Tuesday Primaries Results: Iowa Democrat Franken to face GOP’s Grassley, Low Turnout In Key Blue States And San Francisco D.A. Chesa Boudin is recalled

Primary Tuesday (June 8, 2022)— Democrats faced fresh warning signs Tuesday night in two blue states at a moment when they are trying to get their base voters energized and primed for an intensely competitive election year.

In both California and New Jersey — states with key US House races that could determine control of Congress — early metrics suggest that turnout has been low, reflecting the sour mood of voters about gas prices, rising crime and an uncertain economy.
 
Voter disengagement was most evident in California, where nearly 22 million ballots were mailed out to every eligible voter. Despite an array of competitive House races — where the top two vote-getters regardless of party will advance to the general election — and several marquee local contests, including the race for mayor in Los Angeles and an attempted recall of San Francisco’s district attorney, only about 18% of ballots had been returned as of Tuesday even though they were mailed to voters weeks ago, according to ballot tracking data from the California-based firm Political Data Intelligence.
 
In New Jersey, few of the state’s voters opted to cast their ballots in the three-day window for in-person early voting, but Secretary of State Tahesha Way noted in an interview with ABC News that the process is new, meaning it could take some time for voters to take advantage of it. Those early indicators, however, stand in sharp contrast with the high turnout during early voting in states like Georgia, where a more restrictive new voting law led activists to redouble their efforts to get voters to cast their ballots ahead of the primary.
 
Aside from California and New Jersey, voters cast primary ballots in Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota on Tuesday as the focus shifts from the big US Senate contests that dominated the May calendar — where former President Donald Trump’s influence was repeatedly tested — to competitive House races that will offer a window into how much voters intend to blame the party in power for their current unease about the state of the economy and the country.
 

California Results:

 
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has secured a spot on the ballot in November’s general election.
 
The embattled Democratic politician, who fought off a recall attempt in 2021, does not know his opponent yet, but early results indicate it could be Republican Brian Dahle, though it’s too early to call.
 

San Francisco D.A. Chesa Boudin is recalled:

San Francisco voters tossed District Attorney Chesa Boudin from office on Tuesday, favoring a recall effort that argued his progressive reforms were too lenient and made the city less safe. Boudin was trailing by 24 percentage points, according to the first batch of election results released at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday. The Chronicle has called the election

 

Iowa Results:

Iowa Democrat Mike Franken, a retired Navy admiral, will challenge Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley’s reelection this fall after winning his party’s nomination Tuesday over two competitors.

Franken beat former congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and physician Glenn Hurst to earn the right to run against Grassley, who is seeking an eighth Senate term and beat back a nominal primary challenge of his own.

 Franken’s primary win is something of a surprise, given Finkenauer was better known throughout the state after her 2018 victory over a Republican congressman that made her the second-youngest woman elected to Congress. Finkenauer lost in a reelection bid in 2020 but was a frequent presence on cable television and raised millions of dollars toward her Senate run.

Mississippi Results:

U.S. Rep. Michael Guest battled Republican challengers in Tuesday’s primary election.

Guest, of Brandon, is serving his second term representing Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District. Guest is a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security and on the House Committee on Transportation. He was also appointed to the House Committee on Ethics.

January 6 Committee Chair U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson defeated challenger Jerry Kerner in Tuesday’s primary election for the 2nd Congressional District.

Thompson, of Bolton, has been a member of Congress since 1993 and is the chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security.

Other Mississippi Results:

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Montana Results:

A flurry of races were also called at 10 p.m., including David Pinckney for Republican nominee in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, Gabriel Vasquez for Democratic nominee in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, Johnny DuPree for Democratic nominee in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District and Rep. Jeff Van Drew for Republican nominee in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.

Additionally, Robert Menendez is the winner of the Democratic primary for the U.S. House in New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District.

Menendez is the son of current U.S. Sen. Robert Menedez.

New Jersey Results:

Tom Malinowski wins the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.

Malinowski’s seat is being heavily targeted by the GOP in November. The two-term congressman won by less than a point in 2020, and with redistricting, the district has become redder in 2022.

The favorite to be his opponent in the general election is Thomas Kean Jr., the former minority leader of the state senate, who is backed by GOP stalwarts like former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

AP News declared  the Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District, to incumbent Rep. Donald Norcross.

Norcross has held the seat since 2014.

New Mexico Results:

Mark Ronchetti, a former television meteorologist, has secured the Republican nomination for governor of New Mexico, according to the AP.

Ronchetti, a former candidate for Senate who lost to Sen. Ben Ray Luján in 2020, will face Democratic incumbent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who ran unopposed in her party’s primary.

South Dakota Results:

Sen. John Thune and Gov. Kristi Noem. both won their re-election, but will faceoff with formidable Democrats in November.

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Source: ABC News, CNN and AP News contributed to the article.

 

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