Voters in two of the most liberal cities in America sent a clear message to the Democratic Party on Tuesday: they want their leaders to refocus on the most basic functions of government by ensuring their safety, protecting their quality of life and restoring order.For months now, voters in San Francisco and Los Angeles have voiced their concerns that daily life in their cities appears to be spiraling out of control. Residents in San Francisco have been contending with a rise in burglaries and car thefts, as well an alarming spate of hate crimes directed against Asian Americans. Los Angeles residents have witnessed a sharp increase in violent crime, while city leaders have been grappling with a homelessness crisis that has led to the proliferation of tents and trash across parks, sidewalks and public spaces, while exposing an untreated mental health emergency on their streets.On Tuesday, San Francisco voters registered their disquiet by recalling District Attorney Chesa Boudin amid concern that he was advancing progressive policies as a national criminal justice reform advocate at the cost of their safety. It was a move that signaled just how far the political pendulum has swung since the 2020 election cycle when many Democratic voters cited police accountability and criminal justice overhauls among their top concerns — a debate that reached a crescendo following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Video: Voters talk about what issues matter to them in California primary electionOn the same night, voters in the overwhelmingly progressive city of Los Angeles signaled their unease with Democrats’ handling of crime and homelessness by elevating billionaire shopping mall magnate Rick Caruso, a former Republican who became a Democrat earlier this year, into a runoff race to replace term-limited Mayor Eric Garcetti.Six-term U.S. Rep. Karen Bass was once viewed as the frontrunner in the mayor’s race, but Caruso mounted an unexpectedly strong challenge against her, spending $40 million to push the argument that city leaders have failed to keep people safe and have proven inept in finding solutions to house some 41,000 people living on the streets.Bass, a Democrat who led the House negotiations on legislation to increase police accountability after Floyd’s death, has promised to make public safety a priority. She pledged to restore the Los Angeles Police Department to its authorized force of 9,700 officers, in part by hiring more civilians to free up 250 officers to return to street patrols. But she has not gone as far as Caruso, who has promised to hire 1,500 additional officers and to bring on some 500 sanitation workers to clean up the streets — proposals that his critics say the city cannot afford.For months now, the crosswinds facing Democrats nationally as they struggle to find an effective message on crime and inflation have been apparent in races across California, where Democrats currently hold all the statewide offices and dominate the congressional delegation.The new map that was drawn by the state’s nonpartisan redistricting commission last year yielded as many as ten competitive House races in California.Golden State voters are contending with the highest gas prices in the nation, unsettled by the spike in violent crime and frustrated by the fact that they see no improvement in homelessness even though billions of dollars are flowing to build housing and shelters. All those issues have surfaced in close races in the state, emboldening Republicans who are advancing the notion that Democratic policies are leading to chaos.The low turnout in Tuesday’s elections in California and New Jersey was another sign that Democrats are failing to energize their voters in states that will be key to their hopes of holding control of Congress.Despite an array of competitive House races — where the top two vote-getters regardless of party will advance to the general election — only 19% of California ballots had been returned as of Tuesday even though they were mailed to nearly 22 million voters weeks ago, according to ballot tracking data from the California-based firm Political Data Intelligence.Voters also cast ballots in Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota on Tuesday in primary contests that offered a window into how much voters intend to blame the party in power for their dissatisfaction about the state of the economy and the country.Video: Primary election night coverage in MississippiSeveral California Republican incumbents faced their own challenges as the various factions of the GOP continue to wrestle for dominance. Rep. David Valadao, one of ten GOP members who supported Trump’s 2021 impeachment, faced a challenge on his right in his Democratic-leaning Central Valley seat — the new 22nd District. Former Fresno City Councilmember Chris Mathys said he decided to run because of Valadao’s impeachment vote, but Trump has not gotten involved in the race.GOP Rep. Young Kim confronted strong competition from her right flank in the newly drawn 40th District in Orange County from Marine veteran Greg Raths, another Trump loyalist.On the flip side, Democrats hope to use GOP Rep. Mike Garcia’s ties to Trump against him in California’s 27th District after redistricting made his northern Los Angeles County seat more Democratic. (Garcia voted against certifying the 2020 presidential election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania.) Former state Assemblywoman Christy Smith, a Democrat, will advance to a runoff in the district with Garcia, CNN projected.Iowa Democrats delivered an upset on Tuesday night by rejecting a one time star in the party, former Rep. Abby Finkenauer, in her bid to take on veteran GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley in November.Following Finkenauer’s recent blunder — where she almost failed to qualify for the ballot when a judge found that she had not met the signature requirements — as well as her loss two years ago to Republican Rep. Ashley Hinson, Democrats in the Hawkeye State went in a different direction. They chose retired Navy Adm. Mike Franken to go up against Grassley, the longest-serving Republican in the U.S. Senate, who will win his party’s primary as he