Tuesday Night Fights

So to my own surprise, former governor and HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson survived Wisconsin’s GOP Senate primary, edging out self-funding banker Eric Hovde and two other candidates, despite efforts to RINO him as too sane for today’s Republicans. Former congressman Mark Neumann, who benefited from a hefty intervention by the Club for Growth, finished well back of the leaders.

Thompson is running pretty much even in general election polls with Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin, who’s been quietly building a $3 million war chest as Republicans wrangled.

In the Connecticut Senate primaries, to no one’s surprise, former rasslin’ exec Linda McMahon easily dispatched longtime congressman Chis Shays by a 3-1 margin, and will now face Democratic congressman Chris Murphy, who handily beat Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz. The race is for the seat being vacated by Joe Lieberman.

Meanwhile, down in Florida, one GOP House member, 12-term incumbent Cliff Stearns, seems to have lost his seat to a little known challenger, less for ideological sins than for sheer overconfidence. Another, transportation committee chairman John Mica, defeated Tea Party-backed freshman Sandy Adams in an incumbent-versus-incumbent primary forced by redistricting.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.