Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Lankford, who has served two terms in the House, rapidly rose in the House leadership and is the fifth-ranking House Republican. While this provided an opportunity for Shannon to cry "Establishment!" and "Insider!," Langford's background as a Baptist minister, his ability to inspire and call people to action gave him the edge.

As Nathan Gonzalez, deputy editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, told CNN, "The Oklahoma primary doesn't fit neatly into the establishment versus anti-establishment box. It's very different than some of the other high-profile races, where you had a challenger taking on an incumbent. The political insider in Washington may not look like the political insider in Oklahoma."

Lankford won the primary by a huge margin -- 57 percent to 34 percent. While this race would not have changed national results at the Senate level, it reminds us that it's about turnout and votes in the end.

In Colorado, former Rep. Tom Tancredo was running for the Republican nomination for governor in a field of four. They were all vying for the right to run against Gov. John Hickenlooper.

What is fascinating about this race is that there was less concern about who would run against Hickenlooper than there was about the potential impact on the Senate race in Colorado, where the Republican nominee, Cory Gardner, has pulled within two points of Democratic incumbent Mark Udall.

Left-leaning groups were running advertisements in support of Tancredo in the apparent hope that he would win the primary and that his hard stance on immigration would serve as a lightning rod to attract Democratic voters to the polls in November to vote against him and, at the same time, for Udall.

The win over Tancredo by Bob Beauprez means Republicans are more likely to gain a Senate seat this fall in Colorado.

This year, it's all Senate -- all the time.


Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.