Colorado GOP Rejects Election Deniers, Trump Notches Wins in Illinois

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  • Multiple states held primary elections Tuesday, including New York, Illinois, Colorado, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Utah.
  • New York Governor Kathy Hochul easily won the Democratic primary as she vies for her first elected term after taking over the position from Andrew Cuomo who resigned last year. Andrew Giuliani, the son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, lost the Republican primary to Representative Lee Zeldin.
  • Trump-backed state senator Darren Bailey won the Republican primary for Illinois governor and will face Democratic incumbent J.B. Pritzker. Also with Trump's backing, Mary Miller won her House primary against another Republican who earlier incurred the president's ire.
  • Republicans in Oklahoma renominated James Lankford for Senate over a hard-right challenger. T.W. Shannon and Markwayne Mullin will advance to a primary runoff to fill the Senate seat vacated by Jim Inhofe.
  • Colorado Republican voters rejected Tina Peters, an indicted county clerk who has espoused election-related conspiracy theories, for secretary of state. Instead, GOP voters opted for Pam Anderson to take on the Democratic incumbent this fall.
  • Colorado Republican Representative Lauren Boebert sailed to a primary victory. The state's GOP voters also picked Joe O'Dea over a lawmaker who questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

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Primary Elections
Voting stickers are seen during the June Primary Election at Brooklyn Museum on June 28, 2022 in New York, New York. Getty Images/YUKI IWAMURA/Jim Vondruska/AFP/Getty Images

Trump-Era EPA Chief Sees Comeback Crumble in Oklahoma

Scott Pruitt, former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, saw his hopes of a return to electoral politics dashed in Tuesday's primary.

Appointed head of the EPA by then-President Donald Trump, Pruitt resigned in 2018 from leading the agency in response to a string of corruption scandals. Since then, Pruitt returned to Oklahoma, where he previously served as the state's attorney general.

Senator James Inhofe's retirement created an opening for Pruitt's political comeback. But Oklahoma's GOP voters had little appetite to return Pruitt to office. The most-recent vote count has Pruitt with just 5 percent of the vote in the crowded GOP Senate primary.

Instead, the Associated Press has projected that T.W. Shannon and Markwayne Mullin will advance to a primary runoff.

Trump-Backed Miller Wins Illinois House Primary

With the backing of Donald Trump, Mary Miller has won the Republican primary for an Illinois House seat after redistricting pitted her against another GOP incumbent.

The Associated Press called the race for Miller over Rodney Davis for Illinois' 15th House District, which has been reshaped to sprawl across two tracts of the state. The state's once-in-a-decade redrawing of its political maps put the two GOP representatives in the same district.

During the race, Miller touted the endorsement of Trump, who can chalk up another win in his effort to reshape the Republican Party. Davis earlier drew the ire of the former president after voting to establish a nonpartisan commission looking into the January 6 commission.

Pouncing on the vote, Miller earlier called Davis a "RINO" who stabbed President Trump in the back.

Zeldin Beats Giuliani in New York GOP Primary

Representative Lee Zeldin has won the Republican primary for New York governor in a four-way race that included Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The Associated Press called the race for Zeldin, who spent four terms representing a Long Island-based district. The most-recent vote count had Zeldin with nearly 42 percent of the vote. Giuliani, a political newcomer who campaigned with his father, trailed with about a quarter of the vote.

Zeldin will square off this November with Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul, who handily won her primary. New York hasn't elected a Republican governor since 2002.

CO GOP Rejects Indicted Clerk for Top Election Office

Tina Peters, who faces charges for breaching her county's voting system, has lost the Republican primary to become Colorado's top election officer.

The Associated Press has declared Pam Anderson the winner of the GOP nomination for Colorado secretary of state. The most-recent vote total put Anderson ahead with about 44 percent of the vote and Mike O'Donnell in second place.

Peters, who has trafficking in conspiracy theories questioning election security, trailed in third place with just over a quarter of the vote. The current clerk of Mesa County, Peters is alleged to have allowed a non-employee access a a secured room. Pictures and videos of voting equipment stored in the room later surfaced on right-wing media.

Peters has denied any wrong-doing. Early vote counts put Peters on track to lose her home county to Anderson.

By contrast, Anderson's campaign swatted down conspiracy theories while touting her experiencing administering elections.

Anderson will face Democratic incumbent Jena Griswold, who was unopposed in her primary.

