Primary elections: voter anxiety about crime and inflation will be tested

Voters in California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota cast ballots on Tuesday as focus shifted from major US Senate contests that dominated the May calendar — where former President Donald Trump’s influence has been tested time and time again — to competitive House races that will provide a window Over the voters’ intent to blame the ruling party for their current unease about the state of the economy and the country.
These dynamics are most evident in California, the overwhelmingly blue state where Democrats currently hold all statewide offices and control the congressional delegation. A new map drawn up by the state’s nonpartisan redistricting committee last year yielded as many as a dozen competitive House races in California, with Democrats optimistic about the prospect of pickups.
But Golden State voters are competing with the highest gas prices in the state and fearful of a surge in violent crime, as well as a crushing homelessness crisis that many say is getting worse, despite billions of dollars pouring in to build homes for them. who live on the streets. All of these issues surfaced in the converging races here, emboldening Republicans who tout the idea that things are getting out of hand. Under California’s “first two place” system, the two candidates who receive the most votes, regardless of party, will advance to the November ballot regardless of party.

Two high-profile local races in California’s heavily Democratic cities — the race to replace limited-time Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and efforts to subpoena San Francisco’s progressive district attorney Chiesa Bowden — also showed just how far the pendulum has swung from the 2020 session, when criminal justice was a central issue for Democrats after a police killing George Floyd in Minneapolis.

In San Francisco, Bowden’s progressive policies as a national advocate for criminal justice reform became a central point of contention as residents watched burglaries and carjackings increase — fueling calls for his ouster.

The Los Angeles Major raced as a United States Vice President for six terms. Karen Bass v. Rick Caruso is a shopping mall developer, a former Republican and billionaire who has spent more than $40 million directing his message that Los Angeles’ professional politicians are unable to tackle the rising crime or homelessness crisis. While Bass says it will restore the Los Angeles Police Department to its authorized strength of 9,700 officers — in part by hiring more civilians to free up 250 officers to return to street patrols — Caruso has promised to hire an additional 1,500 police.
Several Republican incumbents in California faced their own challenges on Tuesday as the various factions of the Republican Party continued to battle for dominance. United States delegate. David Valado, one of the 10 GOP members who supported Trump’s impeachment in 2021, faced a challenge to his right in his Democratic-leaning seat in Central Valley – the 22nd District of Congress. Former Fresno City Council member Chris Mattis said he decided to run because of the vote to impeach Valadao, but Trump did not participate in the race.

Republican Party representative. Yong Kim also faces stiff competition from her right wing in the newly drawn 40th district in Orange County from veteran Greg Raths, another Trump loyalist.

On the flip side, Democrats hope to use a GOP representative. Mike Garcia’s ties to Trump against him in California’s 27th district after redistricting made his Northern Los Angeles County seat more democratic. (Garcia voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential elections in Arizona and Pennsylvania.) Two Democrats, former State Assembly Representative Kristi Smith and Quay Quartey, a former Navy intelligence officer, are vying for the opportunity to seize him in November.

In Montana, Trump supports former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke – despite his controversial history – as the candidate attempts to return to Congress. The state won a second seat in Congress after the 2020 census results. Four other candidates face off in Tuesday’s Republican primary, including the former state senator. Al Olszewski and Reverend Mary Todd, while questions revolve around Zinke’s stay. Politico recently reported that Zinke’s wife claimed a home in Santa Barbara as her primary residence in tax records, but Zinke maintains that he lives in Whitefish, Montana.

In Iowa, the former representative of the United States. Abby Finkenauer leads the Democratic field in fundraising as it tries to take on the veteran Republican senator. Chuck Grassley two years after losing her re-election campaign to the Republican congressman. Ashley Henson. She confronts the retired Admiral of the Navy. Mike Franken and Glenn Hurst, a Minden city councillor, in the Democratic primary for the Senate. Finkenauer was in danger of failing to hold the ballot after a lower court in Iowa questioned some of the signatures of her petition for nomination, but eventually the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that her name could come out.

One of the most competitive races in Hawke State is in District Three, where the current Rep. Cindy Axney, the only Democrat in the congressional delegation, is hoping to take her seat in a district that Trump would have won by less than half a point. Among its potential Republican competitors in Des Moines is State Mon. Zach Noon, an Air Force veteran, and financial planner Nicole Hasso.

The other two competitive house races are set in Iowa. Republican Party representative. Marianette Miller Mix will face the Democratic Representative. Christina Bohanan in the new First District. In the second district, Henson will face the Democratic senator. Liz Mathis, who is also a former local television news anchor.

There are also several notable New Jersey congressional races. In the state’s Seventh District, Republican Tom Keene Jr., a former minority leader in the state Senate and son of the former New Jersey governor. Tom Keene, is the front-runner in the primaries as he seeks to challenge the Democratic Representative. Tom Malinowski in a swinging seat is becoming more Republican in redistricting.

In Northern New Jersey’s 8th District, Democrat Rob Menendez Jr., son of New Jersey Moon, is in. Bob Menendez, is well positioned to win the primaries as he bids for the waning Democratic Representative seat. Albio Ceres.

Current Republican Party representative. Chris Smith, who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, fends off a host of primary competitors in Central New Jersey’s Fourth District, including Mike Crespi, talk show host supported by Trump allies such as Roger Stone and Rudy Giuliani.
In South Dakota, the state representative. Tavi Howard challenges the representative of the Republican Party. Dusty Johnson for the state’s only congressional seat, and criticized him for voting to certify the results of the 2020 election for espousing Trump’s lies about that election. South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem, potential competitor in 2024, faces a key challenge from the country’s representative. Stephen Haugard, who accused her of not being conservative enough and spending too much time as governor over her ambitions for a higher position.

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