Super Tuesday: Rand Paul, Sestak, Critz In, Specter Out
May 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Super primary Tuesday has come and gone with a couple of surprises, a farewell and a win for the tea party movement looking to take the country back from that black socialist fellow in the White House. The concession and victory speeches were notable for the sight of five-term Senator Specter choking back tears and Rep. Ron Paul’s son, Rand Paul hailing the teapartiers as a “huge” movement. The results of Super Tuesday also showed plenty of anti-incumbent and anti-Party establishment fever.
Despite party-switcher Sen. Arlen Specter’s Democratic primary loss to two-term Congressman Joe Sestak, the Democratic Party machine was successful in bringing in the win for Democrat Mark Critz, in a very conservative trending 12th district, won by John McCain in 2008, to fill the late John Murtha’s seat in the House. And Critz won surprisingly big in the special election, beating GOP challenger Tim Burns by a whopping eight points.
Republicans have targeted the swing district, as important to their comeback chances in the November elections, but lost spectacularly to Crtiz. Politico noted, “Republicans failed spectacularly, losing on a level playing field where, in this favorable environment, they should have run roughshod over the opposition…. The district itself couldn’t have been more primed for a Republican victory.”
Specter, in his concession speech, Pennsylvania’s longest-serving senator, promised to continue to work “very hard for the people of the commonwealth in the coming months.” “It’s been a great privilege to serve the people of Pennsylvania, and it’s been a great privilege to be in the United States Senate,” added Specter.
In his victory speech, Sestak hailed his win against the establishment, as proof that people want “change.”
In Arkansas, Democratic establishment incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln edged out her challenger Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, but failed to reach the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff election. She said she would be “ready to fight again” in the deciding runoff race in June.
And in Kentucky, Republican tea party candidate, Rand Paul provided establishment candidate Secretary of State Trey Grayson, endorsed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, with a decisive loss. Paul’s candidacy brought out a huge Republican turnout; the largest in the state’s primary history. Paul, joined by his father Rep. Ron Paul, played to his tea party followers, saying his win was a message from the tea party movement: “It’s loud and clear, said Paul. “We have come to take our government back.”
Paul’s win was not without controversy, as groups of his followers had to be removed from several polling stations for harassing voters. Additionally, Paul refused to accept Trey Grayson’s call of congratulations, according to Grayson’s campaign manager Nate Hodson. Marc Wilson, a Republican lobbyist and friend of Trey Grayson, referred to Paul’s behavior, as “classless.” Paul’s campaign manager David Adams, claims Paul was “in transit” and unable to take calls.
Paul will now face off against Democrat Jack Conway in the November elections. And Democrats will be sure to highlight Paul’s far-right fringe views, especially his association with conspiracy theorists, such as Alex Jones.