Thirty-one states have now held their 2014 primaries, and all but one of those 31 have finished their runoffs as well (the exception is not, as you might guess, a southern state, but California, where the November general election is technically a “top two” runoff). There’s nothing on tap next Tuesday, but a lot of activity the following week: primaries in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington on August 5, then Tennessee on Thursday, August 7, and Hawaii on Saturday, August 9.
The competitive Senate primaries in that batch are a GOP tilt in KS, where veteran incumbent Pat Roberts is holding a healthy but possibly shrinking lead against conservative activist Milton Wolf, and a special Democratic primary in HI to complete the term of the late Daniel Inouye, where interim Sen. Brian Schatz is facing a serious challenge from Rep. Colleen Hanabusa. Tea Party types also hope Joe Carr, campaigning almost exclusively on the immigration issue, could throw a scare into Lamar Alexander in TN.
Next week we’ll focus on general election developments, and perhaps some early 2016 speculation or polls.