Tonight’s primary elections 

Tonight’s biggest election blowout is not about any candidate, unless you want to count President Obama. In Missouri, 71 percent of the voters are backing a referendum requiring to state to protect its citizens from Obamacare’s requirement that they purchase health insurance. This is very bad news for a White House that is still desperately trying to sell its health care bill retrospectively ahead of November, when the Show Me State will feature an important Senate race between Rep. Roy Blunt, R, and Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, D.

In neighboring Kansas, Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt are in a dogfight for the GOP nomination for Sam Brownback’s empty Senate seat. Fewer than 4,000 votes separate the two right now with more than two-thirds reporting.

In Michigan, the race for governor was not nearly as close as expected. Businessman Rick Snyder won easily on the Republican side. The Democratic victor is Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero.

The three House candidates endorsed by the Club for Growth had a good night, or at least appeared to be having one early on. State Sen. Tim Huelskamp, R, held a nine-point lead for Moran’s Kansas seat with just under half of precincts reporting in the 1st District’s 69 counties. Mike Pompeo was winning big in the state’s open 4th District. In Michigan, Justin Amash led big in the GOP primary for the seat of retiring Rep. Vern Ehlers, R.

Former Rep. Tim Walberg, R, crushed his opponents in the 7th District and earned a rematch against Rep. Mark Schauer, D.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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