ABOUT LAST NIGHT.
KS-SEN: Roberts - 48.1% Wolf - 40.8% Smith - 5.8% Zahnter – 5.4%
KS-GOV: Brownback - 63.3% Winn - 36.7%
KS-01: Huelskamp - 54.9% LaPolice - 45.1%
KS-04: Pompeo - 62.7% Tiahrt - 37.3%
MI-03: Amash - 57.4% Ellis - 42.6%
MI-11: Trott - 66.3% Bentivolio - 33.7%
KANSAS: The KC Star wraps Roberts' win: "Roberts’ victory marked a nervous win for the Republican Party’s mainstream, even as it showed the power of a tea party candidate to make an incumbent tack hard to the right. The race might have gone a different direction had it not been for votes drawn by two political unknowns crowding the primary — and had Wolf not been caught in a blunder possible only in the era of social media."
Incumbent Mike Pompeo also easily pushed back a challenge from former congressman Todd Tiahrt, while Tim Huelskamp hung on to his job in his rural district despite a controversial vote against the farm bill.
Those numbers for Gov. Sam Brownback don't look great, notes the Wichita Eagle. "There was little doubt Gov. Sam Brownback would win his primary Tuesday night, but his underwhelming victory could hint at big challenges in November after a significant number of Republicans voted against him and supported his grassroots challenger."
MICHIGAN: The Detroit Free Press writes that Justin Amash's win -- despite some big business opposition -- "showed just how popular Amash is despite alienating some powerful elements of the mainstream Republican Party."
Incumbent Kerry Bentivolio didn't fare as well, falling to well-financed businessman Dave Trott. It's not a big surprise for Bentivolio, the "accidental congressman," who "was thrust into the seat when former U.S. Rep. Thad McCotter abruptly resigned amid a scandal involving fraudulent signatures on re-election petitions after the filing deadline. And Bentivolio, a newcomer, was the only other Republican on the ballot."
After all that ballot drama, John Conyers is poised to become the dean of the House after beating his primary opponent.
WASHINGTON: The Seattle PI: "The Tea Party may have run out of steam across the country, but it was percolating last night in the 4th District of Central Washington. Ex-Washington Redskins tight end Clint Didier, making his third bid for office, was leading the pack of 12 candidates for the seat of retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings. He will face fellow Republican Dan Newhouse under Washington’s “top two” voting system."
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OBAMA AGENDA: Fed up
Our wrap of the new NBC/WSJ poll, from one of us(!): "Two words sum up the mood of the nation: Fed up. Six in 10 Americans are dissatisfied with the state of the U.S. economy, more than 70 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, and nearly 80 percent are down on the country’s political system, according to the latest NBC News / Wall Street Journal poll. The frustration carries over to the nation’s political leaders, with President Barack Obama’s overall approval rating hitting a new low at 40 percent, and a mere 14 percent of the public giving Congress a thumbs up."
Its own front in the Gaza conflict: How to tally the dead. The New York Times: "Even as the war appears to draw to a close, the battle over casualty statistics rages on. No other number is as contentious as the ratio of civilians to combatants killed, widely viewed, including in Israel, as a measure of whether the commanders in the field acted proportionately to the threat posed by militants — or, in the eyes of Israel’s critics, committed war crimes."
The cease-fire there does appear to be holding ahead of a round of talks in Cairo, the AP writes.
Our new NBC/WSJ poll showed that 44 percent of Americans say Israel's military actions are justified, versus about a quarter who say Israel has gone too far.
The New York Times profiles the general killed in yesterday's green-on-blue attack in Afghanistan, Maj. Gen. Harold Greene.
Senate Intelligence chair Dianne Feinstein is not happy with the redactions made by the CIA and the White House to a report on terror suspect interrogation.
"After declaring the surge of Central American migrants crossing the border a humanitarian crisis, the Obama administration has shifted sharply to a strategy of deterrence, moving families to isolated facilities and placing them on a fast track for deportation to send a blunt message back home that those caught entering illegally will not be permitted to stay," writes the New York Times.
OFF TO THE RACES: NRSC goes up in Georgia
NBC's Alex Moe in Iowa: "While Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has not officially declared a bid for the White House in 2016, his presidential ambitions were on full display here as he traveled across the first-in-the-nation caucus state. Paul kicked off a three-day swing thru Iowa on Monday, taking him to eight different cities along the way and several fundraisers for congressional candidates."
ARKANSAS: Senate Democrats are hitting Tom Cotton with an ad highlighting his vote against funding for pediatric research at an Arkansas hospital.
GEORGIA: The NRSC is hitting the airwaves for GOP Senate candidate David Perdue.
KENTUCKY: The National Journal's analysis: "Even Bill Clinton Can't Make the Kentucky Senate Race About Alison Lundergan Grimes. This heated contest has become a battle between Mitch McConnell and Barack Obama, not the Democrat on the ticket."
MONTANA: Is John Walsh out? POLITICO: “Montana Sen. John Walsh is engaged in internal deliberations with his political team about whether to stay on the ballot this year, sources said Tuesday, in the wake of a plagiarism scandal that has tarnished the appointed Democratic lawmaker’s standing.” The deadline for withdrawal is Monday.
NEW JERSEY: Cory Booker seems to be in good shape in his re-election bid, a new Quinnipiac poll shows.
NORTH CAROLINA: Three write-in candidates have met qualifications to have votes counted in the hotly contested North Carolina Senate race, the News-Record notes.
TENNESSEE: Lamar Alexander is closing out his campaign with an old-fashioned bus tour (with Fred Thompson in tow!), writes the Tennessean.
The AP previews Alexander's race against challengers including Joe Carr.
*** Wednesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews Fred Yang, Bill McInturff, Fmr. Israeli Amb. Michael Oren, PLO Mission Chief Maen Areikat, Gubernatorial nominee Paul Davis
*** Wednesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews registered dietician Ellie Krieger on the new gluten free label standards; and actor Sean Bean from “Game of Thrones” on his new TNT drama “Legends.”
*** Wednesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews former Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Save the Children USA Managing Director Mark Shriver, The Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson, U.S. Army Veteran Wes Moore, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza, Bloomberg Deputy Managing Editor Jeanne Cummings and NBC’s Chuck Todd and Pete Williams.