May 18th, 2010
08:50 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Will anti-incumbent anger sway Senate primary races?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/05/18/tuesday.primaries/story.specter.gi.jpg caption="Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican-turned Democrat, is in a tight race with Rep. Joe Sestak." width=300 height=169]Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

Tonight we’re following three key primary Senate races that are being seen by many as a test of how deep and real the anti-incumbent mood may be. We’ll have reporters on the ground in Arkansas, Kentucky and Pennsylvania to bring you the very latest on the races. We’ll also draw, as always, on the breadth and depth of our political panel’s expertise. They’ll provide rolling analysis, including what tonight’s results could mean for the midterm elections in November.

We’ll also have the latest in the Gulf oil spill disaster, four weeks after the explosion that ruptured the well. Today BP released new underwater video showing oil and gas erupting from the blown-out well. It was recorded after the company inserted a pipe into the gushing well to divert some of the oil to the surface. Let’s just say the images aren’t comforting.

Meantime, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s office released a photo showing heavy oil coming ashore in his state while a NOAA official said aerial surveys showed some tendrils of light oil close or already in the loop current, which takes water south to the Florida Keys. In Senate hearings today. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was grilled by skeptical lawmakers. It was Salazar’s first appearance since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank. Tonight, we’ll hear from Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, who is now calling for a permanent ban on oil drilling leases for BP.

It’s going to be fast-moving night at 360. See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Connie Peterson

    To my mind, today's primaries are less about the Tea Party than about voters being sick of political pandering to lobbyists. We are demanding candidates who are not beholding to special interests on either side, and are SICK of partisan rangling. When we find a candidate who is willing to speak "truth to power" we are going to rally to support that person!

    May 18, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  2. Katie Myles

    Senator Spector has proven himself as a politician for the people in Philadelphia across the party line to meet human. He worked closely with the late Rev. Leon Sullivan to improve conditions all over the USA and in other countries. He is a man that honors the job to work for the needs of the people. As a Democrat I have always voted for him in the past. But this time we were unable to vote for him because we live in a different state.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm |
  3. Robert Stroney

    Arlen Specter, was Republican, now is Democrat, what's next – Independent? Sorta sounds like Joe Lieberman who like John McCain lost all credibility. McConnell – the old school of thought – needs to be retired just like we need to retire the entire fleet of old gas guzzling commercial aircraft and purchase all new Boeing – more fuel efficient – aircraft.

    Demanding times demand adaptability. Eat or be eaten. "Waste not...Want not." Mr. Obama is on target. We need to rebuild the mfg sector; rebuilding the manufacturing sector is the answer to job creation – for generations.

    Ultimately, All American's want both Parties to work together for the good of the Nation; no more negative rhetoric, Mr. Eric Cantor. Work together towards solutions; be a part of the solution.

    May 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm |

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