Two big wins tonight so far for the real Democrats: Joe Sestak and Jack Conway. Both races were just called in the past hour.

In Kentucky, Jack Conway won the close Democratic Senate primary race against conservative Democrat Dan Mongiardo. While by no means a liberal, Conway was to the left of Mongiardo on many issues. Conway will face off against Republican Rand Paul. According to polls, Conway was the strongest Democrat against Paul.

Joe Sestak managed to defeat incumbent former Republican Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary. Specter switched parties ironically after deciding he could not win the Republican primary against Pat Toomey. Specter’s attempt to hold onto his seat through a party change seems to have turned off Democratic voters in Pennsylvania, many who have probably voted against Specter for decades. Sestak will face Toomey in the general.

The one remaining Senate primary is Arkansas. Bill Halter is not expected to get more votes than conservative Democrat Blanche Lincoln, but thanks to a surprisingly strong showing by DC Morrison it is likely Lincoln will not get 50% of the total vote. If she fails to clear that mark, she will face a run off race against just Halter in a few weeks. If Halter faces a run off it will be a solid night for the more progressive and importantly more electable Democrats against the conservadems. It seems voters want the Democrats that actually believe in the principles of the Democratic Party.

Update – It is official there will be a run off in Arkansas between Blanche Lincoln and Bill Halter. Tonight was terrible night for the Washington establishment candidates.

Two big wins tonight so far for the real Democrats, Joe Sestak and Jack Conway. Both races were just called in the past hour.

In Kentucky, Jack Conway won the close Democratic Senate primary race against conservative Democrat Dan Mongiardo. While by no means a liberal, Conway was to the left of Mongiardo on many issues. Conway will face off against Republican Rand Paul. According to polls Conway was the strongest Democrat against Paul.

Joe Sestak managed to defeat incumbent former Republican Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary. Specter switched parties ironically after deciding he could not win the Republican primary against Pat Toomey. Specter’s attempt to hold onto his seat through a party change seems to have turned off Democratic voters in Pennsylvania, many who have probably voted against Specter for decades. Sestak will face Toomey in the general.

The one remaining Senate primary is Arkansas. Bill Halter is not expected to get more votes than conservative Democrat Blanche Lincoln, but thanks to a surprisingly strong showing by DC Morrison, it is likely Lincoln will not get 50% of the total vote. If she fails to clear that mark she will face a run off race against just Halter in a few weeks. If Halter faces a run off it will be a solid night for the more progressive and importantly more electable Democrats against the conservadems. It seems voters want the Democrats that actually believe in the principles of the Democratic Party.

Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at http://pendinghorizon.com

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