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Perry’s immigration stance shows folly of primary system, poli sci professor said

By | 08.23.11 | 5:08 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

To be successful as the governor of Texas, it doesn’t hurt to be a friend to the Latino community. To become the Republican presidential nominee, however, it may hurt a great deal.

Tea Party leadership begins applying primary pressure early

By | 11.05.10 | 10:21 am

Whether the Tea Party rank-and-file decide to get on board remains an open question, but conservative figures like Dick Armey, the former Republican majority leader who now chairs FreedomWorks, and Erick Erickson, managing editor of the blog RedState, are already excited about the prospect of directing Tea Party outrage toward More…

Did O’Donnell Just Prove That Primaries Should be Scrapped?

By | 09.15.10 | 4:20 pm

In the wake of Christine O’Donnell’s victory in the Delaware GOP primary, Richard Pildes takes up two questions: Do political primaries fuel polarization and extremism? If so, what can be done about it?

Pildes, a professor of constitutional law at New York University School of Law, argues that primaries, More…

In Tonight’s Top Races, Women in the Lead

By | 06.08.10 | 11:54 am

Of the 532 sitting members of Congress, just 76 are female. But tonight, the hottest elections on tap feature female candidates regarded as major game changers in their states. In addition to a decisive Senate primary runoff in Arkansas, primary voters go to the polls tonight in a total of More…

A Guide to the Summer’s Senate Primaries

By | 05.31.10 | 6:00 am

To many Americans, the Memorial Day weekend signals the start of summer. For Senate election observers, it marks the onset of a season that will determine the fate of senators at risk of losing their jobs, and of outsiders looking to beat back party favorites. The summer Senate primaries kick More…

A Primary Day in Search of a Theme

By | 05.19.10 | 12:59 am

The results from Tuesday’s much-watched congressional primaries are in. Now the larger question remains: What’s their significance?

The fall of five-term Sen. Arlen Specter (D) in Pennsylvania marks the end of an era; the rise of ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) in Kentucky lends both power and voice to More…

Few Surprises in Tuesday’s Primary Results

By | 05.05.10 | 8:39 am

Incumbents and “establishment” candidates got an expected run for their money during Tuesday’s primaries, but for the most part, challengers did not manage to deny them the nomination.


Former Sen. Dan Coats (R) won his party’s nomination in the race for the seat of retiring More…

Poll: McCain Could Lose Primary in Arizona

By | 11.20.09 | 8:55 am

Rasmussen Reports finds Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) clinging to a two-point lead over a possible challenger, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.). Chris Simcox, the leader of the anti-illegal immigration Minuteman Project who’s already in the race, scores 4 percent. All of this puts McCain, who has never been seriously More…

Can McCain Come Back Again?

By | 10.17.08 | 6:00 am

There are 18 days until the end of Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. Having begun this campaign as the clear front-runner — not only for the Republican nomination but for the presidency — and as the supposedly moderate force who could bring order to Washington, the Arizona senator finds himself More…