In Alabama, Katie Britt, the former chief of staff of retired Republican GOP Sen. Richard Shelby, is the favorite to win the Republican nomination against Rep. Mo Brooks — or “MAGA Mo,” as he is called. -even – after Britt fell just short of winning it on May 24. Trump first endorsed Brooks in the primary, then dumped him in March, citing Brooks’ comments about overrunning the 2020 election.
But Brooks’ struggles in the polls have also reportedly swayed Trump, who is watching his main win column closely. It’s no surprise, then, that the former president returned to the race 10 days ago, this time to endorse Britt, a GOP establishment favorite and frontrunner after finishing the first-round primary with more than 44% of the votes.
The battle lines are clearer in Virginia as Republicans in two key U.S. House districts choose the candidates they hope will topple a pair of endangered Democratic congressmen this fall.
In the 2nd Coastal Congressional District, CNN projects Senator Jen Kiggans secured a match with incumbent Democratic Rep. Elain Luria. Kiggans, who fits a more traditional Republican profile and had the support of GOP congressional leaders in his primary, will defeat three others, including Jarome Bell, who was more closely aligned with Trump’s right-wing allies, including the former adviser to Trump’s national security, Michael. Flynn and Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar. In a tweet last year, Bell called for the execution of “everyone implicated” in Trump’s 2020 engineered voter fraud. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.
Virginia’s 7th District became more Democratic-friendly after redistricting. Whether that’s enough to save Rep. Abigail Spanberger, who doesn’t face a primary challenge, is less clear — especially in the state where the Democratic rule backlash in Washington made its first headlines last year with the victory of the republican Glenn Youngkin in the race of the governor.
Conservative Republicans here are also split on the candidate’s desired flavor — with state Sen. Bryce Reeves backed by Utah Sen. Mike Lee, political arm of FreedomWorks and campaign arm of the National Rifle Association. His main rivals are Yesli Vega, a Prince William County supervisor who has been endorsed by Ginni Thomas, a conservative activist who is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and by Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Derrick Anderson, a retired Green Beret. supported by Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton.
Georgia, like Alabama, held its first nominating contests nearly a month ago and voters there are returning to the polls for the runoff election.
On the Republican side, Trump will try to save face after his chosen opponents in Republican Gov. Brian Kemp and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who chastised his efforts to void the 2020 election, fell flat in May.
The 10th Congressional District features the closest thing to a clear proxy battle between Trump and Kemp. The former president has endorsed former Democratic state Rep. Vernon Jones, who dropped out of a brief gubernatorial run to run for that seat, while Kemp is backing businessman Mike Collins, son of the late US Representative Mac Collins. Trump also endorsed Jake Evans in the runoff for the 6th congressional district, choosing the former chairman of the state ethics commission over ER doctor Rich McCormick.
In Southwest Georgia’s 2nd District — for three decades the undisputed province of Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop, a centrist “Blue Dog” caucus member — West Point grad and frequent Fox guest Jeremy Hunt and the attorney Chris West, a former Georgia Air National Duty Officer, is vying for the chance to overthrow a suddenly threatened Incumbent.
The mostly rural district is the Black and Hunt plurality, who is black, has become a favorite of national Republicans, with the Republican National Congressional Committee spotlighting him as a promising candidate and former governor of South Carolina , Nikki Haley, joining him in the campaign. Track.
The racial makeup of the Democratic Party ticket in Georgia has sparked debate ahead of a runoff for the nomination for secretary of state.
State Representative Bee Nguyen, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants, will win the nomination, CNN projects. She had the sought-after endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, but her rival, former state Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler — who, like Abrams, is black — had the backing of the other gubernatorial candidates. primary, all of them black, and said she believed party leaders were supporting Nguyen in an effort to diversify their ticket and attract white voters.
Nguyen will face Raffensperger in November.
Abrams’ influence with Georgia Democrats will also be tested in the statewide primary for lieutenant governor, where she preferred Charlie Bailey to Kwanza Hall, a better-known candidate. who briefly served as a congressman in the district of the late Rep. John Lewis, and commissioner of labor. Abrams endorsed State Representative William Boddie in his race against businesswoman Nicole Horn for the nomination.
Washington, DC, is also a political battleground in the Democratic mayoral primary. Three opponents stand in the way of incumbent Mayor Muriel Bowser’s potential third term: DC Council members Robert White and Trayon White, as well as James Butler, who finished second in the 2018 primary, about 70 percentage points behind Bowser.
This story has been updated with additional developments.