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2010 elections: Another incumbent falls in primary

Three states had primaries for the 2010 elections Tuesday. An incumbent lost her seat, the 'tea party' split its vote, and health-care reform took a beating.

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Rep. Jerry Moran defeated Rep. Todd Tiahrt in their bitter GOP nomination battle for the state’s open Senate seat. Congressman Tiahrt was the tea party favorite, and he had the support of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Bush White House adviser Karl Rove, and Fox News host Sean Hannity. Congressman Moran reached out to moderates as well as conservatives, and also had a geographic advantage: His home turf had more registered Republicans than Tiahrt’s. Moran is heavily favored to win in the general.


A referendum against aspects of the new federal health-care reform passed easily, 71 percent to 29 percent. The approval of Proposal C, the first statewide referendum on the reform in the country, rejected the government requirement to buy health insurance and the penalties that go with disobeying the law. The referendum is largely symbolic, as courts will determine the future of mandates, but the lopsided vote sent a warning shot at Democrats. Voter turnout in Missouri skewed heavily Republican, as voters selected their parties’ nominees for the open Senate race. The beneficiary of that enthusiasm in November is likely to be Rep. Roy Blunt (R), who will face Democrat Robin Carnahan.