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Voters in seven states, including New York, Colorado and Illinois, head to the polls for the primaries

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Voters in seven states head to the polls on Tuesday in races that will test candidates backed by Trump, a pro-abortion Republican and the popularity of new New York Governor Kathy Hochul.

The Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade will add a new element to Tuesday’s races, which will be held in New York, Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah.

Here’s what to look out for:

New York

New York’s primaries were supposed to be even more contentious, but its US House primaries were postponed until August 23 after a court struck down the state’s first draft redistricting map.

Hochul, who was thrust into the executive seat on the resignation of disgraced former Governor Andrew Cuomo, is trying to keep her job amid challenges from Rep. Tom Suozzi, a moderate Democratic congressman from Long Island, and by Jumaane Williams, a progressive audience. New York lawyer.

Suozzi, running to Hochul’s right, suggested the governor isn’t tough enough on crime, suggesting she should have gone further to restrict the state’s bail law.

Governor Hochul, who was thrust into the executive seat following the resignation of disgraced former governor Andrew Cuomo, is trying to keep her job despite challenges

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Representative Lee Zeldin

On the Republican side, Andrew, the son of former mayor Rudy Giuliani, takes on GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin

Williams, running to Hochul’s left, said she wasn’t taking enough progressive steps, accusing him of being “systematically shamefully out of the loop.”

On the Republican side, Representative Lee Zeldin is the favorite in a race with former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s son Andrew Giuliani, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and businessman Harry Wilson.

Former Vice President Mike Pence endorsed Zeldin, but former President Trump stayed out of the running.

Utah

Incumbent GOP Sen. Mike Lee, one of former President Trump’s close allies, will be forced to fend off attacks from two challengers over his ties to the former president in the moderate, right-wing state.

Former state legislator Becky Edwards and political operative Ally Isom, both Republicans who did not vote for Trump in 2020, accused Lee of being more concerned with television appearances and favoring Trump. Trump than run the state.

Both highlighted Lee’s post-election text messages sent to Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, highlighting his involvement in the voter fraud plot that led to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Edwards, meanwhile, said she disagreed with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade. The primaries will test both the popularity of Edwards’ pro-Roe position in the Mormon-majority state and Trump’s political clout there.

Oklahoma

In the Sooner State, Republican voters choose candidates in both Senate races.

A host of Republicans are running to replace GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe, including former Trump Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, who resigned from the agency after a series of ethics scandals .

GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin is favored to garner the most votes, but the race will likely go into a runoff as no candidate is expected to garner more than 50% of the vote in the crowded field, which also includes Luke Holland. , the longtime leader of Inhofe. staff and T.W. Shannon, the first speaker in the Darkroom of the State Legislature.

Illinois

The Illinois GOP governor’s primary will test Trump’s political clout in Darren Bailey, a biblical conservative farmer who won Trump’s endorsement last weekend.

Also facing off in the field of six candidates is Richard Irvin, the first black mayor of Illinois’ second-largest suburb. Irvin got $50 million from billionaire Ken Griffin, but Democrats heavily targeted Irvin because they saw Bailey as easier for incumbent Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker to defeat in November.

The Illinois GOP governor's primary will test Trump's political clout in Darren Bailey, a biblical conservative farmer who won Trump's endorsement last weekend

The Illinois GOP governor’s primary will test Trump’s political clout in Darren Bailey, a biblical conservative farmer who won Trump’s endorsement last weekend

Democrats viewed Bailey as easier to defeat for incumbent Democratic Governor JB Pritzker, above, in November

Democrats viewed Bailey as easier to defeat for incumbent Democratic Governor JB Pritzker, above, in November

There are two incumbent-to-incumbent races in Illinois — Trump-backed first-term Rep. Mary Miller will face Rep. Rodney Davis, a more moderate five-term Republican.

Miller made headlines over the weekend when she said the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe was a “historic victory for white life.” A spokeswoman said she misspoke and meant a “historic victory for the right to life”.

Two Democratic incuments – Rep. Marie Newman and Sean Casten, are vying for the same seat after a redistricting plan redesigned the suburbs of Chicago.

While both candidates have very liberal records, Newman positions herself as the more leftist candidate in the race. She supports the Green New Deal and attacked Casten for voting for “anti-choice” President George HW Bush detailing her own abortion experience in the 1980s.

Rep. Mary Miller, above, will face Rep. Rodney Davis, a more moderate five-term Republican.

Rep. Mary Miller, above, will face Rep. Rodney Davis, a more moderate five-term Republican.

Colorado

In Colorado, two Republicans on opposite ends of the party face off in the Senate primary to take on Senator Michael Bennett.

GOP businessman Joe O’Dea said he supports a federal ban on late-term abortions and federal funding for the procedure, but would leave the decision to terminate a pregnancy in the early months “between a person and his God”.

O’Dea’s main rival is State Rep. Ron Hanks, who opposes abortion in all cases and attended the Jan. 6 “Save America” ​​rally before the Capitol riot.

Bennet is unchallenged on the Democratic side.

The Colorado primaries will also test the star power of Rep. Lauren Boebert whose sprawling western Colorado district is even more heavily Republican after redistricting.

GOP businessman Joe O'Dea said he supports a federal ban on late-term abortions and federal funding for the procedure, but would leave the decision to terminate a pregnancy in the early months

GOP businessman Joe O’Dea said he supports a federal ban on late-term abortions and federal funding for the procedure, but would leave the decision to terminate a pregnancy in the early months “between a person and his God”.

Mississippi

Mississippi already had its primaries on June 7, but two Republicans were forced into a runoff after failing to clear the 50% threshold.

Rep. Steven Palazzo seeks a seventh term and fends off criticism after a 2021 congressional ethics report accused his office of misusing campaign funds, doing favors for his brother and using staff for errands political and personal. Palazzo confronts former sheriff Mike Ezell.

Representative Michael Guest is seeking a third term, forced into the primary after voting to create an independent commission to investigate on Jan. 6 and has been criticized as disloyal to Trump. He will face Michael Cassidy, a former Navy fighter pilot.

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In Palmetto State, Democrats will choose who they would like to face Republican Sen. Tim Scott in the fall. Scott said it will be his last term if re-elected and has raised more than $44 million in his effort.

South Carolina State Rep. Krystle Matthews, author and curator Catherine Fleming Bruce and Angela Geter, Air Force veteran and former chair of the Spartanburg County Democrats, will face off.

Scott is running as a presidential candidate in 2024 and has won his previous two races with over 60% of the vote. He is running unchallenged on the Republican side.