primary — despite raising nearly $5 million — has given a measure of hope to little-known candidates for Congress in Maryland, even though independent political observers say the chance of a similar upset on Tuesday remain next to nil.
The stunning primary loss of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the first ever suffered by any congressional leader of either party, may well reflect his Virginia constituents' souring toward his personal hubris more than any cosmic policy issue.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Lollar, an ordained preacher and former tea party activist, spreads a spirited message about rising above partisanship. He contends that he is the candidate best able to beat a Democrat in November.