June 1 Primaries

We have three states to keep us focused on Election 2010 and the Congress, as voters go to the polls today in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico.  Will we have any incumbents dumped by the side of the road?

First, a quick review for those keeping score at home.  So far, two Senators won't be back, Bob Bennett (R-UT) and Arlen Specter (D-PA).  One House member was sent packing, Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV).

The most endangered incumbent today is Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL).  His problem?  He switched from the Democratic side to the Republican last December.

Of the six Congressional incumbents running for re-election in Alabama, three have no primary opponent today.  Two others have opposition, but have outraised that person by huge amounts of money.

And then there is Congressman Parker Griffith.

"I am announcing today that I'm joining the Republican conference immediately," Griffith said just before Christmas of last year, when he switched parties.

Griffith has two others running against him in the GOP primary, which could help to split the anti-incumbent vote, but it could also hold down his vote - and that's important in Alabama, because you need 50% plus one vote to avoid a runoff election.

Based on money raised for this race, the biggest threat to Griffith is businessman Les Phillip, though Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks may also grab a chunk of votes tonight.

Another race of interest is the primary for Governor where Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL) is trying to become the first black ever to be elected to that office in the Yellowhammer State.

In the state of Mississippi, there are four incumbent members of the House up for election, but all four have no primary opposition.

The story is the same in New Mexico, where the three House members from the Land of Enchantment all have no opponent in today's primary.

So that leaves only one race to watch, from Alabama, where Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL) will try not to become the "Reverse Arlen Specter" at the ballot box tonight.

We have three states to keep us focused on Election 2010 and the Congress, as voters go to the polls today in Alabama, Mississippi and New Mexico.  Will we have any incumbents dumped by the side of the road? First, a quick review for those keeping score at home.  So ...