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Katie Britt will advance to a runoff in the Alabama Republican primary for Senate, but who she’ll face isn’t yet known.
If no candidate in a race in the state gets 50%+1 vote, the top two finishers advance to a runoff on June 21.
Nine-term Rep. Henry Cuellar is battling for survival Tuesday night in a fierce South Texas congressional race. Add that Pelosi supports him. There are just hundreds of vote difference in this bellwether race about reproductive rights.
“With the exception of the Republican primary for the Secretary of State, the undecided voters in our polling overwhelmingly backed the incumbent ticket,” Big Data Poll Director Richard Baris, told CMD.Press on Tuesday night. “At the top of the ticket, the second surge of early voters that polled so strongly for Brian Kemp, showed up.”
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp won his primary overwhelmingly defeating Trump-backed candidate David Perdue. Kemp will face-off democrat Stacey Abrams, who lost the 2018 governor’s race to Kemp by less than two percentage points.
Former NFL star Herschel Walker won the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. Walker had widespread support among Republicans, including the backing of former President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell. Walker will face off in November against U.S. democratic Senator Raphael Warnock who won his primary with over 95% of the vote.
Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who became a national figure after Trump pressured him in early 2021 to overturn Georgia’s election results, won his primary. Incumbent Attorney General Chris Carr also prevailed.
U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene easily defeated five fellow Republicans that showed her conservative Georgia constituents standing by her.
At her victory speech on Tuesday, Greene called for the impeachment of President Joe Biden and dismissed his election as the product of “fraudulent electoral votes.” She called pandemic mask and vaccine mandates “medical tyranny.”
“Sending me back to Washington will send a message to the bloodsucking establishment: It is we who will set the policy agenda for the next decade and not them,” Greene confidently told her supporters. “We’re going to start speaking the truth more forcefully and more loudly than ever before.”
Incumbent Governor Kay Ivey won the GOP gubernatorial primary fending off several primary challengers after right-centered candidates criticized her for pushing Alabamians to get vaccinated.
In the GOP Senate primary, former Alabama Business Council president Katie Britt, who also served as chief of staff to retiring U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, won. Shelby endorsed Britt early in the race.
Britt beat Rep. Mo Brooks, who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Then in March, Trump rescinded his endorsement after Brook’s publicly stated it was time to stop looking back to Trump’s 2020 presidential loss.
Coming in third was U.S. Army veteran Mike Durant, whose personal story is inspiring and recorded in “Black Hawk Down,” about his time in Somalia.
Former Trump White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders walloped her opposition in the Arkansas republican gubernatorial race with over 80% of the vote.
She is a favorite to win in the general election in November in a state that former President Donald Trump carried by nearly 28 points in 2020.
If Sanders wins in November she will serve in the office her father, Mike Huckabee, held for 10 years, and live in the governor’s mansion where she spent much of her teenage years.
At her victory speech, Sanders reminded her voters of the Texas tragedy where young children and teachers were gunned down on Tuesday.
“Every single life has value and the most vulnerable among us are the ones we should be fighting for and protecting the most,” Sanders said. “I can assure you that in my administration, that’s exactly what we will do. We will make sure that when a kid is in the womb, they’re as safe as they are in the classroom, the workplace, the nursing home, because every stage of life has value.”
Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson was prevented from running again due to term limits.
Sen. John Boozman has won the Republican primary in Arkansas, fending off efforts by challengers on the right after relying heavily on his endorsement from Donald Trump and the state’s top GOP figures.
Boozman is in the line to chair the Senate Agriculture Committee if Republicans win control of the Senate and he had the backing of groups like the National Rifle Association.
Boozman’s challengers included former NFL player Jake Bequette, who had the support of a super PAC that spent more than $1.5 million on ads, and commentator and indoor gun range owner Jan Morgan, who had been endorsed by Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.
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In the GOP Attorney General primary, controversial Attorney General Ken Paxton, who is seeking a third term, received 65.8% of the run-off vote beating Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the grandson of the late President George H. W. Busch, who garnered about 34%. He is the first in the Bush dynasty to lose a statewide contest.
Rep. Henry Cuellar was beaten by democratic progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros, an immigrant attorney, who turned 29 on Tuesday. Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and progressive organizations, Democratic women’s groups and labor unions endorsed Cisneros, who used to intern in Cuellar’s office.
Since neither candidate topped 50% in their March primary, they advanced to Tuesday’s head-to-head runoff to represent Texas’ 28th Congressional District.
The race is the clearest test to date whether the Supreme Court leaked opinion on Roe v. Wade may have an effect on 2022 mid-term elections. Cuellar is the last standing democrat who is publicly pro-life
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