DemDaily: The Final Primaries

September 14, 2018

This week wrapped up the last of the state primaries, launching the official stretch to the November 6th general election -- now just 52 days away.

New Hampshire
Seats Up: US House (2D), Governor, State Executive Offices, State Senate (10D/14R) & House (173D/227R), State Ballot Measures

First CD nominee Chris Pappas (D) - NH's first Gay Congressman? (pic: CNN)

Tuesday's New Hampshire primary propelled another female candidate into a statewide race with the nomination of former State Senator Molly Kelly (D) to challenge incumbent Republican Governor Chris Sununu in November.

In the First Congressional District being vacated by retiring incumbent Carol Shea-Porter (D), Executive Councilor and former State Representative Chris Pappas emerged the victor with 42.2% in an eleven-way primary.

Former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs Maura Sullivan was second with 30% and, Levi Sanders, son of Senator Bernie Sanders, who ran without his father's endorsement, secured 2%.

Eddie Edwards, former enforcement chief for the state liquor commission, who was endorsed by Trump attorney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, won the GOP nomination.

History will be made either way, as Pappas would be the state's first openly gay member and, if Edwards wins, he would be the state's first African-American member, in the swing district.

In the Second Congressional District, three-term incumbent Annie Kuster (D) will face Steve Negron (R), winner of the seven-way Republican primary.

Rhode Island
Seats Up: US Senate, US House (2D), Governor, State Executive Offices, State Senate (33D/5R) & House (64D/10R/1Ind), State Ballot Measures

Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo (D) has competitive general election  (pic: CNN)

Incumbent Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse easily won Wednesday's Democratic primary and is expected to win a third term over GOP nominee and former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders.

Democratic Governor Gina Raimondo, a pro-business fiscal reformer, overcame a primary challenge, 57%-34%, by former Rhode Island Secretary of State Matt Brown, who was endorsed by the progressive wing of the party.

Raimondo faces a rematch with former Cranston Mayor and 2014 gubernatorial nominee Allan Fung in a competitive general election.

In the First Congressional District, incumbent David Cicilline (D) will be challenged by GOP nominee Patrick Donovan in a seat that Hillary Clinton won by 25 points in 2016.

In the Second DistrictJim Langevin, who won re-election in 2016 by 27%, faces GOP challenger Salvatore Caiozzo.

New York
Seats Up: US Senate, US House (17D/9R/1 Vacancy), Governor, State Executive Offices, State Senate (31D/32R) & Assembly (107D/42R/1Ind), Local judges, Municipal, School Board

New York wrapped up the primary season with one of the country's highest profile contests - between incumbent Governor Andrew Cuomo and actress and activist Cynthia Nixon.

Although Cuomo soundly defeated Nixon, she gave him a public run for his money

Although Cuomo beat the "Sex and The City" star 65.6% to 34.4%, he ran a full-on media race with television and mail, while the underfunded Nixon relied on social media and an appeal to the progressive left of the party.

The race drew 1.5 million voters to the polls, approximately two and a half times the turnout of Cuomo's 2014 re-election campaign.

Cuomo's Lt. Governor, Kathy Hochul, beat back a strong primary challenge by NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams, and Cuomo's choice for Attorney General, Letitia James, was also victorious.

In the general election Cuomo will face former New York State Assembly member Republican Marc Molinaro.

The New York primaries for US Senate and House seats took place on June 26th.

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Kimberly Scott

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Sources: Ballotpedia, CBS/AP, Vox, New York Times, CNN

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