Sen. Thad Cochran could not have won the Mississippi Republican primary without thousands of black voters, mostly Democrats, in an open primary. Opponent Chris McDaniel is steamed, but others may learn a lesson.
With about 2,800 absentee ballots yet to be counted, US Rep. Charlie Rangel appears to have eked out yet another close victory in a district that is now majority Hispanic. His chief opponent has yet to concede.
Sen. Thad Cochran (R) of Mississippi prevailed Tuesday in the GOP primary against tea party challenger Chris McDaniel. He pulled off the upset with help from black Democratic voters and GOP establishment figures.
Charlie Rangel is a new man on the campaign trail – energetic and everywhere as he pursues one last run for Congress. Tuesday's vote will tell if it's enough to overcome an image of a once-censured, tired, Capitol Hill insider.
Sen. Thad Cochran is facing a tight runoff Tuesday in the Republican primary with the tea party-backed Chris McDaniel. Looking for an edge, he's appealing to African-American voters. It's a tactic that has raised eyebrows.
The pacification of the tea party movement had settled into conventional wisdom in the 2014 campaign season. An outsize victory by unknown David Brat over Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 House Republican, upends that view.
A better test of California's two big political reforms – an 'open' primary system and citizen-led redistricting – will come in November. But Tuesday's primaries yielded more competitive races and more candidates seeking middle ground, reformers say.
Joni Ernest won the Republican primary for US Senate in Iowa and now has a chance to take a Democratic-held seat. With viral Internet ads, a compelling story, and good shooting aim, she's united the tea party and GOP establishment behind her.
Tea party Republican Chris McDaniel barely leads Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi primary, with the race perhaps heading to a June 24 runoff. If Mr. McDaniel wins, Democrats hope he could implode like other tea party candidates have.
Political newcomer David Perdue was top vote-getter in Tuesday's GOP primary for the US Senate seat in Georgia. Neither he nor Rep. Jack Kingston, who also advances to the July 22 runoff, is an insurgent Republican.
In a handful of states, including Georgia, Democratic Senate candidates are counting on black voters to turn out big time to help them win. But signs are that enthusiasm for Democrats has been slipping among African-Americans.