Tuesday, June 08, 2010

A Guide to the Biggest Primary Day of the Year (So Far)

Today is an election day. I hope you remembered to get out and vote! Voters from California to South Carolina will choose which candidates will be on the general election ballot in a series of primaries today. What do you need to know on a state to state basis for the election? The New York Times put together a guide of sorts. If you are in California, like me, here is the scoop:

CALIFORNIA: Republicans will select nominees for Senate and governor, with two former business executives poised to become the party’s standard bearers in the fall. Meg Whitman, in the governor’s race, she is the former chief executive of eBay and billionaire, and has invested a small share of her personal fortune in her race against Steve Poizner, the state insurance commissioner, who put up $24 million of his own money into his primary campaign.

It’s a back-to-the-future race. The winner will challenge Jerry Brown, the state’s attorney general, who was first elected governor of California three decades ago.

In the Senate primary, Carly Fiorina, a former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, is running against Tom Campbell, a former congressman, and Chuck DeVore, whose candidacy has drawn the backing of many Tea Party activists. The winner will face Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat, in the fall.

Representative Jane Harman, who represents the state’s 36th District, in Southern California, will find whether she, too, is swept aside by the anti-incumbent sentiment. Ms. Harman, a centrist Democrat, is facing Marcy Winograd, a leading figure in the progressive movement in Los Angeles.

Get the rest of the scoop here.

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