DemDaily: This Week’s Election Results! ME, NV, ND, SC and OH

June 14, 2024

Voters in five states went to the polls this week, deciding federal, state and local primary election winners in Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Ohio.

Incumbent Senator Angus King, an Independent who caucuses with the Democratic Party, is seeking a third term. One of the Senate's most popular members, King -- who previously served as the 72nd governor of Maine from 1995 to 2003 -- boasts an approval rating of 58%.

He was elected to the Senate in 2012 with 53%, succeeding retiring Republican Senator Olympia Snowe, and was reelected with 54% of the vote in 2018. He is heavily favored to win the general election, where he faces Democratic nominee David Allen Costello and Republican nominee Demi Kouzounas.

In The Pine Tree State's two House seats, Democratic incumbent Chellie Pingree is being challenged by Republican Ronald Russell in her safely blue First Congressional District, while incumbent Democrat Jarod Golden is in a toss-up battle for a fourth term in the 2nd CD, which became more red-leaning after redistricting. He is being challenged by State Representative Austin Theriault in the general election.

Of the 34 US Senate seats up for election in 2024, Republicans are defending 11 seats, while Democrats are defending 23 -- including top battleground races in Arizona, Montana, Ohio, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

In the critical presidential battleground state of Nevada, Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen, who unseated incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller 50.4%-45.4% in 2018, is one of the country's most vulnerable incumbents.

Rosen, who faced minor primary opposition Tuesday, is being challenged by Republican nominee Sam Brown in the general election. Brown, an army veteran with the full backing of GOP leadership, won the Republican nomination with 59.6% of the vote, followed by Jeff Gunter with 15.1% and Jim Marchant with 6.6%.

A May 22-25, 2024 Tyson Group (R) survey of likely voters showed Rosen at 47%, Brown at 33%, Libertarian Chris Cunningham at 4% and Undecided at 16%.

Following Tuesday's Nevada US House primaries, incumbent Dina Titus (1-CD) is heavily favored for reelection against Republican nominee Mark Robertson, as is Congressman Steven Horsford (4-CD) who is being challenged by GOP nominee John Lee and seven-term GOP Congressman Mark Amodei in the Republican-leaning 2nd CD.

In the Third Congressional District, however, three-term Democratic Congresswoman Susie Lee is considered a vulnerable target. She is being challenged by political consultant Drew Johnson who defeated six other candidates to win Tuesday's GOP nomination with 32%.

In the open gubernatorial election to succeed retiring Republican Governor and former presidential candidate Doug Burgum, at-large Congresswoman Kelly Armstrong prevailed in the GOP primary 73.2%-26.8% over Lt. Governor Tammy Miller. Armstrong is favored in the ruby-red state -- which delivered a 34-point victory to Trump in 2020 -- against Democratic nominee State Senator Merrill Piepkorn.

In the open at-large House seat being vacated by Armstrong to run for governor, Marine Corps veteran and Job Corps counselor Trygve Hammer won the Democratic nomination with 73.6% of the vote and faces Trump-endorsed North Dakota Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, who prevailed in the five-way GOP primary with 46%.

Among The Palmetto State's seven congressional districts up in November, few drew competitive primaries.

In the First Congressional District, businessman Michael Moore defeated Mac Deford, 51.6%-48.4% for the Democratic nomination to take on conservative Freedom Caucus Member Nancy Mace in the general election.

In the Fourth CD, three-term Republican Congressman William Timmons fended off a serious primary challenge by State Representative Adam Morgan 51.6%-48.4%, and in the open Third Congressional District being vacated by retiring Congressman Jeff Duncan, the Republican primary is going to a June 25 runoff.

In the seven-way GOP primary for Duncan's seat, Pastor Mark Burns received 33% to Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Sherri Biggs 29% of the vote, with the remaining candidates garnering under 19%. The winner of the runoff will face store manager and community activist Bryon Best, who won the Democratic nomination with 62.4% of the vote.

In South Carolina's lone Democratic seat, 16-term Congressman and House Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn was uncontested in the primary and is being challenged by GOP nominee attorney Duke Buckner in the general election.

See DemDaily: US House: Update on The Landscape! 6/10/24

In Ohio's Sixth Congressional District special election to fill the vacancy left by seven-term Republican Congressman Bill Johnson, who left office January 21, 2024 to assume the position of President at Youngstown State University, Ohio State Senator Michael Rulli defeated former actor and Air Force veteran Michael Kripchak -- by a startlingly close 54.7%-45.3%.

In what should have been a runaway victory in the heavily red Marietta-based district that reelected Johnson by 35 points in 2022, Kripchak far outperformed the district's Democratic registration -- providing Ohio Democrats with a glimmer of hope going into the general election where Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown is facing one of the country's toughest reelection battles.

Three congressional special elections remain in the 118th Congress: Colorado's Fourth CD (Ken Buck) on June 25, New Jersey's 10th CD (Donald Payne Jr.) on September 18, and Wisconsin's Eighth CD (Mike Gallagher) on November 5.

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Kimberly Scott

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 Sources: Ballotpedia, New York Times, CNN, ABC, The Hill

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