Dems triumph despite DCCC primary snub

In another sign of just how high the Democratic tide was on Election Day, four candidates whose primary opponents were supported by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) went on to win anyway.

A fifth could join them if Democrat Larry Kissell defeats Rep. Robin Hayes (R) in a yet-undecided race in North Carolina’s 8th District.

Democrats John YarmuthJohn Allen YarmuthOvernight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Kentucky Democrat: McConnell's agenda driven by 'power without a purpose' MORE in Kentucky, Zack Space in Ohio, Jerry McNerney in California and Carol Shea-Porter in New Hampshire were all seen as less attractive options in tough districts early on. But Space and McNerney won thanks to corruption issues dogging Reps. Bob Ney (R-Ohio) and Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), while liberals Yarmuth and Shea-Porter appeared to benefit big from the national environment.


The National Republican Congressional Committee had sent out releases chiding its counterpart for failing to get its preferred candidates in those races.

The DCCC has said it was neutral in the Yarmuth and Space races, but DCCC leaders met with Yarmuth’s opponent and DCCC chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) gave $7,500 to Space’s opponent.

The DCCC also endorsed McNerney’s and Shea-Porter’s primary opponents.