“How angry are Americans?” the AP asks. “People primed for change vote in 12 states Tuesday in contests that will decide the fate of two endangered Washington incumbents -- a two-term senator in Arkansas and a six-term congressman in South Carolina -- while setting the stage for some of the races that could determine the balance of power on Capitol Hill in the fall.”
ARKANSAS: Per the AP, "[T]he Democratic candidates for the Senate here, incumbent Blanche Lincoln and Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, believe black voters could decide their race, and both are waging an unusually intense campaign in the black community in the final days before the election.”
CALIFORNIA: The top two themes of California’s Republican primary races? Money and anger, the Los Angeles Times writes. “From corporate executives to conservative activists to career politicians, the GOP candidates in the top-of-the-ticket races to be decided Tuesday have strikingly different resumes. But the personal wealth employed by several of them has sharply altered the momentum of the races. The Republican governor's contest is the most expensive California primary in history, and money tilted the standings in the closing weeks of the Senate race.”
“The Republican Party, which has never nominated a woman for governor or the U.S. Senate in California, has the potential to make history Tuesday and field a ticket headed by two women,” the San Diego Union-Tribune points out.
“Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina made a final push for votes Saturday in their bids for governor and U.S. Senate, invigorated by new [Field] polls showing them leading their Republican races just days ahead of Tuesday's primary,” the San Jose Mercury News reports.
IOWA: “While voters in the primary election won't decide until Tuesday which Republican will advance to the general election, the attacks are flying between Gov. Chet Culver, a Democrat, and former Gov. Terry Branstad, a Republican. For weeks, their finger-pointing press releases have deluged my e-mail inbox,” a reporter from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald writes.
NEVADA: “The final days of the Republican U.S. Senate primary have arrived with the race's former front-runner praying she can scrounge enough votes through her formidable ground game, the new front-runner hoping her recent momentum will be unstoppable and a third candidate looking for an opportunity shoot past them both for a surprise win,” the Reno Gazette-Journal writes. http://bit.ly/9AKL7d
The L.A. Times on Sen. Harry Reid’s preferred GOP Senate nominee: “If Republican Sharron Angle wins her party's Senate primary Tuesday, it will be a victory for the soft-spoken perpetual candidate, Nevada's conservative diehards, the national "tea party" movement and underdogs everywhere. It will also be a huge win for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.”
SOUTH CAROLINA: While the Democratic gubernatorial primary has been “cordial” and the Senate primaries “even quieter still,” the four-way GOP contest for governor is “By far the highest-profile state battle,” the Charleston Post and Courier writes.
“‘Raghead’ remark puts South Carolina in familiar place: punchline,” McClatchy’s headline writes ahead of tomorrow’s primaries. “Former South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford says the state's politics should be above ethnic slurs and allegations of infidelity,” the article continues. “Her comments came a day after Lexington County Sen. Jake Knotts called Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley, who is of Indian decent, a ‘raghead.’”
The Washington Post on the race: “Even in a state that's accustomed to two-fisted politics, this year's Republican race for governor stands out. As the contenders barreled across South Carolina in a mad frenzy before Tuesday's primary, they confronted at every turn the salacious accusations of adultery swirling around Nikki Haley, the woman who has rocketed to the lead.”