"Democrat Alan Mollohan became the first member of the U.S. House to be ousted this spring primary season, after his opponent mounted a campaign that questioned the 14-term congressman's ethics and support for federal health care reform," the Charleston Gazette reports. "Mollohan conceded Tuesday night, ending nearly 28 years in the House. Unofficial returns showed that with 100 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Mike Oliverio carried 56 percent of the votes to Mollohan's 44 percent."
The Washington Post says Oliverio "will face former state delegate David McKinley, who won the Republican primary Tuesday night." More: "Republicans had made clear that they preferred to run against Mollohan and must now reorient their strategy. Besides being damaged by ethics allegations over the past few years, Mollohan had drawn opposition for his vote in favor of President Obama's health-care bill."
Roll Call: "GOP strategists had hoped to face a politically weakened Mollohan in the general election but are still expected to make a play for a historically Democratic but culturally conservative district that gave Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) 57 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential election. Even with Mollohan now out of the picture, McKinley told West Virginia radio host Hoppy Kercheval on Tuesday night that his race with Oliverio 'is going to be a referendum on the Obama administration and Nancy Pelosi's liberal agenda.'"
In Georgia: "Unofficial returns show Republicans Tom Graves and Lee Hawkins as the top finishers in the eight-person race to succeed [GOP Rep. Nathan] Deal, who stepped down from the 9th District seat to seek the GOP nomination for governor. With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Graves had 34 percent of the vote and Hawkins 23 percent." The Graves-Hawkins run-off will take place on June 8.
Also in the Peach State, Jason Carter -- Jimmy Carter's grandson -- won a special election for a suburban Atlanta state Senate seat. The AP says the victory made Jason Carter "the first in his family to win elected office since his grandfather took the White House more than three decades ago."