What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries
New York Republicans plan to magnify these issues this fall, when they will test whether a prime national environment for their party can help end a nearly two-decade loss streak in statewide races. But first, the primary voters must settle an increasingly bitter fourfold GOP contest.
Long Island Representative Lee Zeldin is the choice of his party’s leadership, but he fights to withstand the incessant attacks of his rivals, most notably Andrew Giuliani, the MAGA-branded son of former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, and Harry Wilson, a corporate turnaround specialist. Rob Astorino, a former Westchester County executive who ran for the party’s governorship in 2014, is also taking part.
Understand the 2022 midterm elections
Why are these intermediate races so important? This year’s races could tip the balance of power in Congress to Republicans, shattering President Biden’s agenda for the second half of his term. They will also test former President Donald J. Trump’s role as GOP kingmaker. Here’s what you need to know:
The Democratic battle for lieutenant governor may be just as close. Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado remains the favorite, but Ana María Archila, a progressive activist, is on a late wave of momentum, including an endorsement by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Diana Reyna, the running mate of Mr. Suozzi, is also in the running. The winner will face off against Alison Esposito, a Republican, who has no opposition.
Due to delays in signing new congressional and legislative maps, the primaries for New York state congressional and state senate seats will be held on August 23.
The left’s chance to make a mark.
The insurgent liberal group Justice Democrats has suffered two high-profile losses, barely losing the second attempt to dethrone Representative Henry Cuellar, a conservative Democrat, in South Texas, failing one of the most ardent candidates, Nina Turner, to choose a house. seat in Cleveland.
The next shot for progressives comes Tuesday at Chicago’s Loop, where Kina Collins, a gun-safety activist, makes a second attempt to overthrow Representative Danny Davis, a veteran Democrat. Her run in 2020 was a failure; she lost by 46 percentage points. This time, however, Ms. Collins shows off The Chicago Tribune’s endorsement, which praised Mr Davis, 80, but claimed that “the time has come for new blood.”