Democratic Reps. Russ Carnahan of Missouri and Hansen Clarke of Michigan learned Tuesday that their congressional careers will be ending this January following losses in two primary races that pitted incumbents against each other.
Redistricting is what prompted each intraparty battle.
In Missouri, Carnahan found himself running in the redrawn St. Louis-area 1st District, territory mostly represented by fellow Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay. And the results reflected this: Clay ended up trouncing Carnahan, 63 to 34 percent.
Racial politics factored into the election with Clay, who is black, and Carnahan, who is white, each courting black voters and arguing they would best represent that constituency. Clay also portrayed Carnahan as too conservative for the district.
Clay is now strongly favored to win this fall's general election in the Democratic-leaning district.
In Michigan, freshman Rep. Hansen Clarke of the current 13th District lost to Rep. Gary Peters of the 9th District, 29 to 39 percent. The candidates were competing in the newly drawn Greater Detroit-area 14th District, one of Detroit's two majority-minority districts, which the 1965 Voting Rights Act designated to contain a majority of the state's minority voters.
Peters successfully fought to win local support despite not hailing from Detroit. There's a very good chance Peters will win the race in November as well.