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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