Romney wins Kentucky, Arkansas primaries; Obama edges out ‘Uncommitted’ and John Wolf respectively

Yesterday, Mitt Romney, as expected, won the Kentucky and Arkansas GOP presidential primaries:

Mitt Romney won the Republican primary in Kentucky on Tuesday, a victory that puts him within striking distance of clinching the Republican presidential nomination.

CBS News projects that Romney will, as expected, also win Tuesday’s GOP primary in Arkansas.

With nearly all precincts reporting in Kentucky, Romney had 67 percent of the vote. Ron Paul was in second place with 13 percent, below the 15 percent threshold he needed to win delegates in the state.

On the Democrat side, President Obama faced a formidable primary challenge in Kentucky from a candidate named Uncommitted:

President Obama lost more than 40 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s Kentucky Democratic primary to the “uncommitted” option — the latest example of the incumbent president failing to win votes in an uncompetitive primary.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting in the Bluegrass State, Obama led “uncommitted” just 58 percent to 42 percent. Obama trailed in more than 60 Kentucky counties.

It was just the latest episode of the president taking less than 60 percent of the vote in a primary this year.

He ceded 41 percent of the vote in West Virginia to an incarcerated man in Texas named Keith Judd, and in Oklahoma, Obama lost several counties and won just 57 percent of the vote.

In the Arkansas Democrat primary, Obama leads Democrat challenger John Wolf by a similar margin (about 58-42 as it stands now).

If Obama had faced a primary challenge from a Democrat who actually has name recognition he could have very well already lost two or three primaries. Biden’s probably already afraid that “Uncommitted” will replace him on the ticket.

Also, in a Kentucky congressional primary race, the Tea Party has scored another win:

Tea Party-backed Republican Thomas Massie won a hotly contested House primary in Kentucky on Tuesday, edging out an establishment candidate and putting him on an almost certain path to election in November.

With 74 percent of precincts reporting, Massie took 45 percent of the vote, with state Rep. Alecia Webb-Edgington (R) taking second with 30 percent. Republican Gary Moore, an elected county official, came in third with 17 percent.

Massie, also a county official, had been endorsed by Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Mike Lee (R-Utah) and the Club for Growth. Much of the establishment support had lined up behind Webb-Edgington, while social conservatives were rallying behind Moore.

All three were considered relative newcomers to the Kentucky political scene.

Massie heads into the general election in solid shape to replace retiring Rep. Geoff David (R-Ky.). The district leans heavily Republican, and Democrats have not indicated they intend to contest the seat.

Last but not least, somewhat of a disappointment: Sarah Palin has endorsed Orrin Hatch.

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