2022 primary elections at the latest: Pritzker and Hochul sail to victory in Illinois and New York

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Lauren Boebert jokes that Jesus didn’t have enough AR-15s to save her life

Tuesday saw another wave of primary showdowns across the country as American voters turned out to make crucial decisions ahead of November’s general election.

This week’s challenges included the many battles unfolding in New York, where redistricting as well as the resignation of Governor Andrew Cuomo have set up a particularly interesting election season. Governor Kathy Hochul won a nomination for her first full term as governor in New York, while JB Pritzker claimed victory in his own primary in Illinois where he is seeking re-election.

Meanwhile, in Colorado, Rep. Lauren Boebert has become Trump’s latest far-right sidekick to win her own main challenge; she faced a challenge from Don Coram of Colorado Elle

The first-term MP faced a coordinated effort to dig into her past by David Wheeler, the leader of the ‘Fire Boebert’ PAC who had previously waged a drip campaign of damaging revelations that contributed to the primary defeat of Madison Cawthorn in North Carolina.

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ICYMI: Lauren Boebert wins her primary

Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert will likely be re-elected this fall after winning a Republican primary in her dark red district. She faced a state legislator from the more moderate wing of her party.

She was able to raise millions for her main defense and picked up an easy victory despite a super PAC’s efforts to dig into her past.

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John BowdenJune 29, 2022 11:00 a.m.

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GOP congressman facing ethics inquiry loses seat

Steven Palazzo, a GOP congressman from Mississippi, lost his House seat on Tuesday as he faces scrutiny over whether he misused campaign funds, despite increasingly appearing more unlikely that the member of Congress will be found guilty of wrongdoing.

He was successfully selected by police officer Mike Ezell, who is favored to win the dark red district in November.

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Mike Lee easily wins re-election nomination in Utah

Trump loyalist Mike Lee has successfully won his party’s nomination for re-election as a Utah state senator. His voting record and loyalty to the ex-president contrasts sharply with that of the state’s other GOP senator, Mitt Romney.

On Tuesday, he won his primary with more than 60% of the vote against Becky Edwards.

John BowdenJune 29, 2022 09:00

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Election fraud conspirator loses in Colorado

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters lost her bid for Colorado secretary of state, a position that would have allowed her to oversee the state’s elections.

Ms Peters remains under arraignment on a number of charges related to her alleged activities in support of efforts to prove Donald Trump’s false allegations of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

She occupied a distant third place with nearly 100% of the votes reported on Tuesday evening.

John BowdenJune 29, 2022 07:30

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Salmon drops out of GOP primary race for Arizona governor

The Arizona primary is just over a month away, and the field of GOP governors just got a little smaller.

Former US Representative Matt Salmon has dropped out in hopes of avoiding a split in the moderate vote that could benefit Kari Lake, a former TV reporter, who is endorsed by Donald Trump because of her support for his plots on the 2020 elections.

She now runs against developer Karrin Taylor Robson in the Aug. 2 primary.

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John BowdenJune 29, 2022 5:45 a.m.

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Markwayne Mullin leads GOP primary for open seat in Oklahoma

Markwayne Mullin, the GOP congressman, led his party’s nomination race on Tuesday to serve in the U.S. Senate to replace incumbent Senator Jim Inhofe. He will now move on to a second round over second-place contender TW Shannon.

The pair beat out a wide range of Republican rivals on Tuesday, including Scott Pruitt, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency under Donald Trump who resigned amid a series of scandals involving his spending and disputes of interests.

John BowdenJune 29, 2022 4:39 a.m.

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Trump-backed candidate who says Roe’s decision a ‘victory for white lives’ wins Illinois primary

Representative Mary Miller won the primary for Illinois’ newly redesigned 15th congressional district; she beat a more moderate Republican and another House member after winning the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

At a recent weekend rally alongside the president, she courted controversy with this statement in support of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade: “President Trump, on behalf of all Maga patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white lives in the Supreme Court”.

His spokesperson later said the remark was a slip.

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John BowdenJune 29, 2022 04:05

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Lee Zeldin defeats Andrew Giuliani in New York gubernatorial primary

Congressman Lee Zeldin is the GOP nominee to take on Kathy Hochul, the incumbent governor of New York, for office in the fall.

Mr. Zeldin’s victory on Tuesday is a defeat for his many rivals, including Andrew Giuliani, son of former President Donald Trump’s lawyer. Rudy Giuliani was previously mayor of New York during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Mr. Zeldin will face an uphill battle to defeat Ms. Hochul in New York, a Democratic stronghold.

John BowdenJune 29, 2022 03:42

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Lauren Boebert wins in Colorado

Freshman Rep. Lauren Boebert will likely be re-elected this fall after winning a Republican primary in her dark red district. She faced a state legislator from the more moderate wing of her party.

She was able to raise millions for her main defense and picked up an easy victory despite a super PAC’s efforts to dig into her past.

Learn more about The Independents Eric Garcia:

John BowdenJune 29, 2022 03:18

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Kathy Hochul wins New York primary

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has won her primary for the Democratic Party nomination as she seeks her first full term in the governor’s mansion. She was elevated to the post after Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned last year and has since been the subject of persistent personal criticism from Mr Cuomo’s closest aides.

The governor will face a Republican candidate in the fall, but is favored to win in the deep blue stronghold.

Ms Hochul got just over 66% of the vote with just under a third of the tallied results.

John BowdenJune 29, 2022 02:53

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