Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennett and President Barack Obama

*Is he getting his groove back? Maybe. After embarrassing losses earlier this year, yesterday’s primaries were a big win for President Obama, argues The Daily Beast’s Mark McKinnon, former strategist to Bush and McCain.

In Colorado, Sen. Michael Bennet fought off a primary challenge from former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, who was endorsed by Bill Clinton and ran a harshly negative campaign. Obama backed Bennet, and the gamble paid off-it’s a huge psychological victory, and one that will have other candidates calling on the president to campaign for them again.

On the Republican side, ex-prosecutor Ken Buck beat former treasurer Jane Norton, a win for the Tea Party, but perhaps not for the GOP in this purple state. Norton would have had crossover appeal, so now Democrats have the advantage in the general election.

Georgia’s governor’s race was a showdown among 2012 contenders, with Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin endorsing Karen Handel while Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee endorsed the apparent winner, former Rep. Nathan Deal.

Across the country, Democrats nominated mostly insiders, while Republicans nominated mostly outsiders. November’s outcome will be decided based on whether the insiders are too inside or the outsiders are too outside.

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