The AP's Espo sums up the night: "All hail inexperience -- the less familiarity with politics the better, no matter the party or state."
COLORADO: The Denver Post notes how Republican Senate nominee Ken Buck rode an anti-establishment wave to victory, calling it the "latest example of a story playing out in the Republican Party nationwide: Tea Party underdog emerges from nowhere and beats the more moneyed, establishment candidate."
"Buck, who ran an upstart, topsy-turvy campaign fit for an outsider, began as an underdog, leapfrogged to frontrunner status by midsummer but then lost traction in the final weeks due to a string of verbal gaffes that had the GOP consultant class rolling their eyes," Politico writes. "But he also eviscerated the conventional wisdom that the record-breaking GOP turnout would benefit his opponent, former Lt. Gov. Jane Norton."
The New York Times' takeaway on the victories of the Republican and Democratic Senate nominees: "Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado, a Democrat who had hitched his star to the fortunes of President Obama, survived a bitter primary challenge. But in this state’s Republican primary, a Tea Party-backed insurgent, Ken Buck, upended the candidate endorsed by Washington Republicans, Jane Norton, a former lieutenant governor. The two victories suggested that the anticipated wrath of the American voter might not be quite ready to sweep away all before its path -- but the tide is still strong."
The Boston Globe's front-page headline: "Obama’s choice wins in Colo. vote." But the paper points out: "That result, however, was an exception on a primary night in which outsider candidates, feeding on voter anger, generally held sway."
The AP: "Tea party favorite Maes wins Colo. gov. primary."
In his victory speech, Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes said that he had "defied party insiders," the Denver Post writes. "'This campaign started in every backyard barbecue I could attend," Maes said. 'This campaign was not set up by the party kingmakers or the big money donors.'"
Politico adds, "The race appears destined to become the latest version of a familiar 2010 story: a well-funded, careful Democrat running in a hostile electoral environment, versus a flawed, ideological Republican with the national landscape tilted heavily in his favor."
CONNECTICUT: The Boston Globe called last night one "in which outsider candidates, feeding on voter anger, generally held sway. In Connecticut, Republican voters overwhelmingly chose a wealthy wrestling executive and political novice as their candidate for US Senate. Linda McMahon, who defeated former US Representative Rob Simmons, will now face Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, who was unopposed for the Democratic nomination."
The New York Daily News' predictable headline: "Wrestling pioneer Linda McMahon body slams foes to win Connecticut GOP Senate primary."
"In a major come-from-behind upset, Democrat Daniel Malloy won the gubernatorial primary Tuesday night as Greenwich cable TV entrepreneur Ned Lamont conceded the race in a speech in Bridgeport," the Hartford Courant writes. "Malloy had been behind in the polls for more than six months, but he roared back with a strategy of targeting 'prime' voters who have a history of voting in Democratic primaries."
"Greenwich businessman Tom Foley has won the Republican nomination for Connecticut governor and will face former Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy in November," the AP adds.
GEORGIA: As of 7:47 am ET this morning, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's headline: "Still too close to call" and "Deal 'cautiously optimistic' that lead will hold." From the story: "Making a 6 a.m. appearance on Channel 2 Action News, Deal said it's 'nice to be in the lead.' With 99 percent of the votes counted, Deal holds a 0.2 percent advantage over Karen Handel. He said military votes will likely not be in until Friday. Handel declined an invitation to appear on Channel 2." As of 7:48 am ET, results showed Deal with just a 2,489-vote lead out of almost 580,000 and just three precincts not yet reporting.
The "bruising Republican primary runoff for governor had no winner Wednesday as some 2,500 votes separated the two candidates, leaving the race too close to call and a re-count likely," the AP writes. "In unofficial returns, Nathan Deal and Karen Handel each claimed 50 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting."
MINNESOTA: Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mark Dayton's win "breathed new life into a political career that appeared dead after a futile U.S. Senate term. He now shoulders a party's hope of breaking a nearly 25-year losing streak in governor's races," the AP writes. Dayton will face Republican Tom Emmer, who "has a conservative track record as a legislator and got a boost from Sarah Palin's endorsement a day before the state Republican convention. Since then, he's had a few stumbles, including a furor over his suggestion that tips somehow be used to calculate restaurant server wages."