DemDaily: Tuesday’s Election Results! Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Oregon

May 23, 2024

Voters in four states went to the polls Tuesday, including Presidential primaries and down-ballot elections in Kentucky and Oregon.

Georgia and Idaho, which held their presidential contests separately, held their regularly scheduled congressional, state, and local election primaries.

See: DemDaily: The Presidential Primary Calendar. The Updates! 5/1/24


State Supreme Court
In the officially nonpartisan race for Georgia's high court, incumbent Justice Andrew A. Pinson (R) fended off a high-profile challenge from former Democratic Congressman John Barrow, 55%-45%. Barrow, who served in Congress from 2005-2015, ran on the position that -- based on his legal interpretation -- Georgia’s Constitution guaranteed the right to an abortion.

Last year, the State Supreme Court upheld Georgia’s law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, though a legal fight over the case is ongoing.

Fulton County District Attorney
Incumbent Fani Willis (D), has become a national name as the lead prosecutor in the Georgia criminal racketeering case against former President Donald Trump. She defeated primary challenger former prosecutor Christian Wise Smith with 87% of the vote.

Willis is favored in the general election matchup with the GOP nominee Pro-Trump attorney Courtney Kramer.

3rd Congressional District: In the open seat of retiring four-term incumbent Republican Congressman Drew Ferguson, the GOP nomination is going to a June 18 runoff between former Trump White House Political Director Brian Jack and State Senator Mike Dugan.

Jack, who had Trump’s endorsement, won 46.7% of the vote -- just short of the 50% threshold to win the primary outright -- followed by Dugan with 24.9%, former State Senator Mike Crane with 15.9%, and two candidates below 6.8%.

The winner will face retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and nuclear medical technologist Maura Kelley, who defeated retired physician Val Almonord 53%-47% in their primary race.

13th Congressional District: 11-term Democratic Congressman David Scott comfortably defeated six primary challengers in the court-ordered newly redistricted 13th CD. The 78-year-old incumbent captured 57.6% of the vote, followed by Mark Baker with 11.6%, 2022 14th CD nominee Marcus Flowers with 10%, former East Point City Councilmember Karen Rene with 9.1% and three other candidates. His general election challenger will be Republican Jonathan Chavez.

In the contest for the 14th Congressional District Democratic nomination to take on controversial Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, 102 votes separate small business owner Clarence Blalock (38.74%) and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Shawn Harris (38.05%), pushing the two top contenders to a June 18 runoff.

Presidential Primary Results: Joe Biden 71.3%%, Uncommitted 17.9%. Marianne Williamson 6.1%, Dean Phillips (dropped out) 4.7%. Donald Trump 85%, Nikki Haley (dropped out) 6.4%, Uncommitted: 3.6%.

4th Congressional District: In what was thought to be the only competitive primary Tuesday, incumbent Thomas Massie (R), who was a part of the failed push by House conservatives to oust Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) and backed Ron DeSantis' failed presidential bid, easily dispatched with two GOP rivals, garnering 75.9% of the vote, followed by Michael McGinnis with 12.6% and pro-Trump attorney Eric Deters with 11.5%.

In the 2nd Congressional District, Idaho's only contested primary, incumbent Mike Simpson (R) easily won nomination to a 14th term with 54.7%, fending off challengers Scott Cleveland (35.8%) and Sean Higgins (9.5%).

Simpson will face community activist and Executive Director of the Bonneville Youth Development Council David Roth in the November general.

Presidential Primary ResultsJoe Biden 87.2%%, Marianne Williamson 7%, WriteIns: 5.7%. Donald Trump: Uncontested

Attorney General: In the open seat vacated by retiring AG Ellen Rosenblum (D), Democratic House Speaker Dan Rayfield will face former Yamhill County and Marion County prosecutor Will Lathrop (R) in the general election. A Republican AG has not been elected in Oregon since 1988, putting the contest in the safely Democratic category.

3rd Congressional District: In the open seat being vacated by retiring 14-term Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer, State Representative Maxine Dexter won the crowded primary with 48.2% of the vote, followed by former Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal, sister of Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) with 32.4%, Gresham City Councilor Eddy Morales with 13.4%, and four candidates who came in under 2.4%.

Dexter is heavily favored over Republican nominee and attorney Joanna Harbour.

5th Congressional District: Democratic State Representative and party favorite Janelle Bynum defeated progressive attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the party’s 2022 nominee, with 69% of the vote to take on freshman Republican Congresswoman Lori Chavez-DeRemer in November.

Chavez-DeRemer narrowly won the top-targeted seat by 2 points in 2022 after McLead-Skinner had unseated six-term Kurt Schrader in the Democratic primary.

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Sources: Ballotpedia, Roll Call New York Times, KATU, The Center for Politics, Axios, Idaho Capital Sun

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