Four states held primary elections on Tuesday and in one of the most-watched contests in South Carolina, CBS News predicts Russell Fry will win the 7th District Republican primary, defeating incumbent Tom Rice, who he voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.
Tuesday’s primary is hosting some of the most expensive election meetings of the fall.
Rice vehemently defended his impeachment vote, recently telling Politico that “I think it was one of the worst, if not the worst, things a president has ever done in terms of attacking the Constitution and separation of powers.”
Trump supported Fry in the race. The former president released a celebratory statement Tuesday night, calling Fry’s victory the “biggest news of the night so far is that Russell Fry beat impeachment master Tom Rice by more than 51%, so he WINS EVERYTHING.” no need for a run – off. ”
Fry on Tuesday night called it a “big night for Republicans” and thanked Trump for his support.
CBS News predicts Rep Nancy Mace won the Republican primary in South Carolina’s 1st District. Mace, a Republican freshman who turned South Carolina’s 1st District from blue to red, defeated the former state rep Trump-backed Katie Arrington, the 2018 GOP nominee for this district who lost to Democrat Joe Cunningham.
Mace voted to certify the 2020 election results and to keep Trump’s ally Steven Bannonfor failing to comply with a January 6 select committee subpoena. She was also outspoken against Trump’s conduct immediately following the January 6 attack.
Trump released a statement on Saturday stating that Mace is “despised by almost everyone” and said he “always fights Republicans and is not at all nice about it.” But on Tuesday night, Trump released a statement on Truth Social saying, “Katie Arrington was a long shot, but she ran a great race and performed very well. Congratulations to Nancy Mace, who should easily be able to defeat the his democratic opponent! “
Reigning Republican Senator Tim Scott faced no serious primary challenger on Tuesday and should easily win dark red South Carolina in November. But he has raised nearly $ 40 million so far, more than any other Republican.
Democrats Catherine Fleming Bruce, Angela Geter and state representative Krystle Matthews are competing to face Scott.
In the run for governor, Trump-backed Republican governor Henry McMaster defeated his main challenger, Harrison Musselwhite.
On the Democratic side, Cunningham, who lost his House seat to Mace in 2018, won the primary, defeating state Senator Mia McLeod and many others.
Also in the spotlight is Nevada, the state that officially gave President Biden enough electoral votes to win the presidency in 2020. Mr. Biden won the state by less than three points in 2020 and the state’s economy is been hit hard by inflation and the covid19 pandemic. Republicans hope to overturn the Senate seat and governor’s residence in the fall – and a number of Republicans are racing to succeed the limited-time secretary of state, who has refused to turn down the election results in Trump’s favor.
Trump-backed Adam Laxalt won the Republican nomination in the US Senate in Nevada. Laxalt succeeded current Democratic Senator Catherine Cortez Masto as state attorney general.
Laxalt, who lost his run for governor in 2018, has had the approval of several high-profile Republicans, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump Jr., who came to Nevada. to campaign with Laxalt.
Cortez Masto won the Democratic primary. She has already raised large sums before November – nearly $ 20 million in the past year – and went to the primary with over $ 9 million in cash on hand.
Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak won the Democratic primary for governor. Sisolak, elected in 2018, was the first Democrat to win the governor’s palace in more than 20 years.
Fifteen Republicans are in the primary runoff for governor. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, former boxer Joey Gilbert, former US Senator Dean Heller, North Las Vegas Mayor John Lee, and entrepreneur Guy Nohra are leading the chart so far.
Jim Marchant won the Republican primary for Nevada Secretary of State. A former state lawmaker, Marchant told the Wall Street Journal last year that he didn’t know if Mr. Biden had won the state in 2020 and “wouldn’t have certified” the election.
Marchant also told The Guardian that he would be willing to send an alternative list of voters to Congress in 2024. He also falsely claimed that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him and Trump. Marchant lost to rep Steven Horsford and unsuccessfully challenged the results.
Marchant and another contender, former Clark County District Court Judge Richard Scotti, said they would push for decertification of the Dominion voting machines, which are used by nearly every county in Nevada. The machines have been at the center of some electoral conspiracies, and the company has filed a lawsuit against some high-profile figures spreading those claims.
Republican Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, who has a limited term, has suffered backlash from Trump supporters since the 2020 election, including party state censorship. There was no credible evidence of widespread fraud that could have changed Nevada’s results.
In Nevada’s 1st Congressional District, incumbent Democratic Representative Dina Titus won the primary. You defeated the progressive Amy Vilela, supported by Senator Bernie Sanders.
In the 2nd district, national Republican groups were involved to support Congressman Mark Amodei in the primary. Amodei is challenged by Danny Tarkanian, a Douglas County Commissioner who has had unsuccessful Congressional nominations for the past decade.
In the special election to fill the remainder of the Filemon Vela Democratic Republic’s term in Texas’s 34th District, Republicans took a short-term victory with Republican Mayra Flores garnering enough votes, 50% of the total turnout, to win the tender outright to hold the venue until January. Vela resigned in March to work for a lobbying company.
Republicans are hoping Tuesday’s victory will give them an edge to turn the district upside down in November, where Flores will face Democratic Republic Vicente Gonzalez. Although the district lines will be more democratic in November than the version used in the special elections, victory comes as Republicans continue to invest in their awareness with Hispanic voters in this region and across the country on issues such as the economy and the ‘immigration.
The Flores and Republicans groups spent nearly $ 1 million on publicity for special elections, while the Democratic national groups devoted only a fraction of their resources to running.