Takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries in Florida, New York and Oklahoma

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A special election in the state will also offer new clues as to the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in a race Democrat Pat Ryan held as a referendum on the verdict.

Here are the main takeaways from the last primary day of August.

Crist seems to derail DeSantis in the fall

For the second time in eight years, Democratic voters chose Charlie Crist as their nominee for governor, electing the seasoned veteran over Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who competed to become the state’s first female governor. Crist now has just 11 weeks to unite his party, revive the Democratic base and convince independent voters that the state needs a new direction.
View the full results in Florida here.
Much is at stake for Democrats, and not just in Florida, where DeSantis has already pushed an aggressively conservative agenda, swearing a second term will bring new measures to further restrict abortion and make it easier to get an abortion. carry a weapon in public. But national Democrats are now also looking for Crist to slow DeSantis’ rise ahead of an expected White House campaign in 2024.
The task will not be easy. DeSantis has raised $132 million for the general election, a record amount for a governor candidate who is not self-funded, and he has animated the Republican base more than any other GOP politician not named Donald Trump. His party surpassed Democrats in registered voters in Florida for the first time. And he can point to a state economy that appears to be thriving, with more people moving there than anywhere else in the country, record tourism numbers and an unemployment rate of 2.7%, almost a full point below the national level.
But Democrats have argued that wealth is not shared by everyone. With some of the fastest rising home prices and rents in the country, Florida has become a paradise that many can no longer afford. A real estate insurance crisis has threatened coverage for millions of homeowners just as hurricane season is reaching its peak. LGBTQ Floridians say the DeSantis government has made the state more hostile and women say new restrictions on abortion are eliminating autonomy over their bodies and forcing them to endure medically risky pregnancies.

Crist’s argument against another four years of DeSantis is also based on Floridians longing for a less divisive tone from their leader. During the primaries, Crist and Fried portrayed DeSantis as a bully and despot who is much more focused on positioning themselves to run for the White House than on running the country’s third-largest state. Time and again they have noted that DeSantis has forced the other branches of the state to bend to his will, eliminating any control over his executive branch.

Florida’s Latest Controversial Senate Race Takes Formal Shape

The Senate Race Between Republican Incumbent Senator Marco Rubio and Democrat Rep. Val Demings has started.

Demings won her primary on Tuesday and Rubio was unopposed, setting up a race that Republicans believe should win easily, but one that gives Democrats another chance to show they can win statewide in a place that has been well crept for years.
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The two have been focused on each other for months — their primaries were uncompetitive — but Tuesday night the contours of the race were clear: Rubio plans to call Demings a “Pelosi Puppet” inextricably linked to President Joe Biden, while Demings of plans to attack Rubio as ineffective, selfish and married to a Republican party dominated by Trump.

It’s up to Demings to prove that she — or any Democrat for that matter — can win statewide in a state that has overwhelmingly supported Republicans for years. But the Democrats recently got a morale boost: The National Republican Senatorial Committee came in with an ad campaign for Rubio, while Demings spent a lot more than the Republican.

Like many Democrats, Demings also hopes that the anger in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overthrow Roe v. Wade will propel her to an unlikely victory.

“I dream of an America where we protect constitutional rights, such as a woman’s right to choose. I’ve said it during this campaign, let me say it again. We’re not going back. We’re not,” said Demings on Tuesday night.

Demings has the benefit of fundraising — she has consistently overestimated Rubio, raking in $12.2 million in the second quarter of 2022 — but central to her campaign will be her ability to back down from attacks that have linked her. with the movement “defund the Police”. Demings, the former Orlando Police Chief, has already run her own ad refuting the criticism, and her campaigns have long identified her as “Chief Demings,” not Rep. Demings, in a not-so-subtle response to the seizures.

Nadler Turns Up in Battle of Democratic Titans in Upper Manhattan

Representatives Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney are about the same age, share nearly identical ideological views, and both chair powerful committees in the House, where they both arrived in 1993.

But it will be Nadler, bolstered by approvals from Senate Leader Chuck Schumer and the editors of The New York Times, who will return to Capitol Hill next year after defeating Maloney in one of the most controversial primaries in New York’s recent history.
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It was a race no one wanted, and according to Maloney, Nadler urged her to run in a different district after their parallel strongholds on Manhattan’s Upper East and West Sides were brought together at the end of a long process of realignment.

Maloney tried to capitalize on the anger of Democratic primary voters over the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade and vowed, if reelected, to make the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment her main focus. She also accused Nadler of unfairly taking credit for his part in major local projects, such as the construction of the Second Avenue subway, and — towards the bitter end — suggesting on camera that he might be “senile.”

But Nadler, despite a disappointing debate performance, supported the district’s progressive grassroots. An important piece of validation came from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who cut an ad for Nadler highlighting his support of Planned Parenthood and NARAL, and stated that New Yorkers were “lucky to have Jerry in Congress.”

While the full count has yet to be completed, it appears that Nadler’s margin of victory could surpass Maloney’s lead — if it holds — over a third candidate, Suraj Patel, who argued on the trail that the new district needed a new vote. But the 38-year-old, who unsuccessfully challenged Maloney in the last two cycles in another ward, again fell short.

Sean Patrick Maloney Stops Progressive Challenger

The progressive insurgency that dominated downstate New York politics in 2018 and 2020 was dealt another blow on Tuesday, when state senator Alessandra Biaggi lost her bid to overthrow U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, the powerful head of the party’s House campaign arm. , to bring down.

Biaggi — who became a hero of the left in 2018 when she ousted the leader of a defector of state Democrats working with Republicans in Albany — moved north of town to defeat Maloney, who also switched districts after a draw. reclassification process.

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But Biaggi couldn’t keep up with Maloney in fundraising and, although he left much of his old electorate behind to work in the 17th district, he benefited from increased exposure among primary voters.

Outside groups also leaned in to support Maloney. The New York City PAC’s Police Benevolent Association spent nearly $500,000 on Biaggi. A new PAC called Our Hudson also did its best to undermine Biaggi, who was backed by US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. (Ocasio-Cortez mostly stayed out of the fight, though, never campaigning for Biaggi in the district.)

Maloney, a former White House and campaign aide to former President Bill Clinton who backed him, also got a boost from his colleagues on Capitol Hill in the form of the Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act. The passage of the historic climate, health care and tax bill calmed the nerves — and possibly the appetite to deliver a harsh message — of Democratic primary voters.

Markwayne Mullin becomes favorite in the race to fill Inhofe’s Senate seat

Republican Rep. Markwayne Mullin will be the GOP nominee for the special election to fill Senator Jim Inhofe’s Senate seat in Oklahoma, CNN predicted. As a Republican nominee, Mullin is in a strong position to win the general election in the conservative state this fall. He will face the former Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn.
Inhofe, a Senate veteran, announced in February that he would retire in January 2023, triggering the special election.

Mullin, who represents Oklahoma’s 2nd congressional district, defeated former Oklahoma House Speaker TW Shannon in Tuesday’s second round. Mullin advanced to the second round after leading the first round with 44% of the vote, before an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.

Mullin’s campaign website emphasizes his support for the former president, saying, “In Congress, he fought the liberals who tried to stop President Trump.”

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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