December 8, 2022

Primary election: Low turnout warns Democrats


Democrats faced new warning signs in two blue states Tuesday night as they try to cheer up their grassroots electorate and prioritize an intensely competitive election year.

In both California and New Jersey – the states with the major U.S. House races that could determine Congress control – initial measurements suggest a lower turnout, reflecting voters’ bitter sentiments about gas prices, rising crime and an uncertain economy.

Voter disenfranchisement was most evident in California, where nearly 22 million votes were mailed to every eligible voter. Despite the various competing house races – the first two vote-getters will advance to the general election regardless of party – and only several Marquee local contests, including the mayoral race in Los Angeles and the attempt to recall the San Francisco District Attorney. Although it was sent to voters weeks ago, 18% of the ballots were returned as of Tuesday. Vote tracking data From the California-based Political Data Intelligence Agency.

In New Jersey, some of the state’s voters chose to cast their ballots in a three – day window. Voting in person in advanceBut Secretary of State Tahesha Way noted In an interview with ABC News The process is new, which means it may take some time for voters to get used to it. Those early indicators, however, stand in stark contrast to higher turnout during early voting in states such as Georgia, where highly restricted new voting law has led activists to redouble their efforts.

With the exception of California and New Jersey, voters in Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota turned their attention away from the major U.S. Senate contests that dominated the May calendar, with voters registering primary votes on Tuesday – testing former President Donald Trump’s influence again. – For competing House races, provide a window on how much voters want They criticize the ruling party For their current unrest over the economy and the state of the country.

That dynamic is most evident in California, where Democrats now hold all statewide offices and dominate the congressional delegation. The new map drawn up by the state’s Non-Partisan Redetermination Commission last year has yielded up to ten. Competitive home races In California, Democrats were positive about the potential for pick-ups.

But Golden State voters are competing Maximum gas price Tensions are high in the country and with an increase in violent crime, as well as a Crushes the homeless crisis Although billions of dollars are being spent to build houses for those living on the streets, many say it is bad. All of those issues have emerged in close races in the state, encouraging Republicans to put forward the idea that things are getting out of control.

Two top local races in California’s Democratic cities – the race to replace Los Angeles Mayor Eric Corsetti and the attempt to recall progressive San Francisco District Attorney Sesa Powder – have proven how far the pendulum will swing from 2020. Cycle criminal justice has been a central issue for Democrats since the assassination of George Floyd police in Minneapolis.

In San Francisco, Bowden’s progressive policies as a national criminal justice reform lawyer have become the focus of controversy as residents have seen an increase in thefts and car thefts – sparking calls to evict him.

The LA Mayor Contest Six-time U.S. Representative Karen Boss competed against shopping mall developer Rick Caruso, a former Republican and billionaire who spent more than $ 40 million to direct his message that industry politicians in Los Angeles could not solve the rising crime or homeless crisis. While Boss says he will return the Los Angeles Police Department to its authorized 9,700 officers – Caruso has promised to hire an additional 1,500 guards to return to street patrols by hiring more civilians to partially release 250 officers.

Many California Republican incumbents faced their own challenges on Tuesday as various factions of the GOP continue to wrestle for supremacy. One of the ten GOP members who supported Trump was US Representative David Valdao 2021 dismissal, The new 22nd Congress District – faced a challenge on his right in the pro-Democratic Central Valley. Chris Mathis, a former Fresno city council member, said he decided to run because of Valadavo’s resignation, but that Trump was not involved in the race.

GOP Representative. Young Kim faces strong competition from his right-hand side from another Trump-loyal Marine, Greg Roths, in the newly drawn 40th District of Orange County.

Democrats, on the other hand, are GOP representatives. Mike Garcia’s ties with Trump are expected to be used against him in the 27th District of California. (Garcia voted against certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election in Arizona and Pennsylvania.) Two Democrats, former state legislator Christy Smith and former naval intelligence officer Quay Quarte, are playing for the chance to get him in November.

There are also several high-profile congressional races in New Jersey. In the state’s 7th district, Republican Tom Keane Jr., the son of former state Senate minority leader and former New Jersey governor Tom Keane, is leading his primary race. CNN predicts that Democrat Tom Malinowski will win the Democratic primary in that district, a battleground that has by definition become a Republican.

Sen., New Jersey, 8th District, North New Jersey. Bob Menendez’s son, Democrat Rob Menendez Jr., will succeed in the Democratic primary, CNN, as he replaces retired Democrat Albio Cyrus.

Current GOP representative who voted for the bilateral infrastructure bill. Chris Smith blocks a lineup of primary contestants, including Mike Crispy, a talk show host in the 4th District of Central New Jersey. Approved By Trump allies like Roger Stone and Rudy Giuliani.

In Montana, Trump backs former Home Secretary Ryan Ginkgo – despite his History of controversy – The candidate is trying to return to Congress. The state won the seat of the Second Congress following the results of the 2020 census. As questions about Ginkgo’s residence swirled, the former state sen. He faces four candidates, including Al Olswesky and Pastor Mary Todd. Recently politics Reported Ginkgo’s wife claims a house in Santa Barbara as her primary residence in tax records, but Ginger says she lives in Whitefish, Montana.

In Iowa, two years after former U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenawer lost her Republican nominee Ashley Hinson in her re-election campaign, she has been at the forefront of fundraising in the Democratic Party to face senior Republican Senator Chuck Crosley. He faces retired Navy Admiral Mike Franken and Minton City Council member Glenn Hurst in the Democratic Senate primary. After a lower court in Iowa questioned some of the signatures on his nomination, Finkenawar was in danger of failing to vote, but eventually the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that his name might appear.

In one of the most competitive races in the 3rd District in Hawkeye State, Cindy Axney, the current Democrat on the House of Representatives, is hoping to grab her place in the district where Trump could have won by less than half a point. . State Sen. among his potential GOP challengers in the Des Moines-Area district. Zack Nunn, an Air Force veteran and financial planner Nicole Hasso.

The other two competing house races are set in Iowa. GOP Representative Marianette Miller-Meeks faces Democrat Representative Christina Bohannan in the new 1st District. In the 2nd District, Hinson Democrat State Sen. Liz confronts Mathis, who is also a former local television news anchor.

In South Dakota, state Representative Duffy Howard is challenging GOP Representative Dusty Johnson for the state’s only congressional seat, criticizing him for voting to certify the 2020 election results, and accepting Trump’s lies about that election. CNN predicts South Dakota GOP Govt. Christy NoamThe potential contender for 2024 is the representative of the state with the primary challenge. Defeating Steven Howard, he was accused of being conservative enough and spending too much time as governor.

This story has been updated with additional improvements.