Believe it or not, some important Super Tuesday primaries are taking place in six different states today. From Tea Party challengers to alleged stalkers to Clinton loyalists, here are some of the major plotlines.
Tea Party versus the GOP establishment
We are now in Year Five of the Tea Party's
insurrection against recalibration of the American political landscape. The continuing narrative is that as Tea Party candidates struggle to lock down seats, they've helped steer the Republican Party to the right.
But with Republicans angling to take back the Senate in November, the choices that voters in several states make today may echo for eternity. The GOP establishment wants to make sure candidates who win in May can also win in November. ABC News' Jeff Zeleny reports:
There’s no better example than Kentucky, where Mitch McConnell and his allies took seriously the challenge from Matt Bevin and squeezed off the oxygen to his campaign.
In Georgia, it's gotten pretty nasty between the old guard and the new as several candidates seek to replace Saxby Chambliss.
Businessman David Perdue looks like a good bet to make the runoff, as his outsider message is hitting home thanks to the heaps of cash he has spent on advertising. Chamber of Commerce-backed Rep. Jack Kingston and Sarah Palin-backed former Secretary of State Karen Handel are competing for a second spot, recent polls show.
The far-right candidates are flagging, which is good news for the Republicans, who will have to face the much-hyped Democrat Michelle Nunn in November.