Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Oysters, upset midway through 2022 primary election season

COLOMBIA, SC ( Associated Press) — More than halfway through a turbulent primary seasonVoters have given decisions in a number of contests, with many candidates arguing that they best represent the continuation of policies supported by former President Donald Trump.

While not on the ballot himself, Trump has played a role in a number of races, in which candidates have met a variety of election results for supporting him. It has also been tumbled by several incumbents, some bested by Trump-backed challengers and others in forced faceoffs by redistribution by fellow delegates.

Here’s what’s happened in primary races across the country so far:

fallen officials

Eight incumbents – three Democrats and five Republicans – have already lost their US House seats this year after losing their primary elections.

Four of those losses came from the current-at-incumbent race, which was the result of a once-a-decade redistribution process. But the rebel challengers to the other four found themselves vulnerable as a result of scandal, investigations, troubled progressives or Trump crossing over.

Oregon’s seven-term centrist Democratic US Representative Kurt Schrader falls To progressive challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner in his May 17 primary. Schrader had angered many Democrats by opposing some of President Joe Biden’s priorities, including a $1.9 trillion coronavirus pandemic relief bill. Because he did not support the minimum wage hike.

Republican Representative Madison Cawthorne of North Carolina Lost After a whirlwind of scandals by State Sen. Chuck Edwards In which Cawthorne said she was invited to a cocaine-fueled orgies, was twice caught with guns at airports and appeared in videos showing her in sexually explicit poses.

On June 14, five-term GOP Representative Tom Rice of South Carolina lost his reelection bid. What to Tell Representative Russell Fry After Voting to Impeach Trump Capitol Uprising on January 6th, And on June 28, six-term Mississippi Republican Representative Steven Palazzo lost a runoff. to Sheriff Mike Ezel after being charged with a Congressional ethics report of misappropriation of campaign funds.

member-on-member faceoff

The redistribution guaranteed that some American House incumbents would be ousted.

the first to fall The Republican for West Virginia was Representative David McKinley, who voted with Democrats in support of Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill., stipulating that West Virginians would reward him for prioritizing such funding in one of the country’s poorest states. Instead, he left them to Rep. Alex Mooney, who opposed the infrastructure bill. On the day Biden signed the measure into law, Mooney won the endorsement of Trump.

In Georgia, Democratic Rep. Lucy McBath, a gun safety advocate, went district shopping after a GOP-dominated legislature changed her home territory In a Republican stronghold. She defeated fellow Democratic Rep. Caroline Bordeaux, who said she treated Macbeth as a “sister.”

Two Illinois incumbents lost their seats last week when Republican Rep. Mary Miller defeated five-time Republican Rep. Rodney Davis, and Democratic Rep. Sean Castane defeated one-term Democratic Rep. Mary Newman.

Miller wins days after calling Supreme Court decision Rowe vs. Wade Reversing “Historic Victory for White Lives” Miller misspoked during a rally with Trump, his spokesman said.

Trump’s goals

Still pricked by his 2020 presidential election defeat As for Biden, Trump vowed to take revenge on Republicans who disregarded him.

He focused on Georgia, recruiting challengers to Government Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Riffensperger, who turned down his efforts. To reverse his narrow defeat in the state. But he fell short, Kemp easily turned back by defeating former Sen. David Perdue, and Raffensperger Representative Jody Hiss.

Trump also directed his anger toward the 10 House Republicans who voted with the Democrats to impeach him For his role in the 6 January Uprising, Four decided against seeking re-election.

But of those who stayed to fight, Rice became the first to lose, as a result he acknowledged was possible on a vote he said his conscience compelled him to take. Another, Representative David Valladao of California, finished second in his primary.Which means he advanced as one of the top two finishers in November’s general election.

Four House Republicans are still awaiting their primaries.

In South Carolina, Trump targeted another GOP functionary, Rep. Nancy Mays, after criticism of her role in the January 6 attack and her vote to testify to Biden’s victory. Mays faced his challenger from Trump-backed rival Katie Arrington.

