LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) – Primary elections in seven states will set the stage for US House and Senate races on Tuesday This fall, with many contests shaped by political rifts in both major parties and the shadowy shadow of former President Donald Trump.
With Congress in control at play, Republican House incumbents are facing challenges from the political right, and some rivals are acknowledging Trump’s unfounded claims of election fraud in his 2020 defeat to President Joe Biden.
No current governor or senator is in imminent danger. In Iowa, several Democrats are jockeying for a chance to take on seven-time Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley.With a campaign showing the breach between the progressive and establishment wing of the Democratic Party.
Ryan Zinke, former Trump cabinet member A Newly Built House District in Montana Is Seeking GOP Nominations,
What to watch in Tuesday’s primaries in California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota:
California is a Democratic fortress where the party holds every statewide office and its voters exceed registered Republicans by about 2-to-1. Government Gavin Newsom and US Sen. Alex Padilla faces off against little-known competitors.
But Republicans maintain pockets of strength in some US House districts, which are expected to be one of the most competitive races in the nation.,
In a heavily Democratic district in the state’s Central Valley Farm Belt, Republican U.S. Representative David Valladao Watching the blow for his vote to impeach Trump On January 6th US Capitol rebellion. Republican Chris Mathis has made Valladao’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 Republican Representative Mike Garcia, Which is expected to go ahead until November, with one of the Democrats as the top two finishers in the race. Garcia rejected electoral votes being cast for Biden from Arizona and Pennsylvania and opposed Trump’s impeachment after the Capitol rebellion.
Overcrowded Los Angeles mayor race Rick Caruso, a pro-business billionaire, Republican-turned-Democrat on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, and Democratic US Rep. Karen Bass, who was on the shortlist for Biden’s vice president, is shaping up to be a fight. If neither candidate passes 50%, the top two finishers advance to the November runoff.
In another closely watched election, San Francisco voters are considering whether to recall District Attorney Chesa BoudinA progressive Democrat who, amid widespread frustration with what critics say crime and homelessness, has failed to prosecute repeat offenders.
Republicans have gained in the state over the past decade, and the Democratic Senate primary provides a snapshot of the minority party’s fight for relevance.
Retired Navy Vice Admiral Michael Franken taking part in a competitive competition With former US Representative Abby Finkenauer To compete with Grassley, 88, whom Trump has endorsed.
Finkenauer is a 33-year-old, former two-term state representative who argues his youth and recent experience in Iowa make him a better fit to challenge the first Republican elected to the Senate in 1980. He has made term limits a focal point. his campaign.
Franken, 64, is promoting a progressive agenda that includes adding a public insurance option to the Affordable Care Act. He hails from conservative western Iowa and argues that he may be more competitive against Grassley by penetrating the senator’s margins in heavily Republican areas.
Physician Glenn Hurst, a councilor for a small western Iowa city and chair of the Iowa Democratic Party for its rural caucus, is running to the left of both Finkenauer and Franken.
Meanwhile, three Republicans are competing for a chance to run against Iowa’s lone Democratic member of Congress, Rep. Cindy Axane.
Republican US Rep. Steven Palazzo is facing his biggest field of challengers after a congressional ethics watchdog raised questions about his campaign spending.
2021 report by the Congressional Ethics Office Found “ample reason to believe”, a military veteran who serves on the Appropriations and Homeland Security committees, abused his office by misappropriating campaign funds, doing favors for his brother, and for political and personal pursuits. Enlisted employees. His then-spokesperson, Colleen Kennedy, said the investigation was based on “false allegations” that were politically motivated.
His six opponents include a sheriff, Mike Azela.and a state senator, Bryce Wiggins, If no candidate wins with a majority, there will be a runoff on June 28.
Two other Republican congressmen from Mississippi, Trent Kelly and Michael Guest, face primary challengers who support Trump’s false claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
It is the first time since 1993 that the state will have two House seats after adding one to account for Montana’s growing population.
Zinke, Trump’s former Interior Department secretary, technically in an open race for a new seat. But the former Navy SEAL is widely believed to be genuine, as he twice won election to the state’s other House seat before stepping down in 2017 to join the Trump administration.
His opponents are drawing attention to Zinke’s turbulent tenure at the agency, which was marked by several ethical investigations., An investigation determined that Zinke lied to an agency ethics officer about his continued involvement in a commercial real estate deal in his hometown. He faced a smear campaign over his military service from his party’s extreme right wing and questions about his residence following revelations that his wife declared a house in California to be her primary residence.
His opponents in the GOP primary include former State Sen. Al “Doc” Olszewski, an orthopedic surgeon, and hard-line conservatives who have tried to portray Zinke as a “liberal insider.”
Three Democrats are vying for their party’s nomination: public health advocate Cora Newman, Olympic rower and attorney Monica Tranell, and former state Representative Tom Winter.
In the state’s second district, first-time Representative Matt Rosendale, who has Trump’s endorsement, will look to take away three Republican primary challengers.
A dozen House districts are on the ballot.
Trump said in 2021 that he would support a challenger to longtime Republican Representative Chris Smith, but that never happened. The absence of support hasn’t stopped conservative talk show host Mike Crispy, one of Smith’s Republican challengers, from claiming Trump’s mantra.
In northern New Jersey, former State Senate Minority Leader Tom Keane Jr. has a fundraising lead over five rivals and the support of the establishment. Keane, the son of former Republican Gov. Tom Keane Sr., is hoping for a rematch with Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski, who won a close contest two years ago,
On the Democratic side, the son of US Sen. Bob Menendez, Rob, Democratic Rep. Albio is running for the seat being vacated by retiring Cyres. Menendez, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner, shrugged off the party’s support when it entered the race.
five republican candidates Democrats are competing to take the government. Michelle Lujan Grisham, The incumbent favors keeping their jobs in a state where Democrats control every statewide office and dominate the legislature.
Former television meteorologist Mark Ronchetti and State Representative Rebecca Dow There are major GOP contenders in a contest that touches on concerns about US border security, urban crime, inflation and the teaching of race and ethnicity in a heavily Latino and Native American state.
Democratic Voters Are Deciding on a Candidate To succeed Attorney General Hector Balderas for the state’s top law enforcement position. Albuquerque-based District Attorney Raul Torrez is competing against state auditor Brian Colon in an uphill campaign with few ideological divisions.
Trio of Republican office bearers face primary challenge Acting on his political right.
Government Christie Noem, considered a potential White House prospect, favored to win the GOP nomination. A rival, state legislator Steve Haugardhas argued that Noem spent more time trying to build a national political profile. Instead of focusing on your work at home. She mostly ignores him.
US Sen. John Thun Trump faced anger after the former president dismissed claims of election fraud. However, no well-known challengers have emerged in Thun’s re-election bid. One of his opponents, Mark MowryOn January 6, he was among the crowd that demonstrated near the Capitol.
In the House, Republican State Legislator Taffy Howard GOP Representative Is Trying to Depose Dusty Johnson In the only district of the state. Johnson touted his conservative voting record by having the ability to work across party lines, but Howard tried to portray him as a foot soldier for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Associated Press writer Tom Beaumont in Des Moines, Iowa; Emily Wagster Pettus in Jackson, Miss.; Matthew Brown in Billings, Mont.; Michael Catalini in Trenton, NJ; Morgan Lee in Santa Fe, NM; and Stephen Groves in Sioux Falls, SD contributed to this report.