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Florida Primary Election

Voters in five states are heading to the polls for primary elections, and it's shaping up to be a good night for candidates backed by Washington.

That's a change from other recent primaries where voters tossed out incumbents and chose outsiders to represent them on Capitol Hill.

In Arizona, the tea party hoped to oust Senator John McCain, but the once self-described "maverick" ditched his presidential campaign nickname, pushed his 'conservative' credentials, and looks poised to beat his opponent, JD Hayworth.

A CBS Political Analyst, John Dickerson, says "If you're an incumbent and you spend the money and you work hard at it - you can survive."

This year, many candidates have used the strategy of distancing themselves from the Washington establishment.

But the insider label may not hurt Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski. Her senate primary opponent, Joe Miller is trailing in the polls, even though he has the backing of so-called "renegade" and tea party supporter, Sarah Palin.

Come November, majorities in the house and senate are up for grabs. Tuesday leaders from each party made their case about why 'theirs’ should be the one in charge.

Republican Representative John Boehner said, “It's time to put grown-ups in charge. It's time for people willing to accept responsibility."

Vice President, Joe Biden said, "Mr. Boehner is nostalgic for those good old days but the American people are not. They don’t want to go back they want to go forward."

President Obama made his case on a coast-to-coast campaign swing last week supporting democrats in tough fights. But how much that support will help remains to be seen. A new poll released on primary day shows 52-percent of Americans disapprove of the job he's doing. That's the lowest approval rating he's had -- since taking office.


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