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Paladino Wins GOP Nomination for N.Y. Governor

[11:25 p.m.] Political novice and tea party ally Carl Paladino has beaten the Republican designee in the race for the party's nomination for New York governor.

Paladino rode a wave of voter anger on his way to defeating former Congressman Rick Lazio. It's another blow to the GOP in a heavily Democratic state.

Paladino, a millionaire Buffalo developer, will now take on the popular and well-financed Democratic attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, in November.

Paladino lost to Lazio at the state GOP convention but then petitioned his way to the primary by securing 30,000 Republican signatures statewide.

N.Y. Sen. Gillibrand Easily Wins Primary

[10:35 p.m.] Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has easily won a Democratic primary challenge in New York from Gail Goode, a little-known lawyer for New York City.

Goode had little money, no big-name party support and was not considered a threat to Gillibrand, who was appointed last year to fill the unexpired term of Hillary Clinton.

Goode said she ran to give New York voters a choice.

Three Republicans ran in a primary to take on Gillibrand: Joe DioGuardi, a former congressman from Westchester County, former Long Island local lawmaker Bruce Blakeman, and David Malpass, a former Bear Stearns chief economist.

Robitaille Wins GOP Nomination for R.I. Governor

[10:24 p.m.] John Robitaille has won the Republican nomination for Rhode Island governor.

Robitaille is a former communications aide to outgoing Republican Gov. Don Carcieri. He defeated former state Rep. Victor Moffitt on Tuesday for the party's nomination.

Robitaille proposes tax cuts and a constitutional amendment to limit property tax increases.

He joins a crowded field in the general election including Democrat Frank Caprio, independent Lincoln Chafee and Moderate Party founder Ken Block are all running.

There was no Democratic primary because the party fielded only one candidate. Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 4 to 1 in Rhode Island.

Carcieri is finishing out his second and final term.

Johnson Wins Wisconsin GOP Senate Primary

[10:22 p.m.] A Wisconsin businessman who spent millions on a largely self-financed campaign has breezed into a November matchup with incumbent Sen. Russ Feingold.

Ron Johnson crushed small-business owner Dave Westlake in Tuesday's Republican primary.

Johnson had the state party's backing. Much of his campaign this summer was spent positioning himself against Feingold, the Democrat looking for his fourth term. The pair already have traded a number of TV attack ads.

Johnson is the president of Pacur, an Oshkosh-based plastics company. He has vowed to repeal health care reform and cut government spending.

Feingold has touted his record of independence and willingness to vote against the Democratic Party line.

Barrett Wins Wis. Democratic Nomination for Gov.

[9:46 p.m.] Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has easily captured the Democratic nomination in the Wisconsin governor's race.

Barrett beat little-known Milwaukee businessman Tim John in Tuesday's primary.

Barrett will face either Republican Mark Neumann or Scott Walker in the Nov. 2 general election.

Since Barrett didn't have a serious primary challenge, he has been able to save money heading into the general election. At the start of the month, Barrett had $2.6 million cash on hand, compared with $1.2 million for Walker and $430,000 for Neumann.

Barrett last ran for governor in 2002, when he lost in the primary to Jim Doyle. Doyle went on to serve two terms before deciding against seeking a third.

Ehrlich Wins GOP Nod to Face Md. Gov. O'Malley

[9:12 p.m.] Former Gov. Robert Ehrlich has defeated investor Brian Murphy in the Republican primary for Maryland governor.

Ehrlich's victory Tuesday sets up a rematch in November against Democratic incumbent Gov. Martin O'Malley, who easily won his primary race against two long-shot candidates.

Murphy, a 33-year-old political novice, was largely unknown until former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin endorsed him last month. Murphy ran to the right of Ehrlich, who is a moderate Republican.

Ehrlich ran on a pro-business and tax-cutting platform. The former governor was defeated by O'Malley when he ran for re-election in 2006.

O'Malley has been touting record investments in education despite tough economic times during his tenure.

Sen. Mikulski Gets Maryland Dems' Nod

[8:57 p.m.] Maryland's Barbara Mikulski has won the Democratic nomination for a fifth term in the U.S. Senate.

Eleven Republicans are vying for the right to challenge the Baltimore native.

Among the Republicans, Queenstown doctor and businessman Eric Wargotz is the most visible. His campaign ads portray Mikulski as a dinosaur called a "political insider-saurus."

Lamontagne Leads in New Hampshire Senate Battle


[12:05 a.m.] Tea party-supported Ovide Lamontagne seized an early lead in New Hampshire's Republican senatorial primary Tuesday night.

Lamontagne was gaining 42 percent of the vote to 37 percent for former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte, who had the support of party leaders. Ballots had been counted in 25 percent of the state's precincts.


Gov. Lynch Wins Democratic Nomination in N.H.

[8:26 p.m.] Democratic Gov. John Lynch has easily won his party's nomination in his bid for a fourth, two-year term.

Lynch said his top priority is helping New Hampshire businesses grow. He ran a television ad featuring businesses that benefited from jobs programs created by his administration. Lynch reiterated New Hampshire's traditional pledge to veto personal income or general sales taxes and said he was committed to keeping taxes low.

Lynch's opponents, state Rep. Timothy Robertson of Keene and former state Rep. Frank Sullivan of Manchester, had little money and name recognition.

Lynch will face the winner of the four-way Republican primary in November.

Stephen Wins N.H. Republican Governor Nomination

[8:43 p.m.] Former New Hampshire health Commissioner John Stephen has defeated three lesser-known opponents to capture the Republican gubernatorial nomination and will face Democratic Gov. John Lynch in November.

Stephen promised to cut state spending without raising taxes. Throughout his campaign, he focused his criticism on Lynch, who is running for a fourth two-year term. Stephen said the next governor would face a huge budget deficit because of Lynch's mismanagement.

Stephen is no newcomer to politics. He twice failed to win his party's nomination in the 1st Congressional District. This is his first attempt to win the governor's seat.

He defeated state Rep. Frank Emiro, businessman Jack Kimball and consultant Karen Testerman.

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