Primary election: Colorado Republicans reject 3 Holocaust deniers for statewide position


In Colorado’s GOP Senate primary, voters rejected state Rep. Ron Hanks, who ran for the Capitol on Jan. 6 and, despite saying he didn’t enter in the building, continued to spread false allegations and debunk theories of voter fraud. Businessman Joe O’Dea will win the nomination to face Democratic Senator Michael Bennet, CNN projects.

And in the state’s GOP governor’s primary, Greg Lopez, the former mayor of Parker, outside of Denver, lost to University of Colorado board member Heidi Ganahl, projects CNN. Unlike Ganahl, who views Colorado’s election results as valid, though she avoided questions about the national results, Lopez said he believes Trump won the 2020 election. Ganahl will try to unseat the Democratic governor Jared Polis this fall.

Mississippi also provided a minor rebuke to Trump on Tuesday, with GOP Rep. Michael Guest defeating challenger Michael Cassidy, CNN projects. Guest had been attacked by his party following a vote to create an independent commission to investigate the deadly Capitol riot, but – after being taken down in the second round – is now on track to win another term. .

In Oklahoma, challenger Jackson Lahmeyer, an evangelical pastor, had criticized Republican Senator James Lankford, whom CNN projected to win the renomination, for his refusal to endorse Trump’s lies about the 2020 election.

The shadow of the Supreme Court’s decision last week overturning Roe v. Wade also hung over Tuesday’s election. During the Colorado Senate primary, O’Dea supported abortion rights in most circumstances, while Hanks argued for a total ban on the procedure.
Democrats across the country were also watching Tuesday’s turnout as they weighed whether the decision prompted a base demoralized by the party’s performance during President Joe Biden’s tenure.

The Republican primaries have also drawn some backlash from Democratic groups, which have sought to elevate GOP candidates they believe will be less viable in the general election. In the Colorado Senate race, Democrats had tried to boost Hanks, for example. In the gubernatorial race, they hoped Lopez would beat Ganahl.

It was a similar story, but with a different outcome, in Illinois, where former Aurora mayor Richard Irvin, the first black candidate elected to office, was the establishment’s pick to take on Democratic Governor JB Pritzker. But State Sen. Darren Bailey, who had Trump’s backing, will win the green light from the GOP, CNN projects.

Illinois primaries

Illinois was home to the largest and most competitive slate of congressional primaries.

Two of them are between incumbents who were dragged into the same seat during the state redistribution process. Democrats chose Rep. Sean Casten over Rep. Marie Newman, CNN Projects, this time to represent them in the new 6th District. Newman was criticized during the campaign for the potentially damning findings of an ethics investigation. (She denied the allegations against her.) The race must have been tight, largely because Casten’s current voters were mostly drawn to a different district.

On the Republican side, in Southern Illinois’ new 15th district, Rep. Mary Miller is expected to have beaten fellow incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis, who was considered the more moderate choice of the two. Miller, a college freshman, is a flamethrower Trumpist who, in a speech alongside the former president over the weekend, declared the Supreme Court’s Roe decision a « victory for white lives. » (A spokesperson claimed she misspoke and meant « right to life. »)

Three other Democratic primaries, including two for open seats and another involving a longtime incumbent, also vied for the headlines. In Chicago’s 7th congressional district, Representative Danny Davis will defeat challenger Kina Collins, a gun violence prevention activist, projects CNN. Collins, who lost heavily in a challenge to Davis in 2020, had the support of progressive groups led by Justice Democrats — and the fundraising power that comes with it — this time around, but that’s not the case. wasn’t enough.

Progressives succeeded in their efforts to gain influence in the Democratic House caucus by winning the nomination for the open seat in Illinois’ 3rd District, which includes areas previously represented by Representatives Chuy García, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Casten.

CNN predicts Rep. Delia Ramirez, who was endorsed by García, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will win a four-way race.

Campaign branches of the Working Families Party, Congressional Progressive Caucus, EMILY’s List, Indivisible and J Street have all spent significant sums in support of Ramirez, helping him survive Chicago Alderman Gil Villegas, which had the support of moderate outside groups, Democratic Majority for Israel and PAC mainstream Democrats.

In Chicago’s 1st District, Jonathan Jackson, a son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson, will win the Democratic nomination to succeed incumbent Representative Bobby Rush, CNN projects. Jackson, like Ramirez, had the support of García, Sanders and the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

The first day of the primaries in New York

It was also the first day in New York – the first of two, this one for the statewide contests, after a lengthy redistricting process pushed the congressional races to an end. august.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, a notable but unsurprising resolution after more than a year of nationwide speculation that he might attract a challenger from the left.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul faced voters for the first time at the top of the state rankings and will win the nomination, CNN projects, putting her on the path to becoming the first woman elected to the highest office in the state. ‘State.

Hochul took office last year after Andrew Cuomo resigned. She was flanked in the primary, left, by New York Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and, right, New York Rep. Tom Suozzi, but remained the frontrunner throughout the campaign.

At the end of the ballot, the result seemed less certain.

But CNN predicts that Hochul’s lieutenant governor, former Rep. Antonio Delgado, who took office just over a month ago, will be his running mate in November. Delgado was Hochul’s second choice for the job, coming on board last month after the resignation of his first choice, Brian Benjamin, who resigned after being charged with federal corruption. (He pleaded not guilty.)

Delgado beat out Ana María Archila, a longtime progressive organizer recruited to run earlier this year by the Working Families Party after leaving her position as co-executive director of the Center for Popular Democracy. Archila, though significantly outmatched by Delgado, has campaigned more actively and has deep connections from her New York base to more progressive enclaves around the state after years of advocacy work. Diana Reyna, a former city council member and vice president of the Brooklyn borough, is expected to finish third.

Hochul will face New York Rep. Lee Zeldin, who CNN says will win the GOP nomination in the general election. Zeldin, who represents Eastern Long Island, had the lion’s share of support for the state’s GOP establishment, but struggled during a tense and trying campaign featuring the former House aide Trump’s Blanche, Andrew Giuliani, son of Trump ally and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani; businessman Harry Wilson; and former Westchester County manager Rob Astorino.

Mississippi runoff

Republicans had three nominations to be determined in Mississippi after candidates in each race failed to secure a majority in their June 8 primaries.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell will win the nomination in Mississippi’s 4th congressional district, CNN projects, knocking out incumbent Rep. Steven Palazzo.

Palazzo entered the campaign facing a host of ethical issues, including an alleged misuse of campaign and congressional funds (he denied any wrongdoing) and criticism over his use of proxy voting. Still, he finished first in a field of seven candidates earlier this month.

But the opposition consolidated in Tuesday’s runoff, likely sending Ezell to Congress from the heavily Republican Gulf Coast district.

In the 2nd District, Brian Flowers and Ronald Eller are vying for a chance to face Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee.

This story was updated with additional developments on Tuesday.

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