GOP Analyst: Cantor, Graham Will Survive Primaries

Tuesday, 10 Jun 2014 03:11 PM

By Courtney Coren

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia and Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina are both set to survive their elections against tea party challengers, as five primaries come to a head Tuesday night, says Republican analyst Matt Towery.

Primaries are taking place in Virginia, South Carolina, Maine, Nevada, and North Dakota, plus runoff elections in Arkansas.

Towery gave a rundown on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

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Cantor is facing off against economics professor and tea party challenger Dave Brat, who told Newsmax on Friday that he's confident he's "going to have a win on Tuesday."

Towery says that with the race in Virginia, there's been "a lot of heat, a lot of noise, but no defeat of Eric Cantor. In the end, we expect Cantor to win this race."

Even though the Virginia congressman was "roughed up a bit at their Republican convention," the general electorate tends to look a lot different from Republican conventions.

South Carolina

Graham is facing six primary challengers in the Palmetto State, but he was up by 40 points in a recent poll from Clemson University with 49 percent of the vote.

Towery says that even though the South Carolina senator is seen as a moderate by many of those in the GOP, he "is loved in the state of South Carolina, and no matter what anyone says or does, or no matter what Lindsey does, he seems to always bounce back and be able to have the heart and soul of the Republican Party there."

Graham will need to win 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff, which Towery says is "entirely possible" for him to achieve.

"If he doesn't make it, it'll be by 1 percent, but he'll come back in a runoff, and you'll see him return to the U.S. Senate," he added.


Democratic Rep. Michael Michaud is on the ballot to be the Democratic nominee for governor in the Pine Tree State, ABC News reported.

Democratic state Sens. Emily Cain and Troy Jackson are competing to replace Michaud in Maine's 2nd Congressional District.

Republican state treasurer Bruce Poliquin and former state Sen. Kevin Raye are competing for the same seat on the GOP side, and Raye is the current front-runner.


The congressional primary in Nevada's 4th Congressional District is considered the most competitive in the state with state assemblyman Cresent Hardy facing off against tea party candidate Niger Innis as they compete to take on Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford in November.

North Dakota

Voter turnout is expected to be low in North Dakota on Tuesday as there is only one statewide ballot measure to decide, along with local offices at stake, The Modesto Bee reported.


The runoff elections in Arkansas are for statewide offices with two Republicans competing to become the attorney general of the Natural State, two Republicans facing off to represent District 17 in the state's Senate, and two Democrats competing to represent District 16 in the state House, KARK Local Channel 4 reported.

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