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August 24th, 2010
09:20 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Primary Battles in Five States

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight on 360°, we're following primary battles in five states: Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Oklahoma and Vermont. We'll have live coverage of the results and in-depth analysis from John King and other members of the best political team on television.

It’s been a dirty fight in Florida’s Senate primary between Democrats Rep. Kendrick Meek, from Miami and Jeff Greene, a real estate investor. Meek has questioned Greene's friendships with actress Lindsay Lohan and former boxer Mike Tyson and he called Green a "Meltdown Mogul" for making a fortune in the housing market. Whoever wins faces a battle against Gov. Charlie Christ, a Republican-turned-independent, and Republican Marco Rubio.

In Arizona, John McCain is facing the biggest challenge of his Senate career. McCain was forced to spend $20 million in the campaign against J.D. Hayworth, a conservative talk show host. Hayworth told CNN's Jessica Yellin, "Twice

denied the presidency, Mr. McCain believes that his place in history is to now become the lion of the Senate. Well, you only become the lion of the Senate by lying to your constituents in Arizona." A McCain spokesman responded, "Congressman Hayworth is going to lose this race. It's just sad that he's going down with such little dignity."

While in Alaska, incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski, is facing Tea Party candidate Joe Miller, who has the backing of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. In a robocall for Miller, Palin takes aim at Murkowski saying, "Lisa Murkowski has voted with the Democrats more than any Republican up for re-election this year. She waffled on the repeal of ObamaCare, co-sponsored cap and trade and voted for TARP." But is Palin's support of Miller personal? Some think so. Palin defeated Murkowski's father in the 2006 governor's race.

Those are just some of the races we'll be following tonight here in the U.S. We'll have those and much more tonight on the program. We're also tracking developments in Haiti where hip-hop Wyclef Jean is fighting to keep his presidential bid alive. He claims "trickery" is blocking his efforts.

You'll also hear from Shirley Sherrod, who said "thanks, but no thanks" today to an offer for a new job at the Agriculture Department. She still insists the White House was behind the decision last month to ask her to resign after a conservative blogger posted an edited video clip that made the false impression she did not help a white farmer. Will Sherrod now sue the government? Her answer tonight on 360°.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.


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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. J.V.Hodgson

    Sherrod she is bright she wants the fuss to die down, then she'll take something back at the Agriculture department.
    You know what this is all about democrats voting for democrats and Republicans voting for Republicans. At my own state level I care, after that I dont give a "whatever" because I have no influence nor should I!!
    I will have greatt interest in the House or Senate votes come November, in my district or Senate constituency.
    I "might" even contact friends In other states where I think there is something that needs avoiding like Sharron Angle in Nevada, and encouraging them to stand up and fight hard.
    Now media do not assume that makes me a Democrat or a Republican or an Independent, it simply says I have huge and strong disagreements with what Angle has proposed, and her nonsense response to media.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    August 25, 2010 at 5:03 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    Sherrod she is bright she wants the fuss to die down, then she'll take something back at the Agriculture department.
    You know what this is all about democrats voting for democrats and Republicans voting for Republicans. At my own state level I care, after that I dont give a "whatever" because I have no influence nor should I!!
    I will have greatt interest in the House or Senate votes come November, in my district or Senate constituency.
    I "might" even contact friends In other states where I think there is something that needs avoiding like Sharron Angle in Nevada, and encouraging them to stand up and fight hard.
    Now media do not assume that makes me a Democrat or a Republican or an Independent, it simply says I have huge and strong disagreements with what Angle has proposed, and her nonsense response to media.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    August 25, 2010 at 5:01 am |
  3. Sonia

    Ithink that it is possible for Replicans to win in the primary due to the fact many Afro-Americans wait to vote in only the Presidential Election

    August 25, 2010 at 1:43 am |
  4. pam

    John McCain won the primary because moderate Independents like myself could not risk the possibility of far right JD Hayworth on the general election ballot, so we pulled Republican primary ballots to vote for McCain, however, I like others, will be voting blue in the general.

    August 25, 2010 at 1:39 am |
  5. Wes Foster

    I think as an American's we should start to boy cot the companies that go oversea's because the tax's are cheaper or the labor is cheaper. And screw the republican's there the reason we are in the situation that we are in now.

    August 25, 2010 at 12:25 am |
  6. David, Indiana

    I think democrats have a case to make–they can say we saved the economy. It's not an easy pt to make but it's more solid than it seems.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:54 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    McCain a "lion of the Senate" – I just don't see it. Ted Kennedy was a lion of the Senate and part of that was his unchanging stance on the overall platform he represented for 40 years; McCain seems to flip-flop a lot. He can work in a nonpartisan way but consistency doesn't appear to be his forte.

    August 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  8. ed

    Shirley Sherrod will run for office somewhere, you can take that to the bank

    August 24, 2010 at 11:10 pm |
  9. John

    When will we stop hearing about Shirley Sherrod. It's time for her to disappear. Shirley, find yourself a reality show on some obscure channel, so we won't have to listen to your crap. Enough is enough.

    August 24, 2010 at 9:53 pm |