DemDaily: Elections Results! CO, IL, NY, OK, UT, MS, SC, NE

June 30, 2022

Voters in eight states went to the polls Tuesday. Primaries took place in Colorado, Illinois, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah, and runoff elections were held in Mississippi and South Carolina. Special elections also took place in Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Two-term US Senator Michael Bennet (D) will be challenged by Denver businessman Joe O'Dea, who defeated election-denier and State Representative Ron Hanks 54.4% to 45.5%.

Governor Jared Polis will face challenger Heidi Ganahl, a businesswoman and member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents. Ganahi defeated Greg Lopez 53.8% to 46.2% in the GOP primary.

Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) will face challenger Pam Anderson (R) in November.

CO-03: Conservative Congresswoman Lauren Boebert fended off primary challenger Don Corem, 65.6%-34.4%. Her opponent will be Adam Frisch, who narrowly won the Democratic primary with 43.1%.

CO-08: In the new, competitive district (Colorado picked up one seat in redistricting), State Representative Yadira Caraveo (D) will go head-to-head with State Senator Barbara Kirkmeyer, who won the four-way GOP primary with 39%.

US Senate: Attorney Kathy Salvi won the eight-way GOP primary with 31.8% to take on incumbent Senator Tammy Duckworth.

Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker will be challenged by far-right candidate State Senator Darren Bailey, who won the Republican nomination with 57.7%.

Secretary of State: Former State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias defeated Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia 52.8% to 34.4% to win the Democratic nomination to face Republican Dan Brady.

IL-06: In the state’s marquee race that pit two Democratic incumbents against each other, two-term Congressman Sean Casten defeated freshman Congresswoman Marie Newman, 67.8% to 29.1%. Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau won the Republican nod.

IL-15: In the merger of two seats, Trump-endorsed freshman Congresswoman Mary Miller defeated five-term Congressman Rodney Davis, 57.6% to 42.4%, to win the GOP nomination. The Democratic nominee is commodity broker Paul Lange.

IL-17: In the highly competitive seat being vacated by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D), former meteorologist Eric Sorensen beat five other Democrats to take the nomination with 37.9%. He will face Republican Esther Joy King, who narrowly lost to Bustos in 2020.

US Senate: Incumbent Senator Chuck Schumer (D), and entrepreneur and Political News Commentator Joe Pinion (R) were uncontested in their primaries.

Governor Kathy Hochul, who rose to become New York’s first female leader after the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo last August, secured the Democratic nomination with 67.8%.

She will face four-term Congressman Lee Zeldin, who won the GOP nomination with 43.9% against three other competitors, including Andrew Giuliani, son of disgraced former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who came in second with 22.8%.

Lt. Governor Antonio Delgado (D) easily won the Democratic nomination with 61.6% of the vote. He will be challenged by Republican nominee Alison Esposito.

US Senate Special: Five-term Congressman Markwayne Mullin (43.6%) and former House Speaker T.W. Shannon (17.5%) emerged as the top two finishers in a 13-candidate Republican field, advancing to the August 23 primary runoff.

The two are vying for the seat being vacated by retiring Senator Jim Inhofe. The winner of the special general election in November will hold the seat until January 2027, the end of Inhofe’s current term. Former Congresswoman Kendra Horn is the Democratic nominee.

In the regularly scheduled US Senate election, incumbent Republican Senator James Lankford fended off two primary challengers with 67.8% of the vote. Madison Horn (37.2%) and Jason Bollinger (16.8%) advance to the primary runoff for the Democratic nomination.

Governor Kevin Stitt (R) will face Democratic State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, a former Republican who switched her party registration last year to run in the Democratic primary.

OK-02: In the open seat being vacated by Mullin, State Rep Avery Frix (14.7%) and former State Senator Josh Brecheen (13.8%) are advancing from a field of 14 candidates to the primary runoff. The winner will face business development executive Naomi Andrews in November.

Incumbent Republican Senator Mike Lee defeated two primary challengers with 62.3% of the vote. This will be the first Senate election in Utah’s history where there is no Democratic nominee, as the Utah Democratic Party chose to endorse Evan McMullin, an independent candidate.

UT-01: Republican Congressman Blake Moore won his primary with 58.7% and will face Democrat Rick Jones in the general election.

Mississippi had three congressional runoff elections June 28.

MS-02: Republican Brian Flowers defeated Ronald Eller, 58.1% to 41.9% in the primary runoff, to face Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson in the general election.

MS-03: Republican Congressman Michael Guest survived the primary runoff, defeating former Navy pilot Michael Cassidy, 67.4% to 32.6%. He will face Democrat Shuwaski Young in the general election.

MS-04: Republican Congressman Steven Palazzo, who is facing an ethics investigation, lost his seat in the runoff to police officer Mike Ezell, 53.7% to 46.3%. Johnny DuPree is the democratic nominee.

South Carolina
US Senate: State Representative Krystle Matthews defeated Catherine Bruce 55.8% to 44.2% in the Democratic primary runoff to take on Republican US Senator Tim Scott in the general election.

Special Congressional Election: Republican Mike Flood won the special election to fill the seat vacated by former GOP Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, who resigned in March after being was convicted on charges of lying to investigators about an illegal campaign donation. Flood defeated Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks, 53.2% to 46.8%.

See DemDaily: The 2022 Election Calendar!

DemDaily: Elections Results! DC, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia 6/22/22
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DemDaily: Primary Results: Counting California 6/9/22
DemDaily: Primary Results: CA, IA, MS, MT, NJ, NM, SD 6/8/22
DemDaily: US House: Redistricting, Races and Ratings 6/6/22
DemDaily: Primary Elections Results: Alabama and Georgia 5/25/22

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