Diary

Primary Day Today Alaska/Florida (Rooney Wins)

Tuesday August 26th Primary Day Alaska and Florida

Alaska

US Senator Ted Stevens

Senator Stevens is facing toughest re-election of his career and jail time as well. Even before charges against him he was in for tough road but now its going to be nail bitter. His first test starts Tuesday 26th

Ted Stevens (R)* – (Campaign Site) Mike Corey (R) Dave Cuddy (R) – Ex-State Rep., Real Estate Developer & ’96Candidate Jerry Heikes Drywall Contractor, Minister, National Guard Veteran & ’06 Governor Candidate Rick Sikma (R) – Evangelist, Ex-Custodian & Ex-Auto Worker Vic Vickers (R) – Maritime Businessman & Economic Historian Rich Wanda (R) – ’02 State Rep. Candidate Mark Begich (D) – Anchorage Mayor, Ex-Anchorage Assemblyman & Businessman Ray Metcalfe (D) – Ex-State Rep., Ex-Republican & Frequent Candidate Frank Vondersaar (D) – Attorney & Frequent Candidate Bob Bird (Alaskan Independence) – Teacher & Pro-Life Activist David Haase (Libertarian) – Commercial Realtor Ted Gianoutsos (Veterans) – Vietnam Veteran, ’04 Candidate & ’06 Governor Candidate Paul Kendall (Independent) Lance Merrick (Independent)

These are all candidates running for Senate in Alaska this year

Stevens is expected to win primary but his percentage will be very telling. He will face Begich in November and this could be a race that changes drastically depending on the outcome of his trial, if he removes himself from race, etc.

At-Large: Don Young (R)* – (Campaign Site) Gabrielle LeDoux (R) – State Rep., Ex-Kodiak Island Borough Mayor & Attorney Sean Parnell (R) – Lt. Governor, Ex-State Sen., Ex-State Rep. & Attorney Diane Benson (D) – Alaska Native Activist, Actor, Poet, ’06 Nominee & ’02 Governor Candidate Ethan Berkowitz (D) – Ex-State House Minority Leader, Attorney, Businessman & ’06 Lt. Governor Nominee

The other race to watch in Alaska on that Tuesday will be Congressman Young who is facing Lt Gov Parnell which RedState has endorsed. Polls are tight and a very close outcome is expected.

Either winner will face Berkowitz in fall.

Florida

The Sunshine State holds its primary day and many races are already determined

FL 15 Open Seat (R)

Congressman Weldon is retiring and Bill Posey (R) – State Sen., Ex-State Rep., Ex-Rockledge City Councilman & Realtor is expected to win the primary and General Election in Fall

FL 16 Mahoney (D)

The big race to watch on Tuesday in Florida is this one

Gayle Harrell (R) – State Rep. & Ex-Teacher

Tom Rooney (R) – Attorney & Army Veteran

Hal Valeche (R) – Palm Beach Gardens City Councilman & Vietnam War Veteran

The polls have showed a tight primary between the candidates but it appears Tom Rooney has late momentum as Gov Crist has just endorsed him as well as State GOP Chairman and some fellow Republican Congressman. Rooney has also been endorsed by RedState.

Whoever emerges will face Congressman Mahoney who has a big campaign war chest. Expect a close race in November

Rooney Has Won

If anyone has any pointers please post them on your take of these races