Snyder wins in Michigan, Moran in Kansas; Rep. Kilpatrick loses primary

By Aaron Blake
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, August 4, 2010; 10:52 AM

By Aaron Blake

Self-funding businessman Rick Snyder (R) will face Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero (D) in the Michigan governor's race, and Rep. Jerry Moran (R) is very likely to become the next senator from Kansas after defeating fellow Rep. Todd Tiahrt in their primary.

Meanwhile, Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) became the fourth House incumbent to lose a primary this year.

Snyder, a former Gateway president who ran on the campaign slogan "one tough nerd," came out of nowhere to beat two seasoned politicians. He starts the general election as the favorite.

Bernero, who was backed by labor, won the Democratic nomination over state House Speaker Andy Dillon, while the upstart Snyder beat Rep. Peter Hoekstra and state Attorney General Mike Cox for his party's nod in the open seat being left by outgoing Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D).

Moran defeated Tiahrt in a surprisingly tight battle for the GOP nomination to succeed Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.). Moran led 49 percent to 45 percent for Tiahrt, who had the backing of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

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