seeks an eighth term, CNN projected.Finkenauer served for one term in Congress after she won a district in 2018 that former President Donald Trump had carried two years earlier. At that time, she was the second-youngest woman ever elected to Congress, at the age of 29.Elsewhere in Iowa, one of the most competitive races is in the 3rd District, where Rep. Cindy Axne, the only Democrat in the congressional delegation, hopes to hold her seat in a district that Trump would have won by less than half a point. CNN projected that state Sen. Zach Nunn, an Air Force veteran, will win the Republican primary in the Des Moines-area district.The other two competitive House races in Iowa are set. GOP Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks will face Democratic state Rep. Christina Bohannan in the new 1st District. In the 2nd District, Hinson will face Democratic state Sen. Liz Mathis, who is also a former local TV news anchor.There were also several high-profile congressional races in New Jersey. In the state’s 7th District, a battleground that became more Republican in redistricting, CNN projected that Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski and Republican Tom Kean Jr., the former state Senate minority leader and son of former New Jersey Gov. Tom Kean, will face off in the general election.In the 8th District in northern New Jersey, Democrat Rob Menendez Jr., son of New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, will win the Democratic primary, CNN projects, as he runs for the seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Albio Sires.GOP Rep. Chris Smith, who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, fended off an array of primary challengers in the 4th District in central New Jersey, including Mike Crispi, a talk show host endorsed by Trump allies such as Roger Stone and Rudy Giuliani.In Montana, Trump backed his former Interior secretary Ryan Zinke — despite his history of controversy — as the candidate attempts to return to Congress. The state won a second congressional seat following the 2020 census results. Zinke faced four other candidates in the GOP primary, including former state Sen. Al Olszewski and pastor Mary Todd, as questions swirl about Zinke’s residency.In South Dakota, Rep. Dusty Johnson will win the GOP primary for the state’s only congressional seat, CNN projected. He faced a primary challenge after voting to certify the 2020 presidential election results. CNN also projected that South Dakota GOP Gov. Kristi Noem, a potential 2024 contender, will defeat her primary challenger, state Rep. Steven Haugaard, who had accused her of being insufficiently conservative and spending too much time as governor tending to her ambitions for higher office.
Tuesday, June 7, is the busiest day of the 2022 primary season, as seven states headed to the polls.
Voters in California, New Jersey, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Montana and Iowa decided which candidates will face off in November’s general election.
Here are updates of results, breaking news and emerging storylines from races in all seven states:
2:30 a.m. ET
Democratic U.S. Rep. Karen Bass and billionaire developer Rick Caruso breezed past a large field of rivals looking to be the next mayor of Los Angeles and advanced Tuesday to a runoff election in November.
2:00 a.m. ET
Democrat Rudy Salas advances to November general election in California’s 22nd Congressional District.
1:30 a.m. ET
San Francisco residents voted Tuesday to recall progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin following a heated campaign that captivated the country and bitterly divided Democrats over crime, policing and public safety reform in the famously liberal city.
1:15 a.m. ET
Democrat Jay Chen advances to November general election in California’s 45th Congressional District.
12:45 a.m. ET
Republican U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi was forced into a runoff Tuesday after a congressional ethics watchdog raised questions about his campaign spending and he faced his largest-ever field of primary challengers.
12:10 a.m. ET
In a highly-anticipated vote, San Francisco has ousted progressive District Attorney Chesa Boudin in a heated recall that divided Democrats over crime.
12:00 a.m. ET
The AP is reporting that Republican Brian Dahle will advance to November’s general election for California governor to face Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Video below: CA Secretary of State explains why some races won’t be called Tuesday night
11:50 p.m. ET
Bob Healey has been declared the winner of the Republican primary for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.
In California’s 8th Congressional District, Democrat John Garamendi will advance to November’s general election.
11:40 p.m. ET
Democratic Rep. Scott Peters will advance to November’s general election in California’s 50th Congressional District, according to the AP. As will Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in California’s 48th Congressional District, Democratic Rep. Sara Jacobs in the 51st Congressional District and Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley in the 26th Congressional District.
Tim Alexander has also won the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.
11:15 p.m. ET
The AP has officially called two of the more expected results of the night.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom has secured a spot on the ballot in November’s general election.
The embattled Democratic politician, who fought off a recall attempt in 2021, does not know his opponent yet, but early results indicate it could be Republican Brian Dahle, though it’s too early to call.
Video below: California Voters talk about what issues matter to them
Additionally, Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla has also advanced to November. Padilla, who was appointed by Newsom to fill the seat vacated by Vice President Kamala Harris, is still awaiting his opponent as well. Early returns point to Republican Mark Meuser snagging that second spot.
11:00 p.m. ET
Polls have closed in the final state of the night: California.
10:45 p.m. ET
The AP has called a slew of House races across the country.
