They’re calling it a “mini-Super Tuesday.” Today’s round of primaries for U.S. Senate seats in six states—Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Arkansas and Idaho—could determine the Democrats’ chances for holding on to control of the World’s Greatest Deliberative Body.
- In Kentucky, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to beat right-wing challenger Matt Bevin, the prognosticators at Politico fret that unless McConnell wallops the upstart, there’ll be whispering about his weakness on the right. (Egads!)
- The most entertaining story to emerge so far from the primary races is that of Republican contender and neurosurgeon Monica Wehby, who would take on Democrat Jeff Merkley if she were to win the GOP nomination, depending on whether or not that story Politico broke about a police report filed against her by her onetime boyfriend sinks her chances.
- Speaking of elections, the New York Times ran a fascinating article about David Koch’s 1980 vice presidential bid on the Libertarian Party ticket, a “quixotic” run, reports Nicholas Confessore, created the initial framework for the Koch brothers’ political network. which would eventually dominate Republican politics.
- It’s a model that was later picked up by the Rev. Pat Robertson, who built the Christian Coalition out of the ruins of his 1988 presidential campaign, and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, whose Patriot Voices organization sprang from the lists of supporters of his presidential bid.
This article has been corrected. The original version misstated Monica Wehby's first name.
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