The first full-fledged primary night with the Republican Party establishment and its liberty-loving base going head-to-head is now in the books. And there’s no spinning it – it was a bad night for the good guys.
Check it out:
Daniel Horowitz at Red State has a good summary of what happened:
Kentucky: Horowitz notes Matt Bevin did very well in GOP strongholds in the northern part of the state, where Ditch McConnell needs a large turnout to win this fall. Thus, he is going to have to reach out to Bevin’s base. McConnell’s re-elect numbers are probably the worst for any incumbent Republican in a very pro-GOP cycle. For example, over 90,000 more people voted in Kentucky’s uncontested Democrat primary than voted in the hotly-contested Republican primary McConnell won. That is a bad sign for McConnell this fall. As is the the fact he got the lowest percentage of the vote in a primary of any Kentucky incumbent U.S. Senator since 1938.
Georgia: Horowitz points out establishment candidates David Perdue and Congressman Jack Kingston advanced to the run-off after easily spending more money than all the other primary candidates combined, and used that money to paint themselves as conservatives. For example, the pro-amnesty Chamber of Commerce came in big (millions) for Kingston despite the fact he signed FAIR’s no-amnesty pledge. So either he’s lying to the Chamber of Commerce or he’s lying to Georgia voters.