CALIFORNIA: The AP's results story: "California Republicans took an historic step Tuesday by nominating two wealthy businesswomen to challenge Democratic icons for governor and U.S. Senate, setting in motion an election season of big-money campaigns and high-stakes in the nation's most populous state."
Meg Whitman won in a landslide, 64%-27%.
The L.A. Times quotes from Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman’s victory speech: "Career politicians in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., be warned -- you now face your worst nightmare; two businesswomen from the real world who know how to create jobs, balance budgets and get things done!"
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina beat former Rep. Tom Campbell and Tea Party favorite Chuck DeVore, 56%-22%-19%.
“The 55-year-old [Senate nominee Carly] Fiorina rolled to victory Tuesday after a campaign that focused on convincing conservatives she is one of them -- opposing abortion, gay marriage and steps the government has taken to prop up the economy,” the AP says.
As much as Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina don't want to linked, here's the New York Daily News: "Meg Whitman, Carly Fiorina, millionaire businesswomen win Calif. GOP primaries on historic night."
Rep. Jane Harman (D) won her primary 59%-41%.
Birther lawyer Orly Taitz lost her Secretary of State bid 76%-24%.
Also: "Californians approved a measure Tuesday that will dramatically change how voters choose candidates in elections -- and could mean that two Republicans or two Democrats would end up as voters' only choices in a general election," the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "Proposition 14, known as the open primary measure, will give every voter the same ballot in primary elections for most state and federal races, except the presidential contest. The two candidates with the most votes would advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation… The measure would apply to all legislative and state races, and it is not expected to increase the cost of holding primaries. It also eliminates write-in candidates from general elections and makes it more difficult for minor parties to gain official recognition from the state."
GEORGIA: Former state Rep. Tom Graves won a special election for 9th District House seat “with a little more than 56 percent of the vote to serve out the remainder of former Rep. Nathan Deal's term in Congress,” the Gainesville Times reports.
IOWA: “Former Gov. Terry Branstad cleared the first hurdle in his political comeback Tuesday, winning a majority of the vote in the three-way Republican primary for governor,” the Des Moines Register writes. “By winning a majority of the vote, albeit a narrow one, Branstad can spend less time reaching out to Republicans who backed his GOP rivals and more time on the fall campaign, GOP strategists said.”
NEVADA: “Even before sundown it was clear [Gov. Jim] Gibbons would be the first incumbent governor in state history to lose his re-election in his own party primary,” the Las Vegas Review Journal writes of a night of firsts: “In taking down Gibbons, former federal Judge Brian Sandoval achieved two other firsts: He became the first Hispanic to claim a major-party gubernatorial nomination in Nevada, and he set into motion the longest-ever lame-duck period for a governor, leaving Gibbons in office for seven more months until the next governor takes office.
SOUTH CAROLINA: “Spartanburg prosecutor Trey Gowdy combined firm backing in Greenville County with strong support from his hometown to outpoll six-term incumbent Bob Inglis in the Republican primary for the 4th Congressional District,” Greenville Online writes. “Gowdy, however, didn’t win the majority needed to avoid a runoff, so he faces Inglis again in less than two weeks on June 22.”
Myrtle Beach Sun News headline: "Black Republican faces Thurmond's son in SC runoff." The AP's lead: "The son of former segregationist Strom Thurmond will meet South Carolina's only black Republican state lawmaker for a primary runoff in the congressional district that includes the city where the Civil War began. But both Paul Thurmond and his opponent, state Rep. Tim Scott, say history and race have little to do with the contest in the coastal 1st District that took shape Tuesday night."
VIRGINIA: “It's a face-off many have been expecting since state Sen. Robert Hurt announced in October that he would run for Congress,” the Roanoke Times writes. “In a primary Tuesday, 5th District Republicans chose Hurt to take on Rep. Tom Perriello in November for the seat that represents a large swath of the state, stretching from Charlottesville south to the North Carolina border.”