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August 13, 2014 11:06 AM No Upset Tuesday

By Ed Kilgore

Yesterday’s primaries in Connecticut, Minnesota and Wisconsin were big news where they happened (to the extent there’s ever Big News this time of year), but the results were too predictable to break into the national consciousness.

Former ambassador to Ireland Tom Foley won the right to a rematch with Connecticut’s Democratic Gov. Dan Malloy. Among other things, that means Foley’s gaffe in dressing down workers about to lose their jobs at a paper mill, which didn’t do any magic for primary opponent John McKinney, will still be available to Malloy.

In Minnesota, the state GOP’s endorsed candidate, Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, got by three significant opponents with an underwhelming 30% of the vote.

And in the only real fun contest of the evening, the GOP primary for the open WI-06 House seat being vacated by nineteen-term incumbent Tom Petri, it appears the candidate Democrats hoped to emerge, talkative wingnut state senator Glenn Grothman, very narrowly won, though a recount is possible.

Next Tuesday there will be primaries in Wyoming and in Alaska, where aficionados of upsets and sheer zaniness will be pulling for a late surge by Joe Miller in the Republican Senate contest.

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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