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It Was a Big Primary Night, and a Good One for the GOP

Kris Kobach lost the Republican primary in Kansas
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2020 6:33 AM CDT

(Newser) FiveThirtyEight dubbed it "Super Tuesday III." Yesterday marked the last major primary day of the election year, with voters in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington casting a ballot. And the results have Republicans largely breathing a sigh of relief. Major takeaways.

  • How Steven Shepard at Politico puts the overall outcome for the GOP: They started Tuesday "with problems lurking all over the ballot, but they ended the night thanking their voters for cleaning up a potential mess." And their victories weren't just "symbolic" ones, continues Shepard, but wins that upped their chances of retaining control of the Senate.
  • One of the biggest potential pitfalls was in Kansas, where Democrats looked to have a shot at winning their fist Senate race since 1932, reports CNN—so long as former Kansas secretary of state/"polarizing candidate" Kris Kobach won the Republican primary for the seat left by the retiring Sen. Pat Roberts, reports NBC News. Kobach, who lost the 2018 gubernatorial race to a Democrat despite President Trump easily winning the state 2 years prior, didn't. Rep. Roger Marshall, who had the support of establishment Republicans, emerged the night's much more electable victor.

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