Thomas Kean Jr. has won the Republican nomination for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, setting up a November match-up with vulnerable Rep. Tom Malinowski, who is seen as a top target by the GOP in 2022.
Also, Zach Nunn has secured the Republican nomination for U.S. House in Iowa’s 3rd Congressional District, Susan Kiley won the Republican nomination in New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District, Rep. Matt Rosendale won the Republican primary in Montana’s newly created 2nd Congressional District and Rep. Dusty Johnson will once again be the Republican nominee for U.S. House in South Dakota.
Video below: Zach Nunn ‘honored’ to win GOP primary
10:35 p.m. ET
Incumbent GOP Rep. Steve Palazzo is headed to a primary runoff in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District.
Recently, Palazzo has been in hot water after the Office of Congressional Ethics reported in 2020 that there was “substantial reason to believe” the six-term congressman had misused campaign funds for personal expenses.
Right now, Palazzo’s runoff opponent — which will take place on June 28 — is unknown. Only a few hundred votes currently separate challengers Mike Ezell and Clay Wagner.
10:15 p.m. ET
The AP is reporting that Michael Franken has won the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in Iowa, nabbing the opportunity to face Sen. Chuck Grassley.
Video below: Franken wins Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate
Franken defeated former U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer, who earlier in the race was seen as the frontrunner for the nomination.
Now, Franken is hoping to convince Iowans it is time to move on from the 88-year-old Grassley and tap into the state’s moderate reputation.
10:00 p.m. ET
Polls have closed in Montana.
A flurry of races were also called at 10 p.m., including David Pinckney for Republican nominee in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, Gabriel Vasquez for Democratic nominee in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, Johnny DuPree for Democratic nominee in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District and Rep. Jeff Van Drew for Republican nominee in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District.
Additionally, Robert Menendez is the winner of the Democratic primary for the U.S. House in New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District.
Menendez is the son of current U.S. Sen. Robert Menedez.
9:40 p.m. ET
Mark Ronchetti, a former television meteorologist, has secured the Republican nomination for governor of New Mexico, according to the AP.
Ronchetti, a former candidate for Senate who lost to Sen. Ben Ray Luján in 2020, will face Democratic incumbent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who ran unopposed in her party’s primary.
Video player above: Mark Ronchetti declared winner of Republican governor’s race
Plus, two more races have been called in New Jersey — Claire Gustafson and Christopher Smith will be the Republican nominees for the state’s 1st and 4th districts, respectively.
Gustafson will face and look to unseat Rep. Donald Norcross, who won the Democratic nomination earlier in the night.
9:30 p.m. ET
Facing his first primary challenge since 1980, Sen. Chuck Grassley has won the Republican nomination, staving off state Sen. Jim Carlin.
The 88-year-old Grassley is looking to lock up his eighth term as senator in Iowa.
Video below: Grassley defeats Jim Carlin for shot at 8th Senate term
Also, Donald Payne Jr. is the winner of the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District, according to the AP.
9:20 p.m. ET
Two GOP heavyweights in South Dakota have been declared early primary winners by the AP: Sen. John Thune and Gov. Kristi Noem.
Both incumbents had to stave off challenges from opponents on their political right, highlighting the emerging energy of the far-right activist wing of the Republican party.
Also, in Mississippi, House stalwart and Jan. 6 committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson has won the Democratic nomination in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District.
Thompson’s seat is believed to be safe in November’s general election.
9:10 p.m. ET
Rep. Trent Kelly is the winner of the Republican primary for the U.S. House in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District, according to the AP.
Kelly defeated Mark Strauss, a former Libertarian candidate in Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District.
Additionally, the AP is reporting that Dianne Black has won the Democratic nomination in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District.
Kelly and Black will face in November’s general election.
9:00 p.m. ET
The polls have closed in Iowa, New Mexico and South Dakota.
8:55 p.m. ET
The AP is reporting that Rep. Andy Kim has won the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District.
The two-term congressman’s district stretches from the suburbs right outside Philadelphia to the Jersey Shore, and, according to Politico, is likely to lean Democratic in the general election.
8:45 p.m. ET
The second race of the night to be called by AP is the Democratic primary in New Jersey’s 1st Congressional District, which goes to incumbent Rep. Donald Norcross.
Norcross has held the seat since 2014.
8:30 p.m. ET
Tom Malinowski wins the Democratic nomination for U.S. House in New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District, according to the Associated Press.
Malinowski’s seat is being heavily targeted by the GOP in November. The two-term congressman won by less than a point in 2020, and with redistricting, the district has become redder in 2022.
The favorite to be his opponent in the general election is Thomas Kean Jr., the former minority leader of the state senate, who is backed by GOP stalwarts like former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
8:00 p.m. ET
The first polls of the night have closed in New Jersey and Mississippi.
All four of Mississippi’s House seats were on the ballot Tuesday night, while New Jersey voters were picking candidates for 12 seats.
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