May 24 primary elections: What to watch for in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Minnesota
Here are seven things to watch for in Tuesday’s election in Georgia, Alabama, Texas, Arkansas and Minnesota:
Georgia tests the limits of Trump’s grievances in 2020
Trump has made Georgia the centerpiece of his effort to punish Republicans who dismissed his lies about widespread voter fraud that cost him the 2020 presidential race. He pushed Perdue – who lost his seat in the same election cycle that Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate since Bob Dole in 1996 to lose Georgia — to run in the primaries.
But polls show most Republicans in Georgia ignoring Trump’s mission against Kemp and the first-term governor is poised to win easily.
And perhaps most importantly, Kemp – unlike Perdue – is a proven winner. He beat Democrat Stacey Abrams in one of the nation’s most contested gubernatorial races in 2018. Four years later, Republicans who saw the party lose the presidential race and Georgia’s two Senate seats in the Georgian elections 2020 are all about eligibility, and the winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Abrams again.
“I think Stacey Abrams is a great unifier. I think all Republicans in Georgia will be unified after Tuesday,” Kemp told reporters over the weekend.
Can a rejected Republican Trump win a primary?
When Rep. Mo Brooks sought to outline his campaign two days before his Republican Senate primary against Army veteran Mike Durant and former Alabama Business Council Chair Katie Britt, he turned biblical.
Alabama is also hosting a gubernatorial primary in which incumbent Republican Governor Kay Ivey faces challenges from the right centered on her decision to use her office to push Alabamians to get vaccinated amid the coronavirus pandemic. As with the Senate race, it’s possible that Ivey could be forced into a runoff.
Georgia prepares key Senate showdown
There’s less drama in Georgia’s Republican Senate primary: Former football star Herschel Walker, who is backed by Trump, has a sizable lead in the polls and is almost certain to become the nominee to take on the Democratic senator Raphael Warnock in November.
The race sets up a clash over racial issues: Warnock is the senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the church where Martin Luther King Jr. preached, and has a long history as a civil rights champion . Walker, meanwhile, has long expressed ambivalence on racial issues.
First test of Georgian electoral law
The law imposes new identification requirements for mail-in ballots and prohibits election officials from sending mail-in ballot requests to those who have not specifically requested them; it also restricts the use of drop boxes for these ballots. Additionally, it is illegal to provide food and water to people waiting to vote – a provision that civil rights groups say was particularly unfair to residents of urban areas facing long lines. waiting.
Republicans signed the law into law amid Trump’s lies about the widespread fraud that cost him the 2020 election. Trump and Republicans in Georgia and other states that have implemented similar new laws have been particularly focused on postal voting.
Despite the new law, early voting broke Georgia’s previous records, with more than 710,000 people having already voted Friday, according to the secretary of state’s office.
Yet assessing the impact of the new law – including any potential issues that arise on Election Day – will only be fully possible after it is in place for a general election.
Sanders looks set to return to Arkansas governor’s mansion
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders looks set to win the Arkansas governor’s primary on Tuesday, bringing her one step closer to returning to the governor’s mansion she grew up in when her father, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee led the state.
If Sanders wins in November — while Arkansas has a history of electing Democratic governors, most recently including Mike Beebe, Jim Guy Tucker and Bill Clinton, it has made a dramatic rightward shift in recent years — she will be the first woman to lead the state.
It’s getting tense in Texas
Texans of both parties will return to the polls for a series of ballots to decide primary contests beginning March 1.
For Democrats, the signature race is along the US-Mexico border in the 28th congressional district, where incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar, the latest Democrat in Washington to oppose abortion rights, hopes fending off progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros for a second straight year. cycle.
Despite his myriad legal troubles, Paxton led a group of four with nearly 43% of the vote in the March primary. Bush finished second, with less than 25%. Paxton is seen as a good bet to sufficiently shore up the electorate — about 35% of which was split between Rep. Louie Gohmert and former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman — to win the renomination.
Republican-leaning House seat gets special election
Voters along Minnesota’s southern border will head to the polls on Tuesday in the special primary election for the 1st Congressional District to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Rep. Jim Hagedorn in February. Hagedorn’s widow, Jennifer Carnahan, is among the primary candidates.
The district, which spans the entire southern border of the state, leans toward Republicans but was represented by Democrat Tim Walz, now governor of Minnesota, from 2007 to 2019.
The winners of the primary will qualify for the special general election on August 9. Republicans are confident they can keep the red seat in August and possibly November.