The following Bottom Lines have been updated following this week's primaries in Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota, Vermont and Wisconsin.
Democrat Chris Murphy won this open seat in 2012 with 55 percent of the vote, despite being outspent by a nearly 5-1 margin by former WWE CEO Linda McMahon. Murphy’s bid for a second term will be a cakewalk; he will face Republican nominee Matthew Corey, a window washer who also owns a bar. Corey had the party’s endorsement, which helped him defeat his better-funded opponent in the Republican primary. He trounced Dominic Rapini, an account manager for Apple, 77 percent to 23 percent. The race is in the Solid Democratic column.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono was first elected to this seat in 2012 to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. She defeated former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, 63 percent to 37 percent, as then-President Barack Obama carried the state with 71 percent. Hirono’s election made her the first Asian-American woman and the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate. She spent much of last year being treated for
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