4 things to watch on the last day of the 2022 primaries
Delaware will also vote on Tuesday, though it is home to only one contested statewide race, the Democratic primary for the listener. The House primaries have been called off, with Democratic Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester set to face Republican Lee Murphy in a rematch of their 2020 general election clash.
Here are four things to watch on the last day of the 2022 primaries:
Republicans sweat NH GOP Senate primary
The past few months have been difficult for Republicans seeking control of the Senate in January. And Tuesday’s primary could be the final blow.
Bolduc has shown little fundraising ability — he’s raised less than $600,000 as of Aug. 24, compared to Hassan’s $31.4 million — and has a propensity for speaking provocatively, even about Republican operatives who know him. many describe him as a “coward”. cannon.”
“He’s not a serious candidate. He really isn’t,” popular Republican Gov. Chris Sununu told WGIR in August. “If he were the candidate, I have no doubt that we would have a much harder time trying to win that seat back. So, I don’t take him seriously as a candidate. I don’t think most people do.”
Swing-seat Democrats await opponents in both New Hampshire House districts
Republicans Matt Mowers and Karoline Leavitt are the primary favorites. Both worked for Trump — Mowers in his 2016 campaign and at the State Department, and Leavitt in the White House press shop — and both are fully in tune with the former president’s agenda.
But where Mowers is more cautious and measured, Leavitt largely emulated the abrasiveness and aggressiveness that defined Trump’s political style.
While Mowers said in a recent debate that he had “confidence in the New Hampshire election,” Leavitt pushed Trump’s election lies, saying “the 2020 election was undoubtedly stolen from President Trump. “. And when debate moderators asked if they would vote to impeach Biden, Mowers called for hearings on the issue, where Leavitt said an unequivocal yes.
In the state’s other district, which is slightly more Democratic-friendly, Democratic Rep. Annie Kuster is seeking a sixth term. She will likely face Keene Mayor George Hansel or former Hillsborough County Treasurer Robert Burns, top contenders in a crowded GOP field.
Burns is the more conservative of the pair (Hansel describes himself as ‘pro-choice’), prompting a Democratic outside group to spend on ads ostensibly attacking him – but really designed to raise his profile with Republicans. The district is widely seen as a draw for now, but that could change with Tuesday’s results.
Rhode Island’s new governor passes his first test on the ballot
McKee took office last year during his second term as lieutenant governor after Raimondo left to serve as President Joe Biden’s secretary of commerce.
Running for a first full term for the top job, McKee faces a handful of Democratic challengers, including Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea; Helena Foulkes, former CVS Health executive; former Secretary of State Matt Brown, who leads a slate of progressive candidates in the ballot aimed at ousting establishment leaders; and Luis Daniel Muñoz, doctor.
McKee is seen as a marginal favorite, with Gorbea most likely to pass him. Incumbent’s main weakness may be an ongoing federal investigation into a contract awarded by the state to a consulting firm with ties to a McKee ally. (The governor denied any impropriety.)
Both McKee and Gorbea were outraged by Foulkes, who bolstered his account by investing more than $1 million of his own money in the campaign, and in an ad promoting his education policies, said promised not to seek re-election “if our children are not back on track by the end of my mandate.”
Gorbea, who is Puerto Rican, was the first Latina to win statewide office and would make history again if elected governor. The winner of the primary, no matter who emerges, will be the clear favorite over the Republican nominee.
Rhode Island Democrats choose their candidate for open house race
Langevin’s decision to step down from the 2nd District seat, which covers the western half of the state, at the end of his 11th term sparked a heated primary to face presumptive Republican nominee Allan Fung, the former mayor of Cranston , which occurs without opposition.
Rhode Island Treasurer General Seth Magaziner is the frontrunner in the Democratic contest heading into Election Day. He dropped out of a gubernatorial bid to run for the House seat, has Langevin’s endorsement, and is at the forefront of fundraising.
Former State Rep. David Segal is the progressive leader in the race and has typically been second in tandem with Sarah Morgenthau, who served in the Obama and Biden administrations. She argued that, following the quashing of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court, the time has come for the state to elect its first female Democrat to Congress.
But Morgenthau isn’t the only woman in the primary. Joy Fox, a former assistant to Langevin and Raimondo, bragged about her time working with the former governor.
The winner will be favored in a district Biden won in 2020. It’s still more competitive than 1st, where Democratic Rep. David Cicilline will be a heavy favorite over Republican Allen Waters, both unopposed in the primary.