Busiest voting day of U.S. primary produce contenders for this year's mid-term election

13:45, June 09, 2010      

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U.S. voters cast their ballots Tuesday in the busiest voting day of this year's primary prior to the mid-term election, producing contenders in the fall election that could reshape the American political landscape.

Primaries were held in 11 states including California and Nevada, and Arkansas held a run-off poll, and some of the most famous names came through in the elections.

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina won California's Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, setting up a face-off with three-term Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer in November's general election.

Also in California, Meg Whitman, the billionaire former CEO of Ebay, won Republican nomination for governor. She invested close to 80 million of her own money in the campaign. Her Democratic opponent is Attorney General Jerry Brown, who was governor in the 1970s and 1980s.

In Arkansas, where the run-off was held, saw two-term Senator Blanche Lincoln prevailing an anti-incumbent trend and defeating a challenge by liberal Lt. Gov. Bill Halter for Democratic Senate nomination.

Prior to the primaries, polls have indicated an anti-incumbent trend, and according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, only 29 percent of Americans say they are inclined to support their incumbent House representative in November, even lower than in 1994, when voters rebelled against the Democrats, chasing them out of power from the lower chamber after 40 years in the majority and handing both chambers of Congress to the Republicans.

Primaries were also held in Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia. Voters chose both the Democratic and Republican parties' candidates to participate in the November election of the Congress as well as some state offices.



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