READ IN, Wednesday, June 25, 2014: Cochran edges out McDaniel, Rangel claims victory, Syrian aircraft bombed Sunni targets in Iraq and Cuban voters aren’t as Republican as they used to be

A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.

-- Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) edged out state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) Tuesday in one of the nastiest, most competitive Senate primaries in recent memory. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cochran beat McDaniel 50.9 percent to 49.1 percent in a runoff. McDaniel was defiant in defeat, not mentioning Cochran’s name or conceding. (Washington Post, Jackson Clarion-Ledger) Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, Rep. James Lankford cruised to victory in the GOP Senate primary over former state House speaker T.W. Shannon. (Oklahoman)

-- Mississippi stat of the day from @pbump: Runoff turnout in the 24 counties with a black population of 50 percent or more was up almost 40 percent from the primary. In all other counties, turnout was up just 16 percent. Cochran and his allies courted black Democrats heavily in the runoff campaign.

-- 30,000 foot view: It was a very rough night for national tea party groups and leaders who backed McDaniel and Shannon and spent big money to help them.

-- Syrian aircraft bombed Sunni militant targets in Iraq on Tuesday. The move came a day after Israel hit targets in Syria. (Washington Post)

-- The Obama administration is trying to keep the pressure on Russia, coming up with plans to ramp up sanctions. But European allies who do not want their own businesses to suffer are not so keen on the idea. (New York Times)

-- The Obama administration set the table for the first exporting of unrefined oil from America in almost four decades. (Wall Street Journal)

-- Front Pages: WaPo leads with Maryland election results. NYT and USA Today front Cochran's win. WWSJ leads with its oil story and health-care.

National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.

-- Maryland: Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown easily won the Democratic gubernatorial primary. He will face former state Cabinet secretary Larry Hogan. Brown would be Maryland's first-ever black governor. (Washington Post)

-- New York: Rep. Charlie Rangel (D) claimed victory over state Sen. Adriano Espaillat just before midnight. As of early Tuesday, Espaillat had not conceded the race. Meanwhile, Rep. Richard Hanna (R) survived a primary challenge and former Paul Ryan aide Elise Stefanik won the GOP nomination in the 21st Congressional District. She was endorsed by Mitt Romney. (Washington Post)

-- Colorado: Former congressman Bob Beauprez won the Republican nomination for governor in Colorado, handing the GOP establishment a victory. He will face Gov. John Hickenlooper (D). Weld County District Attorney (and failed 2010 Senate candidate) Ken Buck won the Republican nomination for the seat being vacated by Rep. Cory Gardner (R), who is the nominee for U.S. Senate. (Washington Post)

--  Other notable results: Republican Curt Clawson won a special election to succeed former congressman Trey Radel (R-Fla.).(Washington Post) Former state Sen. Steve Russell and Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas advanced to a GOP runoff in Lankford's district. (AP)

-- Georgia: Rep. Rob Woodall (R-Ga.) will serve as a caretaker chairman of the Republican Study Committee until regularly scheduled fall elections. The current chair is Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who was elected majority whip last week. (National Journal)

-- New Hampshire: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) released eight years of her tax returns. The senator and her husband earned on average more than $474,000 per year and paid an average rate of 23.2 percent from 2006 through 2013. Former senator Scott Brown (R) released his tax returns last week, showing similar numbers to Shaheen. Brown and his wife averaged about $455,000 in income each year and paid a 23.6 percent rate. (AP)

DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.

-- President Obama will meet with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the morning and huddle with Senate Democrats in the evening. At 7:10 p.m. he'll deliver remarks at the League of Conservation Voters Capitol Dinner. In the afternoon, Obama welcomes NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson to the White House.

-- Vice President Biden will meet with Simgapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in the afternoon.

-- The House will meet at 10 a.m. It will consider the Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act and the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act. Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Derek Chollet will testify at the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee's hearing on "Libya at a Crossroads" at 2 p.m.

-- The Senate will meet at 9:30 a.m. It will consider the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

-- Press Secretary Prep: Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's Windsor decision, striking down the heart of the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Prop. 8. Get those statements ready.

TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.

-- Senate Majority PAC has reserved nearly $4.6 million in fall broadcast air time in the Colorado Senate race to help Sen. Mark Udall (D) against Gardner. The reserve covers the Denver and Colorado Springs media markets.

-- The Koch-backed group "Generation Opportunity" is launching a $900,000 ad campaign against Udall aimed at convincing young voters not to back him.

-- Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is up with a one-week, $27,000 buy on cable TV that runs through the end of the month.

The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.

-- Less than half (47 percent) of Cuban registered voters now say they identify with or lean toward the GOP.  A decade ago that number was 64 percent. (Pew Research Center)

B1: Business, politics and the business of politics

--  The Republican National Committee is poised to take the "next step" today in its process of deciding where to host the 2016 GOP convention. That may mean the list of four cities in the running — Kansas City, Denver, Dallas and Cleveland — will be reduced. (Kansas City Star)

-- Former Senate majority leader Trent Lott and former Senate Deputy minority whip John Breaux will head up head up the Squire Patton Boggs worldwide policy team.

C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.

-- Jeffrey Toobin takes a closer look at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.): "He has set up political-action committees to raise money, travelled to early primary states, like Iowa and New Hampshire, and campaigned for Republican candidates all over the country. His message, in substance, is that on the issues a Cruz Presidency would be roughly identical to a Sarah Palin Presidency." (The New Yorker)

C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work

-- Is this from the Mississippi Senate race, Scooby Doo, or John Grisham Book? Buzzfeed quizzes you. (Buzzfeed)

Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.

-- An Orange County, California jury indicted more than a dozen health-care providers, including a prominent Obama donor, in an alleged insurance kickback plot that caused the death of a young boy. (Los Angeles Times)

Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today

--  The office of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) said it will defend the state’s gay marriage ban in lawsuits filed in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. (Miami Herald)

Sean Sullivan covers national politics for “The Fix.”
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