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NY Gov Kathy Hochul cinches victory, Lauren Boebert wins nomination in Tuesday’s primary

New York Governor Kathy Hochul easily won her state’s Democratic governor nomination on Tuesday, nine months after she was launched into the governor’s seat following the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

New York’s first female governor defeated the challenges of Jumaane Williams, New York City’s elected public advocate, and U.S. Representative Tom Suozzi, a Long Island moderate.

Hochul is running in the general election with a huge advantage, as New York has more than twice as many Democrats as Republicans and the state hasn’t had a Republican governor in 16 years.

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul easily won her state’s Democratic governor nomination on Tuesday, nine months after she was launched in the governor’s seat following the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Hochul talks to a three-year-old while campaigning at the 86th Street entrance to the Second Avenue subway on Tuesday

Hochul talks to a three-year-old while campaigning at the 86th Street entrance to the Second Avenue subway on Tuesday

So far, three incumbents have lost, two Republicans and one Democrat. Here are highlights from Tuesday’s primaries in seven states:

Colorado

The right-wing firebrand Rep. Lauren Boebert defeated her opponent Senator Don Coram in Tuesday’s primary in one of several key races on Tuesday.

Boebert, a co-chair of the Second Amendment caucus who has proudly displayed her gun collection in Zoom Congressional hearings and TV appearances, won her primaries in Colorado’s solid red Third District, in a will that her front-page-grabbing brand of distant right politics there. In a speech over the weekend, Boebert said she was “tired of this separation of church and state junk” and argued that “the church is supposed to run government.”

Boebert’s neighborhood became more conservative after the realignment and she is expected to win in November.

But in another Colorado race, a more moderate Republican plans to beat his rival on the right for the Senate nomination to face Democrat Senator Michael Bennet in the fall.

According to the Associated Press, GOP businessman Joe O’Dea is expected to beat state representative Ron Hanks.

O’Dea has said he supports a federal ban on late abortions and federal funding for the procedure, but would leave the decision to abort a pregnancy “between a person and their God” in the early months.

O’Dea’s biggest rival is State Representative Ron Hanks, who is against abortion by all accounts and attended the “Save America” ​​rally on Jan. 6 before the Capitol riots.

Bennet is undisputedly on the Democratic side.

The right-wing firebrand Rep.  Lauren Boebert defeated her opponent Senator Don Coram in Tuesday's primary in one of a number of key races on Tuesday

The right-wing firebrand Rep. Lauren Boebert defeated her opponent Senator Don Coram in Tuesday’s primary in one of a number of key races on Tuesday

Both Rep.  Mary Miller, left, as Rep.  Lauren Boebert, right, both won their respective Illinois and Colorado primaries.  They are pictured above at Trump's rally in Mendon, Illinois over the weekend

Both Rep. Mary Miller, left, as Rep. Lauren Boebert, right, both won their respective Illinois and Colorado primaries. They are pictured above at Trump’s rally in Mendon, Illinois over the weekend

Mississippi

Meanwhile, Mississippi already had its primary on June 7, but two Republicans were forced to a runoff after failing the 50 percent threshold, and Representative Michael Guest is expected to win his primary against Michael Cassidy, a former Navy fighter pilot. .

Gast is seeking a third term, forced into the primary after he voted to create an independent commission to investigate Jan. 6 and has been criticized as disloyal to Trump.

Another Mississippi incumbent wasn’t so lucky — former Sheriff Mike Ezell is expected to beat six-year-old Representative Steven Palazzo, who was dogged by criticism after a 2021 congressional ethics report accused his office of misusing campaign funds and doing favors. to his brother and the use of staff for political and personal messages.

Illinois

Trump’s endorsement won out for Darren Bailey, a conservative biblical farmer who showed his favor at a rally in Illinois last weekend.

Bailey was one of six candidates in the GOP primary, and his main opponent was Richard Irvin, the mayor of Aurora, Illinois in suburban Chicago. Irvine was backed by $50 million from billionaire Ken Griffin, but the Democrats spent millions to take down his campaign and viewed Bailey as a more formidable opponent to Democratic administration JB Pritzker.

Pritzker, meanwhile, defeated a primary challenge from the left in progressive Beverly Miles, a nurse and army vet.

Republican governor candidate Sen.  Darren Bailey arrives to celebrate with wife Cindy Stortzum after winning Republican gubernatorial primaries Tuesday, June 28

Republican governor candidate Sen. Darren Bailey arrives to celebrate with wife Cindy Stortzum after winning Republican gubernatorial primaries Tuesday, June 28

In one of the two existing races, Rep. Sean Casten expected to beat Marie Newman.

While both candidates have a very liberal track record, Newman positioned himself as the candidate further left in the race, with the backing of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. She supports the Green New Deal and attacked Casten for voting for “anti-choice” President George HW Bush by describing her own experience of getting an abortion in the 1980s.

In another Trump-backed first term, Rep. Mary Miller is expected to meet Rep. Rodney Davis, a more moderate, five-year-old Republican.

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