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Primary election results: June 26, 2018

Nominees decided in CO, MD, MS, NY, OK, and UT

State primary on June 26th: Winners and losers and notes:
Colorado Gubernatorial primaries:
Open seat to replace term-limited Democrat John Hickenlooper
Maryland Gubernatorial primary:
(Incumbent Republican running for re-election)
Maryland Senatorial primary:
(Incumbent Democrat running for re-election but challenged in primary)
Note that this is the 6-year Senate seat; there is also a special election in Mississippi for a 2-year Senate seat -- that will take place as a jungle primary on Nov. 6 with a runoff afterwards if needed.
Mississippi Senatorial Democratic runoff:
(Two top vote-getters advanced from June 5 Democratic primary)
Note that this is the 6-year Senate seat; there is also a special election in Mississippi for a 2-year Senate seat -- that will take place as a jungle primary on Nov. 6 with a runoff afterwards if needed.
New York Senatorial primary:
Note: the New York gubernatorial primary will take place on Sept. 13 (most states hold the Sentorial and gubernatorial primaries simultaneously, but NY does not).
Oklahoma Gubernatorial primary:
(Incumbent Republican Mary Fallin is term-limited)
Utah Senatorial primary:
(Incumbent Republican Orrin Hatch is retiring).

Source: Numerous news sources; see excerpts from Colorado gubernatorial debates with links to other states.


Primary election results: June 12, 2018

Nominees decided in ME, ND, NV, SC, and VA

State primary on June 12th: (Winners and losers and notes)
Maine Senatorial primaries:
Maine Gubernatorial primaries:
North Dakota Senatorial primaries:
Nevada Gubernatorial primaries:
South Carolina Gubernatorial primaries:
Virginia Senatorial primaries:

Source: Numerous news sources; see excerpts from South Carolina gubernatorial debates with links to other states.


Primary election results: June 5, 2018

Nominees decided in AL, CA, IA, MS, MT, NJ, NM, and SD

State primary on June 5th: (Winners and losers and notes)
Alabama Gubernatorial primaries:
California Gubernatorial jungle primary:
(Two top vote-getters advance, regardless of party)
California Senatorial jungle primary:
(Two top vote-getters advance, regardless of party)
Iowa Democratic Gubernatorial primary:
Mississippi Democratic Senatorial primary:
Note: This is the 6-year normal Senate seat election.
Mississippi Special Senatorial primary:
Note: This is the 2-year Senate special election for seat vacated by Thad Cochran. The three candidates listed will participate in a jungle primary on November 6th, with a runoff (if no candidate gets over 50%) on November 27th.
Montana GOP Senatorial primary:
New Jersey GOP Senatorial primaries:
New Mexico GOP Gubernatorial primary:
New Mexico Senatorial primaries:
South Dakota GOP Gubernatorial primary:

Source: Numerous news sources; see excerpts from California gubernatorial debates with links to other states.


Primary election results: May 22, 2018

Nominees decided in AR, GA, KY, and TX

Source: Numerous news sources; see excerpts from Georgia gubernatorial debates with links to other states.


Primary election results: May 15, 2018

Nominees decided in PA, NE, ID, and OR

Source: Numerous news sources; see excerpts from Pennsylvania gubernatorial debates with links to other states.


Primary election results: May 8, 2018

Nominees decided in OH, IN, WV, and NC

Source: Numerous news sources; see excerpts from West Virginia senate debates with links to other states.


Special election in Pennsylvania: March 13, 2018

Conor Lamb (D) beats Rick Saccone (R) in 18th district

    A special election was held in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional district:
  • Oct. 5, 2017: Incumbent Rep. Tim Murphy( R) announced his resignation over sexual misconduct charges.
  • Oct. 21, 2017: Governor Tom Wolf (D), upon Murphy's exit, set the date for a special election for March 13, 2018
  • Nov. 11, 2017: Republicans nominate State Rep. Rick Saccone (R), over State Senator Guy Reschenthaler and State Senator Kim Ward.
  • Nov. 19, 2017: Democrats nominate Conor Lamb (D), over Westmoreland County Commissioner Gina Cerilli and former Assistant Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Pam Iovino.
  • March 13, 2018: Conor Lamb (D) wins the special election.


