Election Day: Michigan, Kansas, Washington, and Missouri Head To The Polls

Posted: Aug 05, 2014 8:52 PM
Election Day: Michigan, Kansas, Washington, and Missouri Head To The Polls

It’s Election Day in Michigan, Kansas, Washington State, and Missouri.

In Kansas, we’ll see if incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts can survive a challenge from Milton Wolfe.

Concerning the gubernatorial race, incumbent Republican Sam Brownback handily defeated his challenger Jennifer Winn, garnering 63 percent of the vote to her 37 percent. Gov. Brownback faces Paul Davis in the general. Davis was unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Wolfe has hit Sen. Roberts for spending a lot of time outside of the Sunflower State, but Roberts seems to be holding the lead over his primary challenger.

The Associated Press has called it for Sen. Roberts. His Democratic will be Chad Taylor, who defeated his opponent, Patrick Wiesner, with 53 percent of the vote.

KS-01 With 3 percent reporting, Incumbent Republican Congressman Tim Heulskamp has a slim lead over his challenger Alan LaPolice, 50.7 percent to 49.3 percent.

Rep. Heulskamp lives to see another day. Final count: Heulskamp 53% to LaPolice's 46%. He'll face Democrat James Sherow in the general election.

KS-02 Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins is leading her challenger Joshua Tucker 68.6 percent to 31.4 percent – with 5 percent of the precincts reporting.

Race has been called for Jenkins. She'll face Democrat Margie Wakefield in the general.

KS-04 Incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Pompeo has started off with a huge lead over his challenger Todd Tiahrt 65.8 percent to 34.2 percent – with less than 1 percent of the precincts reporting.

Pompeo survives. With 42 percent of the precincts reporting, Rep. Pompeo garnered 62 percent of the vote to Tiahrt’s 37 percent. He’ll face Democrat Perry Schuckman, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.

Washington State

As indicated by the Washington Secretary of State’s Office, the Evergreen State’s “Top 2” primary system advances the top candidates and “allows voters to choose among all candidates running for each office. Voters do not have to declare a party affiliation to vote in the primary.” In other words, some of these races have an insane amount of candidates.

WA-1 - Incumbent Democratic Congresswoman Suzan DelBene is facing an army of challengers, with Republicans John Orlinski, Edwin Moats, Pedro Celis, and Robert Sutherland lining up against her. There’s also Independents candidate Richard Todd and Mike The Mover, who’s running as other in the race.

Despite a rather big heap of candidates, Congresswoman DelBene ended the night with 51 percent of the voter. The runner-up has yet to be determined, but Republican Robert Sutherland is slightly ahead of Pedro Celis, another Republican.

It's Pedro Celis

WA-2 - Republican B.J. Guillot and Other candidate Mike Lapointe are facing off to see who will challenge incumbent Democratic Congressman Rick Larsen.

Republican D.J. Guillot will be squaring off against Congressman Larsen in the general. Guillot garnered 32 percent of the vote, while Larsen netted 56 percent.

WA-3 - Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler easily claimed the top spot in her race with 48 percent of the vote. She’ll face Democrat Bob Dingethal in the general, who received 38 percent.

WA-4 - This primary race is a VERY crowded, with eight Republicans, two Democrats, and two Others vying for the top two spots.

No top two spots have been declared yet, but Clint Didier and Dan Newhouse are the front-runner and runner-up respectively; both are Republicans.

Ace of Spades called it for Didier and Newhouse.

Indeed, it'll be Didier and Newhouse

WA-5 - Are we surprised incumbent Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers got the top spot? She ended the race with 51% of the vote. It seems as if she’ll face runner-up Joe Pakootas, a Democrat, in the general. He's garnering 28 percent of the vote right now, but he hasn't been declared the number two candidate yet.

Joe Pakootas will be Rep. Rodgers' Democratic opponent.

WA-6 -Incumbent Democratic Congressman Derek Kilmer easily got the top spot in his race, with 59 percent of the vote. No official runner-up yet, but it seems Marty McClendon will secure the number two spot; he’s netting 34 percent of the vote.

W. McPherson, an Independent, and Douglas Milholland, the Green Party candidate, are registering in the single digits.

Marty McClendon has won and will face Congressman Kilmer in November

WA-7 – Another Democratic incumbent Congressman, Jim McDermott, dominated the field with 76 percent of the vote. Right now, there’s no official number two candidate in the race. Craig Keller is the leading runner-up, with 9 percent of the vote, but Scott Sutherland isn’t far behind at 6.9 percent.

Doug McQuaid has 6.5 percent of the vote, while a candidate named, and this is no joke; “Goodspaceguy” running as Other broke into single digits at 1 percent.

Craig Keller will face Rep. McDermott in the fall

WA- 8 – Republican Congressman Dave Reichert will be seeing Democrat Jason Ritchie in the fall. Rep. Reichert catapulted to the top, with 62 percent of the vote. Ritchie followed behind with 28 percent.

WA- 9 – Democratic Congressman Adam Smith ended the night with 63 percent of the vote. His official opponent will be a Republican, Doug Basler, who received 28 percent of the vote.

