LOS ANGELES — Primary elections in seven states on Tuesday will set the stage for House and Senate elections this fall, with many rivalries shaped by political divisions in both major parties and the continuing shadow of former President Donald Trump.
With Congress in control of Congress, a string of House Republicans face challenges from the political right, and some rivals embrace Trump’s baseless allegations of election fraud in his 2020 loss to President Joe Biden.
It does not appear that any of the current governors or senators are in immediate danger. In Iowa, several Democrats are vying for a chance to accept the Republican senator for seven states. Chuck Grassley, as the campaign demonstrated the rift between the two wings of the DPP and the establishment.
Former member of the Trump cabinet, Ryan Zinke, is seeking the Republican nomination in a newly created home district in Montana.
What to watch in Tuesday’s primary in California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota:
California is a Democratic bastion where the party holds every statewide office and its electors outnumber registered Republicans by about 2 to 1. Government. Gavin Newsom, US Senator. Alex Padilla faces unknown rivals.
But Republicans keep pockets of power in some areas of the US House of Representatives, which are expected to be among the most competitive races in the country.
In a Democratic-majority area in the state’s Central Valley farm belt, the Republic of the United States is a republic. David Valadao sees negative reaction to his vote to impeach Trump on Jan. 3. 6 The US Capitol Rebellion. Republican Chris Mattis has made Valadao’s vote the centerpiece of his campaign to oust him.
In a Democratic-leaning district north of Los Angeles, many Democrats are hoping to take on the Republican congressman. Mike Garcia, who is expected to advance into November with a Democrat in first place in the race. Garcia rejected the electoral votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania that were chosen for Biden and opposed Trump’s impeachment after the Capitol Rebellion.
The packed Los Angeles mayor’s race is shaping up to be a battle between Rick Caruso, the billionaire pro-business Republican turned Democrat and a board member of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and the Democratic Representative of the United States. Karen Bass, who was on Biden’s shortlist for vice president. If no candidate gets 50%, the first and second place winners advance to the run-off in November.
In another closely watched election, San Francisco voters are considering whether to summon County Attorney Chesa Bowden, a progressive Democrat whose critics say has failed to prosecute repeat offenders, amid widespread frustration with crime and homelessness.
Republicans have gained an advantage in the state over the past decade, and the Senate’s Democratic primary offers a glimpse into the minority party’s battle for importance.
Retired Vice Admiral. Michael Franken is in a competitive contest with the former Representative of the United States. Abby Finkenor in a bid to acquire 88-year-old Grassley, to which Trump agreed.
Finkenauer is a 33-year-old former state representative for two terms who argues that her youth and recent experience in Iowa make her better suited to challenge a Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1980. She has made state boundaries a key part of her campaign.
Franken, 64, is promoting a progressive agenda, including adding a public insurance option to the Affordable Care Act. He is from conservative western Iowa and argues that he could be more competitive against Grassley by getting close to the senator’s margins in Republican-majority areas.
Doctor Glenn Hurst, a small western Iowa city council member and Iowa Democratic Party leader for the rural caucus, runs to the left of Finkenauer and Franken.
Meanwhile, three Republicans are vying for a chance to run against Iowa’s only Democratic congressman, Rep. Cindy Axen.
United States Republican delegate. Stephen Palazzo faces his biggest challenger of all time after the Congressional ethics watchdog raised questions about his campaign spending.
A 2021 report by the Office of Congressional Ethics found “fundamental reason to believe” Palazzo, a military veteran serving on the Appropriations and Homeland Security Committees, abused his position by losing campaign funds, rendering favors to his brother and recruiting staff for political and personal errands. His spokeswoman at the time, Coleen Kennedy, said the investigation was based on politically motivated “false allegations”.
Among his six opponents are the sheriff, Mike Ezel, and Senator Bryce Wiggins. If no candidate wins a majority of the vote, the run-off will be held on June 28.
The other two Mississippi Republican Congressmen, Trent Kelly and Michael Guest, face primary rivals who support Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
It’s the first time since 1993 that the state will have two seats in the House of Representatives, after adding one to account for the growing number of Montana residents.
Technically, Zinke, Trump’s former home secretary, is in an open race for the new seat. But the former Marine is widely considered the de facto incumbent, having twice won elections for his other state seat in the House of Representatives before stepping down in 2017 to join the Trump administration.
His opponents draw attention to Zinke’s turbulent period at the agency, which was marked by multiple ethical investigations. An investigation found that Zinke lied to an agency ethics official about his continued involvement in a commercial real estate transaction in his hometown. He faced a smear campaign for his military service from the far-right wing of his party and questions about his residence after it was revealed that his wife had declared a home in California as her primary residence.
Among his opponents in the Republican primary is former state Moon. Al “Doc” Olszewski, the orthopedic surgeon and hard-line conservative who tried to portray Zinke as a “liberal on the inside.”
Three Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination: public health advocate Cora Newman, Olympic rower and attorney Monica Tranell and a former state congresswoman. Tom Winter.
In the other county of the state, the first deputy. Trump’s endorsement Matt Rosendale will be looking to fend off three primary Republican challengers.
A dozen districts of the House of Representatives on the ballot paper.
Trump said in 2021 that he would support a long-time Republican congressman. Chris Smith, but that never happened. The lack of endorsement didn’t stop conservative talk show host Mike Crespi, one of Smith’s Republican rivals, from claiming Trump’s mantle.
In northern New Jersey, former Senate Minority Leader Tom Keene Jr. He has the advantage in raising funds and supporting the creation of more than five competitors. Kane, son of a former Republican governor. Tom Keene, Sr., hopes for a rematch with the Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski, who won a close competition two years ago.
On the Democratic side, the US senator said. Bob Menendez’s son, Rob, is running for a vacancy due to the Democratic Representative’s decline. Albio Ceres. Menendez, the commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, locked up party support upon entering the race.
Five Republican candidates are competing to contest the Democratic government. Michelle Logan Grisham. The incumbent would prefer to keep her job in a state where Democrats control every statewide office and control the legislature.
Former TV meteorologist Mark Ronchetti and country representative. Rebecca Dow is the leading contenders for the Republican Party in a contest that addresses concerns about US border security, urban crime, inflation, and the education of race and ethnicity in a predominantly Hispanic and Native American nation.
Democratic voters are making a decision on a candidate for the state’s top law enforcement position to succeed Attorney General Hector Balderas. Albuquerque District Attorney Raul Torres competes against state auditor Brian Colon in an uphill campaign with few ideological divisions.
Three Republican incumbents face primary rivals vying for their political right.
Government. Kristi Noem, considered a potential White House frontrunner, is the favorite to win the Republican nomination. One competitor, state legislator Steve Hoggard, argued that Noem spent more time trying to build a national political image than focusing on her job at home. I mostly ignored him.
US Senator John Thun has faced Trump’s wrath after dismissing the former president’s election fraud allegations. However, no known competitor has appeared in trying to pick Thune. One of his opponents, Mark Morey, was among the crowd that demonstrated near the Capitol on January 3. 6.
In the House of Representatives, Republican legislator Tavi Howard is trying to unseat the Republican Rep. Dusty Johnson is in the state’s only neighborhood. Johnson touts his conservative voting record while retaining the ability to operate across party lines, but Howard has attempted to portray him as a foot soldier for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.