DemDaily: The Last Elections of 2023

October 17, 2023

In addition to the Louisiana gubernatorial and statewide elections last Saturday, there were two major mayoral races in October -- where Democrats prevailed.

See DemDaily: Saturday's Election Results! Louisiana 10/16/23

Paul Young (D), President and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission, triumphed in the October 5 Memphis, Tennessee mayoral general election, with 27.67% of the vote to defeat sixteen other candidates in the race to succeed Mayor Jim Strickland (D), who is term-limited.

Although a nonpartisan general election, Memphis, the 27th-largest city in the US, has elected a Democratic mayor since 1992. Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner came in second with 22.53%, followed by former five-term Memphis Mayor (1991-2009) Willie Herenton with 21.50%, Shelby County Commissioner Van Turner 21.26%, and 13 candidates under 3%.

In the October 10 Durham, North Carolina Mayoral Primary, City council member Leo Williams (D) and State Senator Mike Woodard (D) are headed to a November 7 general election. In the officially non-partisan election to succeed Mayor Elaine O'Neal (D), who chose not to seek re-election, Williams received 51.3% of the vote and Woodard secured 29%, followed by Durham City Council member DeDreana Freeman (D) with 14.1% of the vote, and five other candidates who came in under 3%.

November 7: General Elections nationwide

Among the 100 largest cities and/or state capitals, Mayoral general elections will occur in Tucson, Arizona; Aurora, Colorado; Hartford, Connecticut; Orlando, Florida; Boise, Idaho; Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, Indiana; Des Moines, Iowa; Wichita, Kansas; Concord, New Hampshire; Durham and Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas; and Olympia and Spokane, Washington.

General elections will take place for Kentucky and Mississippi gubernatorial races, as well as regular elections in eight legislative chambers in four states -- the Louisiana State Legislature, the Mississippi Legislature, the New Jersey Legislature, and the Virginia General Assembly.

Rhode Island's First Congressional District Special Election General will also take place on November 7.

November 18: Louisiana Statewide General

November 21: Utah's Second Congressional
District Special Election General

November 21: Salt Lake City, Utah Mayoral General

December 5: Orlando, Florida Mayoral General Runoff

December 9: Houston, Texas Mayoral General Runoff

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Sources: Ballotpedia, WREG, Axios, SOSs, NCSL

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