Tuesday was a huge primary election day, with 12 states sending its voters to the polls.
The biggest question in several key races was whether the incumbent would keep their seats against anti-establishment stances and rhetoric among constituents.
In California, two businesswomen emerged from the GOP primaries for the November election. Carly Fiorina, former head of Hewlett-Packard will face incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer. Former eBay executive Meg Whitman won in the republican primary to face off against former Gov. Jerry Brown for the governor’s race in the fall.
Attorney General candidate Kamala Harris declared victory in the Democratic side; if she wins in November, she would be the first female California Attorney General.
Iowa reportedly hosted elections that would settle contests for governor, U.S. Senate and several congressional districts. Former Gov. Terry Branstad was named GOP candidate over a newcomer and will face current Gov. Chet Culver in the fall.
In Nevada, Republican state Assemblywoman Sharron Angle will challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the November. Angle was endorsed by the Tea Party.
Another Tea Party-backed candidate had a big win in South Carolina as well. Nikki Haley, whose campaign was besieged by sordid rumors still managed to come in first place. However, because Haley didn’t beat her closest opponent in the GOP primary for governor by 50 percent, she will face Rep. Gresham Barrett in a run-off election.