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Tuesday’s Primaries: Lincoln Triumphs in Ark.; Whitman, Fiorina Win in Calif.

Final results are still coming in from the 12 states with primaries Tuesday but a few headlining outcomes have emerged, notably that incumbent Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln has survived a challenge in that state’s Democratic primary to run for a third term.

Here are some key projections from the AP and major news organizations:

In one of the most closely-watched races of the night, Sen. Blanche Lincoln held off a challenge from Lt. Gov. Bill Halter to gain the Democratic nomination and seek re-election. In a political climate where the voters cite anti-incumbent sentiment and distrust of Washington, this result is being called one of the night’s most important. Lincoln had 52 percent of the vote in nearly complete Arkansas returns, to 48 percent for Halter.

South Carolina
Republicans will have a runoff vote June 22 to decide between gubernatorial hopefuls state Rep. Nikki Haley and Rep. Gresham Barrett, who are vying to succeed term-limited Gov. Mark Sanford. Amid a crowded field of candidates, Haley battled allegations of marital infidelity and relied on support from tea party activists and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to stay a front-runner in the race. She earned 49 percent of the vote to Barrett’s 22 percent, but state rules require a 50 percent threshold to claim victory.

Incumbent Gov. Jim Gibbons is headed to be an incumbent turned out of office, with Brian Sandoval claiming 57 percent of the vote for the Republican gubernatorial nomination with nearly half of precincts reporting. And Sharron Angle won the GOP nomination to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in November.

Meg Whitman, the former chief executive of eBay, is projected to win the Republican nomination for governor of California. Whitman will face former two-term Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown in the general election. On the U.S. Senate side, Carly Fiorina, a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, is projected to win that GOP nomination, setting her up to challenge three-term Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in the fall.

Elections were also held in Virginia, Montana, Iowa, Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota, Georgia and New Jersey. The New York Times has a full breakdown of the projected results by state here.

We’ll have more results, reaction and analysis on the Rundown Wednesday. For more results coverage and reaction, check NPR’s Political Junkie, Chris Cillizza’s Fix blog at the Washington Post, Politico and Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight.com.

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