Trump: Keeping Score

Trump helped lift some US Senate candidates to victory. In Ohio, he endorsed “Hillbilly Elegy” writer J.D. Vance after a furious push by Vance’s opponents to win Trump’s favor. Approval Driven Vance to victory just three weeks before the election,

Dr. Mehmet Oz receives Trump’s seal of approval About five weeks before the Pennsylvania primary, a blow for David McCormick, the former CEO of the hedge fund, whose wife Dina Powell served in Trump’s administration. Oz scored a slim win After re-counting on McCormick.

In North Carolina, Trump endorsed Representative Ted Budd a year before his primary, upping the little-known congressman from a 14-candidate field to win the GOP Senate nomination.,

Trump defeated primary challenger George P. She also participated in a statewide run against Bush, supporting Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Trump was rewarding Paxton for petitioning the US Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 election – an effort the state bar dubbed “dishonest.” As he sought to punish her for it.

Katie Britt nearly won a GOP primary to replace her boss, retiring Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, but ended in a runoff with longtime Representative Mo Brooks, whom Trump called for pulling his support. Initially supported. As Brooks’ voting ended. Trump backs Britta Only after coming first in primary.

Republican voters in Nebraska reject Trump’s gubernatorial pickBusinessman Charles Herbster, who was accused late in the campaign of groping several women, going with University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pilen as his nominee. In the race for the US House in Georgia, GOP voters chose trucking company owner Mike Collins over Vernon Jones, a Trump-backed Democrat-turned-Republican.

election deniers

Voters win primary for some candidates who supported Trump’s lies That Biden’s election victory was illegitimate. Those false claims have been thoroughly refuted by election officials, Trump’s own attorney general, and the courts, including the judges he appoints.

Nonetheless, State Sen. Doug Mastriano won. Pennsylvania’s overcrowded Republican gubernatorial primary. The House Committee has summoned him An investigation into the attack on the US Capitol for his role in planning to arrange for an “alternative” slate of Pennsylvania voters for Trump after the 2020 election.

Trump’s Choice for Nevada Secretary of State, Former State Legislator Jim Merchant Wins His Primary After spending months arguing that Nevada had not had a valid election for years and that Trump’s victory had been stolen.

In Idaho, Trump’s rebel candidate Lt. Gov. Lost his bid to oust Janice McGatchin Government Brad Little. McGatchin said she would “bring integrity to Idaho’s elections,” without citing any discrepancies. She also said that she would push for a 50-state forensic audit of the 2020 election.

In Colorado, GOP voters elect Pam Anderson On Tina Peters as his nominee for Secretary of State, an accused county clerk who gained national fame by promoting conspiracy theories about voting machines. Anderson promised to keep politics out of elections, while Peters was charged with seven felony counts, including participating in a “misleading scheme” to violate voting system technology.

look ahead

The primary season resumes in earnest in August, with several high-profile races still to be decided.

Tough primary challenge before rap Liz Cheney After voting to impeach Trump and become the deputy chairman of the House committee on August 16 in Wyoming Capitol rebellion investigation Trump backs Harriet Hejman in the race.

In Arizona, one of five battleground states Biden flipped, the former president backed a slate of loyalists promoting his false election claims. He endorsed former TV news anchor Kari Lake in the race for governor On developer Karin Taylor Robson for the GOP nomination to replace Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, who resisted pressure from Trump’s election year and was barred from another term.

In Arizona’s US Senate race, Trump investors back Blake Masters for the GOP nomination to face Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly in November. Masters has said “I think Trump won in 2020” and supported the baseless “Great Replacement” conspiracy theoryA racist ideology that says white people and their influence are being replaced by people of color.

And in the race for Arizona’s secretary of state, Trump-backed State Representative Mark FinchemWhich was photographed outside the Capitol on January 6, 2021, and served to reverse Trump’s 2020 loss.

In Michigan, one of the nation’s top battleground states, Republicans have faced setbacks in their bid to defeat Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in November. Five GOP Candidates Failed to Qualify Primary for 2nd August after submission of fake signatures collected by Paid Petition Circulators. Another candidate, Republican Ryan Kelly, was accused of With misdemeanors related to the January 6 attack last month.

Establishment Republicans Are Worried About August 2 The GOP primary for the US Senate in Missouri, where former Gov. Eric Greetens Trying to make a political comeback after resignation Four years ago amid an investigation into possible campaign finance issues and whether he blackmailed a woman against speaking out about their extramarital affair. Some Republicans fear Greetens will be a weak general election candidate who could hand Democrats a safe seat.


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