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The midterms: Super Runoff Tuesday results

NORTH CAROLINA: Secretary of State Elaine Marshall won the Democratic nomination against former state senator Cal Cunningham. "While the race Tuesday will decide who challenges Burr in November, voters appear unconcerned about the results, with only a sparse 38,000 turning out in early balloting across the state," the AP reported. "Both candidates expected a low turnout and cited the timing of the runoff right after the conclusion of the academic calendar."

SOUTH CAROLINA: "With her victory, state Rep. Haley moved one step closer to becoming the first female governor in the conservative-leaning state," the AP says. "With 31 percent of the precincts reporting in the runoff, she led with 54 percent of the vote to Rep. Gresham Barrett's 45 percent."

The AP reports that State Rep. Tim Scott beat Paul Thurmond, the son of former Sen. Strom Thurmond, in the 1st District Republican runoff. "If Scott wins the open seat in November, he will become the only African-American Republican member of Congress," Politico observes.

Roll Call: "South Carolina state Rep. Tim Scott is on his way to becoming the first black Republican to serve in Congress since Rep. J.C. Watts (Okla.) left in 2002, after winning a landslide victory in a Tuesday runoff."


The Hill's headline: "Son of one-time segregationist loses to black Republican."

And: "Representative Bob Inglis, a six-term Republican, became the latest incumbent to lose his primary election," the New York Times writes. "He was easily defeated by Trey Gowdy, a prosecutor, who had criticized Mr. Inglis for his vote to support a bailout of the banking industry in 2008."

"With 76 percent reporting, The Associated Press called the contest for Gowdy, who had 73 percent to Inglis' 27 percent," Roll Call writes. "Inglis is the third House Member to be defeated in a party primary in a cycle that has come to be defined by voter anger and an anti-establishment backlash."

UTAH: In a bit of a surprise, "Mike Lee slid past Tim Bridgewater Tuesday to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator," the St. George Daily Spectrum reports. "A constitutional lawyer who has vowed to fight government expansion if elected, Lee was a favorite of local Tea Party groups, and heads into the General Election a heavy favorite against [Democratic nominee Sam] Granato. Republicans have won each Utah Senate election for the last 40 years." Bob Bennett-backed Bridgewater had a lead in public polls heading into the runoff.

The AP profiles Lee, a former Sam Alito clerk, and focused on his upbringing in a family of lawyers who discussed the Constitution at the dinner table and Lee recounted attending Supreme Court hearings when he was 10 years old: "Lee won on Tuesday, earning a nearly a 5,000 vote lead with 84 percent of precincts reporting for about 51 percent of the vote. ... The California-based Tea Party Express spent $30,000 supporting Lee in the campaign's closing days, mostly on radio advertisements."