Six states will be holding their Primary Elections today, May 20; Idaho, Oregon, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, and Arkansas. The winners will face each other in the Nov. 8, 2014 mid-term General Election.
Each state will be voting for candidates for various state offices, as well as federal offices for the U.S. House of Representatives and in some cases, the U.S. Senate.
Key races to watch:
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the most powerful Republican in the Senate is facing a challenge from his right by businessman Matt Bevin, who is backed by the Tea Party. Current polls show McConnell with an overwhelming lead, 55 to 35 percent.
The race for the GOP Senate nomination in Oregon, has pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Monica Wehby facing the more conservative state Rep. Jason Conger. What makes this race interesting is that Republican Wehby supports abortion rights, and her opponent does not. Both have received endorsements from 2012 Republican Presidential candidates, Wehby has been endorsed by Newt Gingrich and Conger by Rick Santorum.
In Pennsylvania the Democratic gubernatorial primary contest is the race to watch, as Democratic candidates, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, businessman Tom Wolf, and state Treasurer Rob McCord seek the opportunity to face Republican Governor Tom Corbett, in the Nov. 2014 General Election.
In Georgia, Republican Sen. Saxby Chambiss announced his retirement earlier this year which has created a free-for-all with several Tea Party candidates vying for their votes.
Reps. Phil Gingrey, Paul Broun and Jack Kingston, former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, and businessman David Perdue are the major candidates and Kingston, Handel, and Perdue, rather than the more conservative Broun and Gingrey, are on top of public opinion polls. If no one wins a majority, there will be a runoff July 22.
Below you will find links to the election departments for the six states holding primaries today so you can watch the results for each state as they are posted live and online.
Turnout in midterm elections is historically low, and this year it promises to be dismal. Voters are largely disgusted with Washington and the political process
Very low turnouts signal that the party “bases” will be highly significant later this year in shaping general election results. Both parties are pushing hard to get those bases motivated; Republicans by stressing big changes in the 2010 health care law, and Democrats by promoting paycheck fairness, immigration law overhaul and other programs.
Gallup found last week that Democrats tend to be viewed more favorably than Republicans. In the Gallup poll Democrats were seen as favorable by 44 percent, while Republicans were seen as favorable by 34 percent.