WASHINGTON — Voters in Florida and New York head to the polls Tuesday to decide primary races in which at least one prominent House Democrat will lose his seat.
Oklahoma voters will also vote in a runoff primary election. One of the biggest races will decide which candidate will complete the term of Sen. Jim Inhofe.
In New York, Democratic Reps. Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney are in a tight race for New York’s 12th Congressional District after a state court combined the two congressional districts.
And Democratic Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, the party’s House campaign leader, is battling progressive challenger Alessandra Biaggi for New York’s 17th Congressional District.
Democrats in Florida will decide which candidate will face Republican Gov. Ron DeSandis. They will also choose Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s challenger Tuesday night, with Rep. Val Demings the likely favorite to prevail.
Polls are closed in Florida
Florida’s polls are the first of the night to close at 7 p.m. ET.
The races will determine the Democratic challengers to the two Republican frontrunners, Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Ron DeSantis.
— Come on Lee
New York’s 19th Congressional District Special Election
Two county executives are competing to see who will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives in New York’s 19th Congressional District through the end of the year.
Tuesday’s special election pits Republican Mark Molinaro, Dutchess County executive, against his Ulster County counterpart, Democrat Pat Ryan.
The two hope to succeed former U.S. Rep. Antonio Delgado, who vacated the seat earlier this year to become lieutenant governor.
The current 19th District, which will be realigned for the November regular election to reflect U.S. Census numbers, includes parts of Broome, Dutchess, Montgomery and Rensselaer counties and all of Columbia, Delaware, Greene, Otsego, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster. .
– Jeff Murray, Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin
Why aren’t there GOP primaries in Florida’s Senate and gubernatorial races?
Four Florida Democrats will face off Tuesday to challenge Republican Sen. Marco Rubio for his U.S. Senate seat this fall, and four more Democrats are running for Republican Gov. Ron DeSandis.
But DeSantis and Rubio won’t face opponents from their own party. There are no Republican primaries Tuesday for Florida’s gubernatorial or Senate races because no Republicans sought to challenge the well-known conservative firebrands who already hold the positions.
That doesn’t mean Republicans won’t turn out to vote, both in other state races and this fall. For the first time in modern history, the Sunshine State has more registered Republicans (5.2 million) than Democrats (5 million).
— Come on Lee
When do the polls close?
Polls in New York close at 9 p.m. ET. In Florida, polls close at 7 p.m. ET.
Polls in Oklahoma close at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET).
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Oklahoma candidate once said gays ‘deserve to die’
OKLAHOMA CITY – Republican Scott Esk, 56, who is facing Gloria Banister in Oklahoma House District 87, has made headlines recently for old comments he made on Facebook in which he wrote that gay people “deserve to die” and “we would absolutely right “to stone them.
He defended the comments he made in 2013, which emerged when he unsuccessfully ran for a different seat in 2014.
When contacted this week, Esk complained about a 2014 article about him in The Oklahoman that he called a “hit piece,” though he did not elaborate on the story’s content. Esk declined an interview about his campaign and directed The Oklahoman to a video he posted on his YouTube page.
– Carmen Foreman, The Oklahoman
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Referendum for New York Democrats on the no-choice strategy
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney faces a serious primary challenge Tuesday from a progressive state lawmaker who is calling him out for his role as head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
The DCCC, which is trying to defend its majority in the House this fall, has been criticized by many Democrats for buying attack ads in Michigan’s Republican primary this year. The ads focused on a candidate who denied the results of the 2020 election.
Maloney’s opponent, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, has criticized the strategy as ill-advised for that and other reasons.
“Just weeks ago Sean Patrick Maloney solicited donations from the DCCC to protect Roe — then used the money to support an anti-choice voter in Michigan.” Biaggi said in an Aug. 16 tweet.
“Voters are fed up with DC politicians demanding donations and lying about where the money will go.”
In that spot, Maloney defended the game plan on “Meet The Press” last Sunday, saying how “his job is to win the election” for the party and that in the Michigan GOP primary the “weakest candidate” won giving Democrats a chance to pick up a seat this fall.
– Phillip M. Bailey
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Stricter New Florida Election Laws
Florida residents will vote Tuesday under new voting restrictions that a judge once said were designed “to target black voters,” the first such federal election under the new law.
Voting rights advocates say the new rules make it harder to apply and submit absentee ballots and voter registration, and make it easier to challenge votes after they’ve been cast. But supporters say the new rules are necessary to combat voter fraud.
The primaries will not only serve as a preview of the 2024 presidential election, but will also test ideas about who should be able to vote and how easily in what has become one of the nation’s most important swing states.
For more on the electoral changes and their implications, read here.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Live election updates: New York, Oklahoma, Florida primaries