May 20th Primaries: From #PA13 On Down

Brendan Boyle confirmed our suspicions and took home the PA-13 Democratic primary by a comfortable 40-27 margin over Marjorie Margolies. Unfortunately, our preferred candidate Daylin Leach finished third with 17%, just ahead of Valerie Arkoosh who took 15%.

On a night featuring more big contests for national Republicans than Democrats, there weren’t a whole lot of surprises. In the Pennsylvania Governor’s race, Tom Wolf cruised to the Democratic nomination and is set to face the incredibly unpopular Tom Corbett in the general. Popular Senate candidates Alison Lundergan Grimes and Michelle Nunn easily won their primaries in Kentucky and Georgia, respectively, to set the stage for the only two significant pick-up opportunities Democrats have in the Senate this time around (although according to recent polling, we could be seeing Mississippi mentioned a bit more often). Grimes will face Mitch McConnell after he resoundingly defeated insurgent challenger Matt Bevin 60-35, while Nunn will face the winner of a run-off election between David Perdue and Jack Kingston.

Other Highlights

PA-08 saw DCCC-backed Kevin Strouse defeat Emily’s List-backed Shaughnessy Naughton by a razor-thin 51-49 margin; Strouse goes on to challenge Republican Mike Fitzpatrick in the swing (R +1) district.

In GA-04, incumbent Rep. Hank Johnson faced a well-funded primary challenge from DeKalb county sheriff Tom Brown, but ultimately prevailed 55-45 and all but assured himself another term in his safe seat.

Embattled Oregon Republican Monica Wehby knocked off 52-36 in the Senate primary and will face one-term Democrat Jeff Merkley in a race that won’t be competitive unless it’s a massive Republican wave.