Tonight we’re liveblogging the Wisconsin recall elections as well as primaries in six states: California, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Click here for our guide to all the key primaries, and stick with us as we cover all of tonight’s interesting races.
Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:05 PM PT (jeffmd): Some good news: According to the Racine Journal Times, ex-state Sen. John Lehman (D) is up to a 550-vote lead over incumbent Sen. Van Wanggaard (R). If this holds, the Dems would regain the majority in the Wisconsin Senate.
Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:11 PM PT (Steve Singiser): Don’t tell me that money doesn’t talk—in California, the tobacco lobby may have successfully turned back an attempt to raise the tax on cigarettes by a buck a pack. It is still passing, but what was a lead of about 30,000 votes earlier is down to just 8000 votes. Out of 2.6 million cast. Can’t get much closer than that, and if the measure fails, the $ 40 million dropped in the state on negative ads will have been money well spent by the industry.
Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:17 PM PT: In SD-21, John Lehmann has declared victory and the DLCC has put out a statement congratulating him. This victory gives Democrats control of the state Senate in Wisconsin.
Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:20 PM PT (James L): Over in NM-01, with 100% reporting, Michelle Lujan Grisham has defeated Eric Griego for the Democratic nomination to succeed Martin Heinrich in the House. The final margin: 40-35, with Marty Chavez way behind at 24.
Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:25 PM PT (Steve Singiser): While reclaiming the Wisconsin state Senate is satisfying, California voters have apparently denied us our Orly Taitz fix in November. Alas, AP now projects that Republican businesswoman Elizabeth Emken will join Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein this November in the general election. Also, Kim Vann was confirmed as Rep. John Garamendi’s November opponent in CA-03.
Tue Jun 05, 2012 at 11:32 PM PT (Steve Singiser): One race that just refuses to shake itself out is the battle for the right to face Rep. Brian Bilbray (R) in CA-52. Democrat Scott Peters still holds the second slot, but by less than 500 votes over Lori Saldana.