    March 15, 2018: Due to redistricting ordered by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to undo gerrymandering, this district and neighboring districts all have their borders redrawn, including...
  • 14th district: After losing a close race in the 18th district, Rick Saccone (R) will run in Pennsylvania's 14th district, against State Senator Guy Reschenthaler (R).
  • 17th district: Two incumbents will face each other: Rep. Keith Rothfus (R, PA-17) vs. Rep. Conor Lamb (D, PA-18)
  • 18th district: Neighboring district incumbent Michael Doyle (D, PA-14) will run in the 18th district against Janis Brooks (R).

Source: Numerous news sources and Ballotpedia info on PA-14, PA-17, and PA-18 districts.


State of the State speeches: Feb. 8, 2018

Excerpts from seven governors' speeches, Jan. 9th - Feb. 8th

Every governor makes a State of the State speech annually, including both outgoing and incoming governors. These occur sometime in January and March; we work to excerpt all 50 states, starting with these:

Source: See State of the State transcripts and additional 2018 OnTheIssues excerpts of State of the State speeches.


State of the Union speech: Jan. 30, 2018

President Trump's first official SOTU, plus the Democratic Party response

    Highlights from Pres. Trump's SOTU speech:
  • Immigration: Close deadly loopholes that allow in gangs like MS-13.
  • Health Care: The cruel ObamaCare individual mandate is gone.
  • Tax Reform: Doubled standard deduction for all; average $2000 tax cut.
    Highlights from Rep. Joe Kennedy's Democratic response:
  • Immigration: Build a wall and my generation will tear it down.
  • Welfare & Poverty: The world's greatest nation shouldn't leave anyone behind.
  • Civil Rights: Don't measure worth by the gender of your spouse.

Source: Full SOTU excerpts from official transcripts.


Smith & Jones, two new Senators, sworn in: Jan. 3, 2018

Results of special election in Alabama; and resignation in Minnesota

Two new Senators were sworn in this week:

    Next elections:
  • Senator Jones will face re-election in 2020 (his term is three years, because he is filling the remaining term of Sen. Sessions)
  • Senator Smith will face re-election in 2018 (her term is "interim", because she is appointed, like Luther Strange was in Alabama. The winner of the 2018 election will serve for two years, until what would have been the end of term for Sen. Franken).
  • We refer to Tina Smith's upcoming election in 2018 as "MN-2" for the Minnesota two-year Senate term, in contrast to "MN-6", the normal Minnesota six-year Senate term, which will both occur in the same election. In other words, Minnesota has TWO Senate elections at once in November 2018, which only occurs after resignations.
  • Alabama didn't end up with two elections at once because the other Alabama Senator's term happens to end in 2022.

Source: Numerous news sources; see Senate membership roster for other resignations and retirements.


Three Congressional resignations: Dec. 5-8, 2017

One Senator and two Congressmen resign over sexual harassment accusations

Three members of Congress resigned this week; following is the status of how they will get replaced.

  • Dec. 8: Congressman Trent Franks (R-AZ-8) resigned, effective immediately.
    Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ) will set the date for a special election.
    (AZ law requires a special election because Rep. Franks resigned more than 6 months before the next scheduled election in Nov. 2018)
  • Dec. 7: Senator Al Franken (D-MN) resigned, effective "in the coming weeks".
    Governor Mark Dayton (D-MN) will appoint an interim Senator until a special election is held in Nov. 2018.
    (Federal law requires that the governor appoint to fill Senate vacancies; then a special election in Nov. 2018 will fill the vacant seat from 2018 until the regularly-scheduled election in Nov. 2020)

  • Dec. 5: Congressman John Conyers (D-MI-13) resigned, effective immediately.
    Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) opted to keep the House seat vacant for 11 months, until Nov. 2018.
    (MI law allows for a special election anytime between now and the next election; Snyder chose the special election date to coincide with the general election date in Nov. 2018)

Source: Numerous news sources; see House membership roster and Senate membership roster for eventual replacements.


Gubernatorial results in New Jersey and Virginia: Nov. 7, 2017

Democrats win in both governor races of 2017

Only two states elected governors in 2017, VA and NJ; here are the results:

Democratic contendersStatusRepublican contendersStatus
Phil Murphy, bankerWon N.J. governorship, Nov. 2017Kim Guadagno, Lieutenant GovernorLost N.J. general election Nov 7, 2017
John S. Wisniewski, State AssemblymanLost N.J. Dem. primary, June 2017Jack Ciattarelli, State AssemblymanLost N.J. GOP primary, June 2017
  Chris Christie, incumbent N.J. governorRetiring 2018
Ralph Northam, Virginia Governor-electWon VA governorship, Nov. 2017Ed Gillespie, Former RNC ChairLost VA general election Nov 7, 2017
Tom Perriello, former U.S. RepLost VA Dem. primary, June 2017Frank Wagner, VA State SenatorLost VA GOP primary, June 2017
Terry McAuliffe, former DNC chairTerm-limited VA Governor as of Jan. 2018Corey Stewart, County SupervisorLost VA GOP primary, June 2017
Kathie Allen (D-UT-3)Lost House UT-3 special election, Nov. 7, 2017John Curtis, mayor of ProvoWon House UT-3 special election, Nov. 7 2017
(Click on the links above to see the issue stances of the winners and losers of the NJ, VA, and UT elections)

Source: Excerpts from 2017 NJ governor debates and NJ gubernatorial race in 50-state context.


