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Primary Watch: Iraq Vet Beats Incumbent Congressman

Seth Moulton delivers his victory speech Tuesday night. Moulton -- a former Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq -- beatincumbent John Tierney in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District.  (Joe Spurr/WBUR)
Seth Moulton delivers his victory speech Tuesday night. Moulton -- a former Marine who served four tours of duty in Iraq -- beatincumbent John Tierney in the Democratic primary in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District. (Joe Spurr/WBUR)

Seth Moulton, a 35-year-old Iraq veteran, ousted 18-year incumbent Rep. John Tierney in a Democratic primary in Massachusetts last night.

And former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown made a political comeback in New Hampshire, his new home state, after winning a Republican primary in a race that could decide control of the U.S. Senate in November.

WBUR Morning Edition host Bob Oakes joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss the races in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Meantime in the Rhode Island gubernatorial primary, Gina Raimondo beat out two big-name Democrats to take on Republican Allan Fung in November.

Raimondo is the state’s general treasurer and is known for crafting controversial pension reform. If elected, she will be the state’s first female governor and the first Democrat elected to the post since 1992.

Erika Niedowski, a reporter for the Associated Press, discusses Raimondo’s prospects with Jeremy Hobson.

Guests

  • Bob Oakes, host of WBUR‘s Morning Edition, a member of the Here & Now Contributors Network. He tweets @bob_oakes.
  • Erika Niedowski, reporter for the AP in Rhode Island. She tweets @eniedowski.

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