Voters in six states head to the polls on Tuesday, June 26, including those voting in the 2018 Colorado primary. In the Rocky Mountain State, the people will choose nominees to replace outgoing Gov. John Hickenlooper (D).
In addition to the 2018 Colorado primary, elections are being held today in New York, Oklahoma, and Utah. Primary runoffs take place in Mississippi and South Carolina.
2018 Colorado Primary
With John Hickenlooper out of the picture, Democrats, Republicans, and numerous independents pack the electoral field to replace him. Though there are several Democratic candidates running, the top two figure to be Cary Kennedy, Denver’s former deputy mayor and the state’s ex-treasurer, and Jared Polis, congressman from the Second District. Though Kennedy won the March 2018 caucus, Polis leads in the polls.
Colorado’s lieutenant governor, Donna Lynne, is another candidate. She, however, is faring poorly in opinion polls and lags far behind the top two in endorsements.
For the Republicans, an even more crowded field narrowed to four at the state convention. Of them, Walker Stapleton, the state treasurer, leads the way. He faces a challenge from Greg Lopez, Victor Mitchell, and Doug Robinson. Lopez was mayor of Parker, Robinson is a businessman, and Mitchell was a state representative.
Aside from that, all seven House seats in the state will see some 2018 Colorado primary activity. Only the CO-02 seat being vacated by Jared Polis is an open seat, but with just two Democratic candidates, it’s a straight-up battle. The victor between Joe Neguse and Mark Williams will be a strong favorite to win in November.
2018 New York Primary
New York votes only in federal primaries on Tuesday; the state officeholders face the voters in September. Among the big races in the Empire State is the NY-11 Republican primary. This district dominated by Staten Island has a current and former congressman running against one another. Dan Donovan is in office now, and Michael Grimm used to hold the seat but he did time in prison in 2015-2016 on tax evasion charges. Donovan won the special election to replace Grimm, but with both in the running, this one could go either way.
In the 19th District, running along the eastern side of New York and spanning into Oneonta, Democrats are taking another crack at Rep. John Faso (R). In fact, seven Democrats are running in Tuesday’s primary. Faso has been endorsed by the Republican, Conservative, Independence, and Reform Party lines. With New York being a state with “fusion” candidacies, the possibility exists of a contender losing one primary but winning another. This makes for some interesting November elections in places not dominated by one party.
2018 Oklahoma Primary
Gov. Mary Fallin (R) is out after this year, and in one of the reddest states in the country, Republicans flocked to the open gubernatorial seat. The GOP race is almost certain to go to an August 28 runoff with ten Republicans running. Mick Cornett, the mayor of Oklahoma City, is among the frontrunners for the nomination.
Most US House races are seeing a large amount of activity as well. Among them is OK-01, a seat now vacant because of the resignation of Jim Bridenstine. Democrats have little or no chance in most of Oklahoma’s congressional districts, though they are running multiple candidates in all five seats.
2018 Utah Primary
Could this be the return of Mitt Romney? The former Massachusetts governor, presidential nominee, and steward of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics is back in Utah and running for US Senate. Utah’s longtime senator, Orrin Hatch, is finally calling it a career after 41 years. Romney threw his hat in the ring, and is the far more known candidate of the two running for the GOP. The other is Mike Kennedy, a state representative who narrowly defeated Romney for the state convention endorsement. Romney is far ahead in the polls, however, for both the primary and general election.
The thought is that UT-04 representative Mia Love (R) is in some danger. There’s no primary in her seat, however: both Love and Democrat Ben McAdams are running unopposed.
2018 Mississippi Primary Runoff
A few notable runoffs will take place in Mississippi today. One of them is in the regularly-scheduled Senate race, where two Democrats face off; the winner takes on Sen. Roger Wicker (R). Those candidates are David Baria, minority leader of the State House of Representatives, and Howard Sherman, a venture capitalist. In MS-03, an open seat race thanks to outgoing Rep. Gregg Harper (R), two Republicans do political battle. They are Michael Guest, madison and Rankin County District Attorney, and Whit Hughes, a businessman.
2018 South Carolina Primary Runoff
South Carolina’s gubernatorial race will be set after today. Gov. Henry McMaster (R) meets businessman John Warren (R) in the GOP runoff, with the winner facing James Smith (D) in the Fall.
SC-04, currently held by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R), has two runoffs. On the Republican side, it’s Lee Bright vs. William Timmons. Meanwhile, for the Democrats, Brandon Brown runs against Lee Turner. Gowdy is not running for re-election in his heavily-Republican upstate district.