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Primary Votes, Midterm Prognosis24:25


Voters put anti-incumbent fever to the test. We read Tuesday’s primary results and look ahead to the midterms.


After economic meltdown, bailout, foreclosure, and pain, voters got their chance to swing their stick at the ballot box yesterday.

Big lessons all over, in primaries and a special election.

Arlen Specter, Republican turned late-life Democrat, got the boot. Tea Party hero Rand Paul trounced his establishment Republican rival in Kentucky. John Murtha’s old seat went solid Democrat in Pennsylvania, despite a big GOP push.

Party mainliners were under the gun.  And now, nobody is secure in Washington.

This Hour, On Point: we’re reading the results from a big day of American voting.Guests:

Jonathan Martin, senior political writer for

Bob Shrum, longtime Democratic strategist. He was press secretary to Senator Edward M. Kennedy from 1980 to 1984, and the Senator’s principal speechwriter during and after the 1980 presidential campaign. He was senior advisor to the Kerry-Edwards campaign in 2004 and Al Gore in 2000.

Kellyanne Conway, Republican strategist and president of The Polling Company. She’s co-author, with Celinda Lake, of  “What Women Really Want.”

This program aired on May 19, 2010.

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