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May 20, 2014 9:32 AM To the Polls

By Ed Kilgore

Today is 2014’s first big multi-state primary day. Republicans will hold at least somewhat competitive Senate primaries in Georgia, Kentucky and Oregon; a gubernatorial primary in Idaho; and House primaries in Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho and Oregon. Democrats have a seriously contested gubernatorial primary and two House primaries in Pennsylvania. There are, of course, important downballot and state legislative primaries in all six states.

We’ll have insights on these races as they occur today, and full results tomorrow. I probably won’t be able to stop myself from being on Twitter this evening talking about the results from Georgia, a state I know pretty well.

As you probably know if you are a political junkie, the Big Media Narrative set up for tonight is the Triumph of Mitch McConnell, a subset of the ongoing Year of the Republican Establishment (YORE) meme, which is preordained to conclude with a disciplined, pragmatic GOP making gains in November that give it a big advantage going into the 2016 presidential cycle. I’ve been trying to disrupt this narrative for a while now, and will probably do so again after today’s primaries, if they turn out as I expect them to. Stay tuned.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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