WA- 10 – Democratic Congressman Denny Heck secured 51% in his contest. He’ll face Republican Joyce McDonald in a few weeks. She ended the night with 41 percent of the vote.


MI-01 Alan Arcand will challenge incumbent Republican Representative Dan Benishek from the right.

The race has been called with 39 percent of the precincts reporting; Rep. Benishek it in the clear, winning 70 percent of the vote to Arcand’s 29 percent. Rep. Benishek will face Democrat Jerry Cannon, who ran uncontested in the Democratic primary.

MI-03 - Incumbent Republican Representative Justin Amash is facing an establishment challenge from Brian Ellis.

Right now, with 18 percent reporting, Rep. Amash is leading 56.4 percent to 43.6percent.

Amash is declared the winner. Democrat Bob Goodrich will be his Democratic opponent come November.

MI-04 Peter Konetchy, Paul Mitchell, and John Moolenaar are fighting it out in the Republican primary to see who will challenge Democrat Jeff Holmes.

Mr. Moolenaar has 50 percent of the vote, Mitchell has 39.9 percent, and Konetchy is netting 10 percent, with 10 percent of the precincts reporting.

Moolenaar is declared the winner with 51% of the vote.

MI-05 Republicans Allen Hardwick and Tom Whitmire face off to see who will run against incumbent Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee.

Hardwick leads Whitmire 53 percent to 46 percent.

Allen Hardwick is declared the winner of the Republican primary. He now faces Congressman Kildee in the general.

MI-06 Incumbent Republican Rep. Fred Upton is fighting a primary challenge from Jim Bussler.

Rep. Upton is holding the lead so far. With 30 percent of the precincts reporting, Upton leads Bussler 68 percent to 31 percent.

Race has been called for Upton. Paul Clements will be Upton's Democratic opponent; he was uncontested in his primary race.

MI-07- Rep. Tim Walberg (R) faces a challenge on the right from fellow Republican Douglas Radcliffe North.

With 19 percent of the precincts reporting, Mr. Walberg is way ahead of North so far, leading 78 percent to 21 percent.

Race has been called for Walberg. He'll face Democrat Pam Byrnes in the general election. She was unopposed in her primary.

MI-08 In the race to replace retiring Rep. Mike Rogers, Mike Bishop and Tom McMillin put their names forward; let’s see who clinches the nomination.

Mr. Bishop leads McMillin 57 percent to 42 percent, with 39 percent of the precincts reporting.

Race has been called for Bishop. His Democratic opponent will be Eric Schertzing, who came out ahead of a four-way race with 42 percent of the vote.

MI-11 David Trott is challenging incumbent Republican Kerry Bentivolio; will he survive?

Uh, this isn’t looking good for Rep. Bentivolio. With 51 percent of the precincts reporting, Trott is leading 66 percent to 34 percent.

Race has been called for Trott. His Democratic opponent will be Bobby McKenzie, who beat his rivals in a four-way race by netting 33 percent of the vote.


MO-1 - Martin Baker, Daniel Elder, and David Koehr are the three Republican candidates vying to the GOP nomination to take on incumbent Democratic Congressman Lacy Clay.

Baker is in the lead with 39 percent; followed by Elder with 35 percent; and Koehr with 25 percent.

Martin Baker has won the Republican primary, with 39 percent of the vote.

MO-3 - Republican incumbent Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer easily defeated his two GOP challengers, John Morris and Leonard Steinman, with 80 percent of the vote. His Democratic opponent will be Courtney Denton.

MO- 4 - Incumbent Republican Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler easily defeated her challenger John Webb, garnering 74 percent of the vote to Webb's 25 percent. She'll be facing Democrat Nate Irvin, who ran unopposed.

MO- 5 - Incumbent Democratic Representative Emanuel Cleaver is facing four challengers, Eric Holmes, Charles Lindsey, Mark Memoly, and Bob Gough, on his side of the aisle. Right now, Rep. Cleaver has 78 percent of the vote, with 16 percent of the precincts reporting.

On the Republican side, Jacob Turk, Bill Lindsey, Michael Burris, and Berton Knox are duking it out, but Turk is way ahead of his competition with 61 percent of the vote.

Turk has won the Republican primary and will face off against Congressman Cleaver, who ended up netting 82 percent of the vote.

MO-6 - Incumbent Republican Congressman Sam Graves faced three challengers this cycle. Republicans Christopher Ryan, Brian Tharp, and Kyle Reid weren’t able to topple Rep. Graves. He handily defeated all of them by nabbing 76 percent of the vote. Rep. Graves will face Bill Hedge who won the Democratic primary with 53 percent of the vote over his opponents, Edward Fields and Gary Crose.

MO-7 - With 46 percent of the precincts reporting, Jim Evans is leading 56 percent to 43 percent over his rival, Genevieve Williams, in the Democratic primary. On the Republican side, incumbent Republican Congressman Billy Long is leading 58 percent to 41 percent over challenger Marshall Works.

Billy Long has won the Republican primary, garnering 62 percent of the vote. He'll be facing Jim Evans. Williams seemed to have gained some ground, but not enough to claim victory; Evans won with 53 percent of the vote.

Editor's note: Bryan Barnett was removed since he bowed out of the MI-08 race. We apologize for the error.