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Tuesday's Big Winners

Primaries across five states saw a Rubio surge and a comfortable win for McCain. 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.

08.25.10 6:48 AM ET

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.

5 Lessons from Tuesday’s Primaries
By Mark McKinnon

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.

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Palin’s Prey Lashes Out
By Shushannah Walshe

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.

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The Anti-Incumbent Narrative Falters
By John Avlon

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.

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A Reason for Conservatives to Cheer
By Reihan Salam

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.

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McCain Beats Talk Radio
By Conor Friedersdorf

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.

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A Lost Opportunity
By Samuel P. Jacobs

What did Arizonans miss? Samuel P. Jacobs says it was a chance to see John McCain square off against his journalistic nemesis.

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