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article imagePrimaries in NY, OK, and UT Tuesday watched for 'Brat effect'

By Ralph Lopez     Jun 22, 2014 in World
An unknown candidate's victory over a powerful and vastly better-financed incumbent has election-watchers keenly interested in party primaries this Tuesday. In New York, Oklahoma, and Utah incumbents from both parties face challenges.
Earlier this month college professor Dave Brat easily beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a Republican primary victory which turned the political world on its ear. Brat was outspent by over 40 to 1, with Cantor spending over $4 million, mostly for television ads. Brat could not afford television ads.
Brat stormed the primary by being against Obama's Common Core curriculum, which, among other things, does away with teaching cursive writing. Brat opposed any bank bailouts, incursions on individual rights such as NDAA military detention of US citizens, and illegal immigration.
In upstate New York's 22nd District incumbent Richard Hanna faces a challenge from New York State Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney. The National Review Online asks "Is Claudia Tenney the Next David Brat?" The popular website Politico.com analyzes a number of races searching for signs of an upset in the making, in an an article entitled "The Next Dave Brat?"
The new excitement around congressional primaries, ordinarily sleepy, little-reported affairs unless a major personal scandal is involved, seems to result from a realization that money does not necessarily determine the outcome of a race.
Tuesday June 24th, 2014 Primaries (Partial)
[STATE] [DATE OF PRIMARY]
[District]
DEM=DEMOCRAT REP=REPUBLICAN
New York
NY-5
MARTHONE, JOSEPH R, DEM CHALLENGER
MEEKS, GREGORY W., DEM INCUMBENT
NY-22
TENNEY, CLAUDIA, REP CHALLENGER
HANNA, RICHARD, REP INCUMBENT
NY-26
EGRIU, EMIN EDDIE, DEM CHALLENGER
HIGGINS, BRIAN, DEM INCUMBENT
Oklahoma
OK-2
ROBERTSON, DARREL, REP CHALLENGER
MULLIN, MARK WAYNE, REP INCUMBENT
OK-3
TIMOTHY RAY MURRAY, CHALLENGER
HUBBARD, ROBERT S, REP CHALLENGER
LUCAS, FRANK D., REP INCUMBENT
OK-4
FLATT, ANNA, REP CHALLENGER
COLE, TOM, REP INCUMBENT
Utah
UT-1
CHIU, DAVID YU-LIN, REP CHALLENGER
BISHOP, ROBERT, REP INCUMBENT
UT-2
HARTMAN, ZACHARY, A REP CHALLENGER
HATTON, VAUGHN, REP CHALLENGER
MEYERS, LARRY MICHAEL, REP CHALLENGER
STEWART, CHRIS, REP INCUMBENT
UT-3
HEDENGREN, MARK, REP CHALLENGER
STEVENS, ROBERT J., REP CHALLENGER
CHAFFETZ, JASON, REP INCUMBENT
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