Two Congressional resignations: Oct. 5-21, 2017

Murphy resigns over sexual misconduct; Tiberi resigns for a better job

Two members of Congress resigned this week; following is the status of how they will get replaced.

  • Oct. 5: Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA-18) resigned, effective Oct. 21.
    Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) set the date for the special election for March 13, 2018.
    (Republicans nominated State Rep. Rick Saccone on Nov. 11; Democrats nominated Conor Lamb Nov. 19)

  • Oct. 19: Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12) resigned, effective Jan. 31, 2018, to take a job with the Ohio Business Roundtable, leaving his constituents unrepresented, and then requiring taxpayers to foot the bill for a special election to replace him.
    Governor John Kasich (R-OH) will set the special election date after Tiberi's resignation takes effect.
    (Contenders include Democratic Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott and Republican State Sen. Troy Balderson)

Source: Numerous news sources; see House membership roster for eventual replacements.


Alabama Senate primary & runoff: August 15 & September 26, 2017

Incumbent Luther Strange defeated

  • Nov. 18, 2016: Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions appointed as United States Attorney General
  • Feb. 9, 2017: Luther Strange appointed as interim Senator
  • Aug. 15, 2017: Roy Moore places first in Republican primary
  • Sept. 26, 2017: Roy Moore wins Republican runoff
  • Dec. 12, 2017: Roy Moore (R) faces Doug Jones (D) in general election

Source: Ballotpedia Special elections 2017
For more: excerpts from 2017 Alabama special election.


Special House Elections: June 20, 2017

Trump Cabinet appointees replaced in U.S. House of Representatives

Source: Ballotpedia Special elections 2017


Gubernatorial primary in Virginia: June 13, 2017

Head-to-head race defined for November 2017

OnTheIssues covers the major candidates in the Virginia gubernatorial race; the election will take place on Nov. 7, 2017 (only two states will elect governors in 2017: VA and NJ):

Democratic contendersStatusRepublican contendersStatus
Ralph Northam, Lieutenant GovernorWon Dem. primary, June 2017Ed Gillespie, Former RNC ChairWon GOP primary, June 2017
Tom Perriello, former U.S. RepLost Dem. primary, June 2017Frank Wagner, State SenatorLost GOP primary, June 2017
Terry McAuliffe, former DNC chairTerm-limited as of Jan. 2018Corey Stewart, County SupervisorLost GOP primary, June 2017
Gerry Connolly, U.S. RepDeclined Dem. primary, Dec. 2015Rob Wittman, U.S. RepWithdrew from GOP primary, Dec. 2016
  Ken Cuccinelli, former Attorney General of VirginiaDeclined GOP primary, May 2016
(Click on the links above to see the issue stances of the winners and losers of the VA primary)

Source: Excerpts from 2017 VA governor debates and VA gubernatorial race in 50-state context.


Special House Elections: April-May-June, 2017

Appointees replaced in U.S. House of Representatives

Source: Ballotpedia Special elections 2017


New Alabama Governor: April 10, 2017

Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey seated after Governor resigns; calls for Special Senate Election

  • Feb. 8: Senator Jeff Sessions (R) appointed by Donald Trump as U.S. Attorney General.
  • Feb. 9: Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) appointed by Gov. Bentley to the U.S. Senate to replace Jeff Sessions, while Strange was investigating Bentley for impeachment.
  • April 10: Gov. Robert Bentley (R) resigned instead of facing impeachment, and pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges.
  • April 18: Newly-seated Gov. Kay Ivey (R) calls for special Senate election to un-do Bentley's Senate appointment, as a "victory for the rule of law."
  • April 20: State Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore (R) suspended from the Supreme Court, for the second time since 2003; Moore then announced his candidacy for the Senate (Moore defeated Strange in the runoff on Sept. 26; then Moore was accused of sexual misconduct).

Source: Ballotpedia Special elections 2017


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