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The midterms: Breaking down the KS, MI and MO results

CALIFORNIA: Per a press release, “Dominican University of California President Joseph R. Fink today announced that veteran NBC News journalist and author Tom Brokaw will serve as the moderator for the California Governor’s debate between Republican candidate Meg Whitman and Democratic candidate Jerry Brown on Tuesday, October 12.”

COLORADO: President Obama "jumped onto a conference call on Tuesday night to tele-stump for his ally, Senator Michael Bennet, who faces a tough Democratic primary next week," the New York Times reports last night of a tele-town hall for the Democratic candidate which allowed Obama "to pitch in during these critical final days without having to leave the comforts of the White House."

Obama "disputed the criticism from Romanoff, saying Bennet ‘stood up again and again’ to big corporations and was ‘one of the key people I needed’ in the Senate to shepherd through a financial regulation recently signed into law," the AP writes.

FLORIDA: "A new survey of the Florida Senate race shows Gov. Charlie Crist (I) ahead of Marco Rubio (R) by some of the largest margins reported by any poll so far," Talking Points Memo reports. "With Democrat Jeff Greene in the race, Saturday's Florida Poll finds, Crist leads Rubio 37%-29%, while Greene takes third with 16%."


GEORGIA: A Republican Landmark Communications poll of the governors’ runoff race found that "former secretary of state Karen Handel has a nine-point lead over former congressman Nathan Deal, 45.8 percent to 37.1 percent," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes.

ILLINOIS: "Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias is about to take a hard hit from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, as the powerful business lobby goes on the air with a commercial slamming the Democrat’s ‘record of failure’ and linking him to the state’s 10.5 percent unemployment rate," Politico writes.

KANSAS: "Kansas Republicans have chosen Congressman Jerry Moran as their nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat in a bitter primary race where both candidates actively courted GOP conservatives," the AP writes, adding that Democratic college administrator Lisa Johnston won her party’s nomination for the seat.

Roll Call: "Rep. Jerry Moran just barely defeated Rep. Todd Tiahrt on Tuesday in the Kansas GOP Senate primary, making the seven-term lawmaker the heavy favorite to become the Sunflower State’s junior Senator next year."

And the Republican nomination for governor was called in favor of Sen. Sam Brownback as he led his challenger 81% to 18%, The Hill writes.

The RGA offered its congratulations early -- around 7 pm, the Topeka Capital Journal notes.

MICHIGAN: "In a surprise primary outcome, political newcomer Rick Snyder dispatched Michigan's attorney general, a longtime congressman and two others Tuesday to win the Republican nomination in the race to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm," the AP reports. "Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero grabbed the Democratic nod, but the GOP candidate automatically became the favorite in the economically ailing state." He won 36%-27% over Hoekstra. Mike Cox got 23% and Mike Bouchard 12%.

The Detroit Free-Press on the governor's race: "The 'nerd' and the 'angry mayor' will battle to be Michigan's next governor in November."

The AP: “Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick lost her bid for an eighth term on Tuesday, her son's legal woes dragging her down in a year when fickle voters seem eager to fire longtime lawmakers. She's the sixth -- and the fourth in the House -- to lose so far this year. And the frustrated electorate could deal others the same fate in primaries over the next two months, not to mention the general election in November, when nothing less than the balance of power in Washington will be at stake.”

More: “State Sen. Hansen Clarke of Detroit beat Kilpatrick. Throughout the campaign, he stressed the legal problems of her son, Kwame Kilpatrick, who resigned as Detroit mayor in 2008 after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. Kilpatrick tried to overcome her son's legal woes by emphasizing her membership on the House Appropriations Committee and what she called her record of providing for the metropolitan Detroit district.”

By the way, Kilpatrick barely won her 2008 primary, when the news of her son's demise was making headlines, 39%-35%-25% over two different candidates. Her closest general election was with her winning 78% in this very Democratic district.

Well, that didn't work... "Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) brought senior members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to Detroit to help her stave off a tough primary challenge," The Hill reports. "In the final 72 hours before the vote, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) campaigned for Kilpatrick. She was also joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), according to a spokesman for her campaign."

A Detroit Free-Press columnist calls the result, "A lesson in humility."

"In other results Tuesday, former Rep. Tim Walberg (R) will get a rematch with Rep. Mark Schauer (D) this November in the 7th district." That will be one of the races to watch this fall as the GOP tries to take back the House. Schauer defeated Walberg 49%-46% in 2008. In MI-1, Bart Stupak's seat, will also be a marquee race featuring a socially conservative Democrat in state Rep. Gary McDowell and Tea Party favorite Dan Punished, who appears to have won by just 12 votes over state Sen. Jason Allen out of more than 54,000 cast. (By the way, Former NFL player Jay Riemersma lost by 660 votes.)

MISSOURI: As Democratic Senate nominee Robin Carnahan won 84% of the vote and Republican Roy Blunt made off with 71%, "there wasn’t much drama in Missouri’s U.S. Senate primaries, where the frontrunners were household names with campaigns already focused on November," the Kansas City Star writes.

"Missouri voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected a federal mandate to purchase health insurance, rebuking President Barack Obama's administration and giving Republicans their first political victory in a national campaign to overturn the controversial health care law passed by Congress in March," the St. Louis Dispatch reports. "With most of the vote counted, Proposition C was winning by a ratio of nearly 3 to 1."