08.25.10 6:48 AM ET
Tuesday's Big Winners
Primaries across five states saw a Rubio surge, a comfortable win for McCain, and a rough battle in Florida. Mark McKinnon, Shushannah Walshe, Reihan Salam, John Avlon and Conor Friedersdorf on who came out on top and what to expect for November’s midterms.
Candidates with the deep pockets win, it pays to come out swinging, and a red tide is rising—Mark McKinnon on the takeaways from the most important races, from McCain to Murkowski and newcomer Allen West.
The big upset of the night could be the Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate unseating Lisa Murkowski in Alaska. Shushannah Walshe talks to the losing candidate about Palin's personal attacks on her family and her disturbing Facebook post.
Angry voters expected to storm the polls Tuesday failed to sweep the primaries—leaving a deep-pocketed businessman an upset winner in Florida, McCain in the driver’s seat, and Palin’s “center-right” curse ineffective.
Marco Rubio’s extraordinary rise in Florida, and energized Republican voters in Tuesday’s primaries, are heartening news for conservatives—and Florida’s three-way Senate race looks to be November’s most interesting.
The 73-year-old Republican beats a talk radio host in what will probably be his final GOP primary. Just don't call him a maverick.