Longtime Congress members Charlie Rangel and Orrin Hatch have survived their respective primary challenges, the first competitive races for both candidates in many years. Rangel will win the Democratic primary for the 13th congressional district in NY and Orrin Hatch will win the Republican Senate primary in Utah, the AP projects.
Rangel, 82, faced a competitive primary challenge from state Sen. Adriano Espaillat. Rangel, who has served in Congress for 42 years, has had his share of scandal in the past several years- he was found guilty of 11 ethics violations and censured by the House of Representatives in 2010- but the conventional wisdom was that his primary contest was competitive because his district was redrawn this cycle. In the end, Rangel, who was better financed and had much stronger name recognition, pulled out another victory.
Hatch faced a primary challenge from tea party candidate Dan Liljenquist- his first primary challenge in more than 30 years. Hatch, 78, also enjoyed much stronger fundraising than his challenger. Recent polling leading up to the primary indicated that Hatch had a strong lead heading into today’s contest.
Both men are expected to coast to victory in the general election, meaning that for the foreseeable future, these two institutions of Congress will remain in Congress.
Today’s contest also marked the official end of the GOP Presidential primary cycle. Utah held the final Republican presidential voting contest. With about 28 percent of precincts reporting, Romney has received over 90 percent of the vote.