MISSOURI: Sen. Claire McCaskill’s not going to the Democratic National Convention, following in the footsteps of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and North Dakota Senate candidate Heidi Heitkamp. All three are moderate Democrats in competitive elections this fall.
But on MSNBC’s Morning Joe this morning McCaskill denied that this was about her distancing herself from her party or the president. She said, instead, because it’s an election year, it’s important to be at home, that Republicans would use going to the convention against her – accusing her of not being devoted enough to her state, and besides, she said, she’s invited the president to campaign with her in Missouri. It’s a delicate line for McCaskill – she doesn’t want to alienate Republican-leaning moderates who she needs to cross over, nor does she want to upset black voters in Kansas City and St. Louis, who she will also need to turnout.
NEW YORK: “Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., survived a hard fought primary to secure his party's nomination to seek a 22nd term this November,” USA Today writes.
The New York Post: “Unsinkable Rangel just keeps rolling.” The Post called him “the oldest comeback kid ever.” Rangel, whose district was redrawn and became a majority Hispanic district, won 45-39%, despite being “scarred by a congressional censure of his ethical lapses.”
Roll Call: “Twenty-one-term Rep. Charlie Rangel, the Democratic icon who chaired the powerful House Ways and Means Committee and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus, survived the fiercest primary challenge of his career Tuesday night.”
OKLAHOMA: “Republican divisions resurfaced in congressional primaries, with five-term Rep. John Sullivan falling to a tea party backed opponent in Oklahoma,” USA Today writes. “Jim Bridenstine, a Navy pilot and the former director of a Tulsa space museum, defeated Sullivan on Tuesday, making him the fourth incumbent congressman to lose in primaries this year.”
Politico’s Mahtesian calls Sullivan “an incumbent caught sleeping.”
Sullivan told AP: "I never had a race like this in all my life. The only mistake I made was I ignored it for too long."
UTAH: “The tea party, big-spending PACs and challenger Dan Liljenquist failed Tuesday to force 78-year-old Orrin Hatch into retirement. The self-proclaimed ‘tough old bird’ flew easily through the GOP primary, so now only Democrat Scott Howell stands between him and a record-shattering seventh term,” the Salt Lake Tribune writes.