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article imageCongressmen barely squeak by primaries, more to come

By Ralph Lopez     Jun 27, 2014 in World
In last Tuesday's round of primaries, two long-term incumbents and one relative newcomer barely held onto their seats despite far greater campaign spending than their opponents.
One challenger, Adriano Espaillat, has still not conceded in his race against New York congressman Charlie Rangel, and is awaiting the counting of all absentee and affidavit ballots. In each case, the challengers failed to unseat the incumbents by roughly three percentage points.
In upstate New York, State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney garnered 47% of the votes to incumbent Richard Hanna's 53%, in the Republican primary, despite being outspent by a margin of 10 to 1. In Colorado, former Air Force General Bentley Rayburn gave four-term Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn a close shave, with the Colorado Springs Gazette reporting:
"Congressman Doug Lamborn showed his vulnerability Tuesday night, winning his GOP primary by a slim 4 percent margin over his perennial challenger Bentley Rayburn, a retired Air Force two-star general."
In his first race for the seat Lamborn was accused of colluding with the Christian Coalition to distribute flyers associating his opponent with "public support for members and efforts of the homosexual agenda."
And in New York City, the third-longest serving member of the House, Charlie Rangel, held onto his seat by a few points.
Lamborn goes on to face the winner of the Democratic primary in the general election.
The Republican challengers ran on platforms with items in common such as opposition to the Common Core curriculum, which does away with the teaching of cursive writing. The Democratic challenger to Rangel, Adriano Espaillat , is a New York state senator whom Rangel once called a "punk."
The next primary elections in 2014 are on August 5, 2014: Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington. New York, where Rangel's and Hanna's primaries took place, Michigan, and Washington State all have paper ballot voting, considered by voting experts to be the least susceptible to corruption and fraud. Colorado has paper ballots with an option to use electronic voting machines which dispense a "voter verified paper audit trail," also considered relatively secure. Kansas and Missouri still employ some systems with no verifiable paper audit trail, according to VerifiedVoting.org.
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