Senate, House, governor’s races on the line in 7 states

Senate, House, governor's races on the line in 7 states
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June 26 (UPI) — Polls will be busy in more than a half-dozen states Tuesday.

Voters in New York, Utah, Oklahoma, Maryland and Colorado will cast ballots Tuesday in a number of primary races, as South Carolina and Mississippi hold runoff elections.

Democrats are eyeing district elections in New York, Colorado and Maryland, where they hope to unseat Republican incumbents in the party’s push to regain the House majority. Gubernatorial races will be resolved in Colorado, Oklahoma and Maryland.

New York

1st District: Voters will decide which Democratic challenger in a crowded field will take on incumbent Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin in November. The front-runners appear to be Kate Browning, who fled Ireland during its civil rights conflict, and business executive Perry Gershon, who’s put at least $600,00 of his own money into the campaign.

Scientist Elaine DiMasi, David Pechefsky and former county official Vivian Viloria-Fisher round out the field.

2nd District: Multiple Democrats are targeting incumbent Rep. Peter King. Suffolk County official DuWayne Gregory and consultant and grassroots activist Liuba Shirley are trying to unseat the 13-term Republican.

11th District: Republican Rep. Dan Donovan faces a challenge from Michael Grimm, who criticized the incumbent for voting against Congress’ tax overhaul and its attempted repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Democrats vying for the seat include veteran Max Rose and union-backed, Medicare-for-all advocate Omar Vaid.

14th District: Democratic Rep Joe Crowley, a 10-term incumbent, will face a challenge from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the district, which is expected to remain Democrat-held in November.

19th District: Republican Incumbent Rep. John Faso will face the winner of a slew of Democratic candidates, including attorney Antonio Delgado; Pat Ryan, who’s running on a gun control platform; business executive Brian Flynn; Gareth Rhodes, a former Andrew Cuomo staffer; minister and long-time community leader Dave Clegg; former diplomat Jeff Beals; and Erin Collier, an economist in the Obama administration.

21st District: Incumbent Republican Elise Stefanik, the youngest woman ever elected to the House, is pursuing a third term. The Democrats looking to unseat her include former St. Lawrence County official Tedra Cobb; former Bernie Sanders delegate Patrick Nelson; former television host Dylan Ratigan; former professor Emily Martz and small business owner Katie Wilson.

23rd District: Incumbent GOP Rep. Tom Reed will face the winner of five Democratic candidates — former cardiologist Linda Andrei, retired Air Force Gen. Max Della Pia, small-business owner Ian Golden, former university administrator Tracy Mitrano and attorney Eddie Sundquist.

24th District: Democratic candidates Juanita Perez, backed by the party, and Dana Balter, who has the support some progressive groups with her Medicare-for-all platform, are vying to challenge incumbent Republican John Katko.

Colorado

6th District: Democrats are trying to unseat incumbent GOP Rep. Mike Coffman, including attorney and Army veteran Jason Crow and former Obama administration official Levi Tillemann.

Governor: The race is open, since Democrat John Hickenlooper cannot seek another term. GOP candidates include Colorado state treasurer Walker Stapleton, former state Rep. Victor Mitchell, former Mayor of Parker Greg Lopez and business executive Doug Robinson. Democratic candidates include Rep. Jared Polis, Lt. Gov. Donna Lynne, former state Sen. Michael Johnston and former state treasurer Cary Kennedy.

Maryland

1st District: Republicans Martin Elborn, a security specialist, and former small-business owner Lamont Taylor are mounting a challenge to incumbent Andy Harris. Democratic challengers include former Army intelligence officer Jesse Colvin, small-business owner Allison Galbraith and Talbot County attorney Michael Pullen.

Governor: Incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan, a popular moderate Republican, will face a challenge from one of a crowded Democratic field — including former Michelle Obama staffer Krishanti O’Mara Vignarajah, former State Department official Alec Ross and state Sen. Richard Madaleno.

Oklahoma

Governor: The race includes 10 Republican candidates vying for the seat being vacated by incumbent Mary Fallin, who is term-limited — including Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa business executive Kevin Stitt. Democratic challengers include former Oklahoma attorney general Drew Edmondson and former state Sen. Connie Johnson.

Utah

Senate: Former Massachusetts Gov. and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is the expected favorite for the seat now occupied by longtime GOP stalwart Orrin Hatch. Romney will face a challenge from state Rep. Mike Kennedy, a doctor who has been in the Utah House since 2013.

Mississippi

Senate (runoff): Incumbent GOP Sen. Roger Wicker will challenge one of two Democrats in November — venture capitalist Howard Sherman or state Rep. David Baria.

3rd District (runoff): Republican District Attorney Michael Guest faces business consultant Whit Hughes for the party nomination. The winner faces Democratic state Rep. Michael Ted Evans in November.

South Carolina

Governor (Runoff): Incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster, who has support from President Donald Trump, faces businessman John Warren.

4th District: State Sen. William Timmons and former state Sen. Lee Bright vie for the GOP nomination in the 4th District, where Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy is retiring.

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