DemDaily: Tuesday’s Elections Results! CO, NY, SC, UT

June 26, 2024

Voters in four states went to the polls this week, deciding federal, state and local primary election winners in Colorado, New York, South Carolina and Utah.

COLORADO
Two of The Centennial State's eight congressional seats are considered vulnerable going into the general election.

In the Fourth Congressional District Special Election for the seat vacated by Republican Congressman Ken Buck March 22, Parker Mayor Greg Lopez (R) defeated AFL-CIO speechwriter Trisha Calvarese, 58.2%-34.6%.

Lopez, however, is not running for reelection in November and did not run in the regularly scheduled 4th Congressional District primary that took place concurrently with the special election.

In that open primary, alt-right GOP Congresswoman Lauren Boebert prevailed with 43.4%, defeating five other candidates. Boebert, who was narrowly reelected to Colorado's Third CD in 2022, chose to run in the more solidly Republican Fourth district in 2024. Boebert faces Calvarese, the Democratic nominee.

In the Third Congressional vacated by Boebert, former Aspen City Council Member Adam Frisch, who came within 546 votes of defeating Boebert in 2022 -- was uncontested in the Democratic primary. He faces Grand Junction attorney Jeff Hurd, who won the GOP primary with 41.3% in the "leaning" Republican seat.

In the "toss up" Eighth Congressional District, freshman Democratic Congresswoman Yadira Caraveo will face Colorado State Representative Gabe Evans, who easily beat former Colorado State Representative Janak Joshi 77.6%-22.4% in yesterday's GOP primary.

The partisan breakdown of the 118th Congress of the US House of Representatives stands at 214 Democrats to 221 Republicans. That includes one Democratic vacancy (NJ-10) and one Republican vacancies (WI-8), which will be decided by special elections in ahead of November. There are an additional six non-voting members of Congress from DC and the Territories.

NEW YORK 
In 2022, Republicans flipped four of the Empire State's heavily Democratic delegation -- and with them, control of the US House of Representatives.

Three of those seats are among 2024's most vulnerable races, including the 4th, seventeenth and nineteenth districts, along with the 22nd, which tops the GOP's most vulnerable list.

Congress
In the 16th Congressional District, two-term Congressman and "Squad" member Jamaal Bowman was defeated in the Democratic Primary by Westchester County Executive George Latimer, 41.6%-58.4%.

Over $24 million was spent on ads alone, in what became the most expensive House primary in US history. Outside money played a major part in the race: pro-Israel group AIPAC spent $14 million to defeat Bowman, an outspoken critic of the Israeli government’s handling of the conflict in Gaza. Latimer is favored over Republican nominee Miriam Flisser in the general election.

In the Fourth CD, first-term Republican Anthony D'Esposito is facing a challenge by former Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen. who was uncontested in the primary.

Freshman Republican Marcus Molinaro is defending his 19th CD against Democratic nominee and former Senate Judiciary Committee General Counsel Josh Riley.

In New York's 22nd District, Freshman Brandon Williams (R) is a top target for flipping by Democrats, who elected New York State Senator John Mannion in yesterday's primary 61.8%-38.2% over DeWitt Town Councilor Sarah Klee Hood.

In the 17th District, freshman Republican Michael Lawler is being challenged by former Congressman Mondaire Jones, who was uncontested in the Democratic primary. In the liberal third-party Working Families primary, however, where the Democrat traditionally runs as well, Jones was losing to unknown Anthony Frascone, 55%-45% with 95% of the vote counted. Democratic party officials claim Frascone, who has previously run as a Republican, was put up to the race by Lawler’s camp in a bid to split the vote on the left.

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.

SOUTH CAROLINA
In South Carolina's open Third Congressional District vacated by retiring Congressman Jeff Duncan, the June 10th GOP primary went to a June 25 runoff election between Trump-endorsed Pastor Mark Burns and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Sheri Biggs.

Biggs' narrow 51%-49% win over Burns was an upset as Burns was the top vote-getter in the first round. She now faces Democratic nominee Sherwin-Williams store manager and community activist Bryon Best.

UTAH
Former presidential candidate and moderate Republican Senator Mitt Romney is retiring after three terms in the safely Republican Beehive State.

Three-term Congressman John Curtis, a centrist Republican, won the Republican primary Tuesday with 50.6% of the vote, ahead of Trump-endorsed Riverton Mayor Trent Staggs (30.1%), former Utah State Representative Brad Wilson (13.2%) and Jason Walton (6.1%).

Curtis is running against Democratic nominee and environmental activist Caroline Gleich, who ran unopposed in her primary.

Incumbent Republican Governor Spencer Cox fended off a primary challenge by MAGA Utah State Representative Phil Lyman Republican primary, 56.7%-43.3%. Cox will face Democratic State Representative Brian King in the general election.

In the open Third Congressional District vacated by Curtis, State Senator Mike Kennedy won the GOP nomination with 37.1%, followed by entrepreneur Case Lawrence with 22.4% and Roosevelt Mayor JR Bird with 17.5%. Kennedy is running against Former Summit County Councilman Glenn Wright (D) in the general.

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Sources: Ballotpedia, New York Times, The Hill, ABC, Axios, Salt Lake Tribune, US House

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