Matthews Wins South Carolina's Democratic Senate Runoff

South Carolina state Representative Krystle Matthews has won the Democratic nomination for Senate, beating Catherine Fleming Bruce in Tuesday's runoff.

The Associated Press called the race for Matthews, who had nearly 57 percent of the vote over author and activist Fleming Bruce, according to the most-recent count.

Both Black women, Fleming Bruce emerged from the primary earlier this month ahead of Matthews, who managed to pull off a win in the primary.

Matthews will not take on Republican incumbent Tim Scott, the only Black Republican Senator who is favored to win re-election.

Construction CEO Joe O'Dea has won the Republican nomination for Colorado's U.S. Senate seat.

The Associated Press is projecting O'Dea the winner over state legislator Ron Hanks, who was present at protests outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The most-recent vote count had O'Dea ahead with 57 percent.

O'Dea has presented himself as a "conservative outsider" focused on clamping down on crime and inflation while supporting the police and military.

Hanks, who echoed Donald Trump's exhaustively disproven claim the 2020 presidential election, wouldn't commit during a debate earlier this month to accepting the results of the primary race, the Colorado Sun reports.

O'Dea will face Democratic incumbent Michael Bennet, who was appointed to the seat in 2009 and won a full term a year later and was reelected in 2016.

Boebert Prevails in CO Republican Primary

Firebrand first-term representative Lauren Boebert easily beat a Republican challenger in Colorado's primary race.

The Associated Press has called the race for Boebert, who fended off state Senator Don Coram for the GOP nomination for the western Colorado House seat. Early vote counts put Boebert with over 60 percent of the vote.

Boebert has been a polarizing figure for lending credence to conspiracy theories and her enthusiasm for firearms. Coram launched a primary challenge, presenting himself as a more pragmatic lawmaker.

Darren Bailey Projected to Win GOP Nomination for Illinois Governor

Darren Bailey, a legislator endorsed by Donald Trump, is on track to win the Illinois Republican nomination for governor.

CNN projected Bailey as the winner of the primary with a nearly half the vote over four other opponents, including his nearest rival, Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin.

Bailey's victory is a win for Trump, who has continued to influence the Republican Party despite losing the 2020 presidential election.

Previously, Bailey sued the state's governor over COVID-19 restrictions and was kicked off the House floor for refusing to wear a mask, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

J.B. Pritzker, the state's current incumbent governor, easily won his primary.

Lankford Wins Oklahoma Republican Senate Primary

Oklahoma Senator James Lankford has won the Republican primary over two challengers, putting him on track for a second term.

The Associated Press has called the race for Lankford. The most-recent vote count had Lankford with over two-thirds of ballots cast in the race.

The closest challenger was Tulsa Pastor Jackson Lahmeyer, a self-professed culture warrior who touted his endorsements of political operative Roger Stone, General Michael Flynn and other allies of Donald Trump.

Lankford earlier apologized for initially objecting to some Electoral College votes on January 6, before a mob stormed the Capitol.

In the run-up to the primary, Lahmeyer intensified his attacks on Lankford, calling him "a gutless coward," reports The Oklahoma City Sentinel.

New York Primary to Test Political Strength of Giuliani Name

Rudy Giuliani isn't on Tuesday's New York primary ballot, but Republican voters will weigh in on how much political pull the former New York City mayor's name still as his son makes a bid for governor.

Andrew Giuliani, a former Trump administration official and political commentator, is running as a Republican for governor of New York.

Democratic incumbent Kathy Hochul is expected to win her party's primary. But Andrew Giuliani faces three other Republicans for the nomination, notably four-term Representative Lee Zeldin.

Earning the nickname "America's Mayor," for his response to the 9/11 attacks, Rudy Giuliani has since become closely associated with former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

But Andrew Giuliani has continued to campaign alongside his father who served two-terms as New York City mayor. On election day, the younger Giuliani tweeted out a get-out-the-vote video featuring his father.

Jan. 6 Probe Draws Varied Takes in Illinois GOP House Primary

A pair of Republican candidates competing in an Illinois House primary reacted differently to Tuesday's revelations from a former Trump white House aide during the House January 6 committee hearing.

Cassidy Hutchinson told the congressional probe into the January 6 Capitol riot that then-President Donald Trump pushed Secret Service to let armed supporters into his rally. She also said Trump was "irate" when Secret Service refused to take him Capitol and grabbed the steering wheel of the vehicle transporting him.

Hutchinson's surprise testimony revealed political fault lines in Illinois' newly redrawn 15th House District, which has pitted two incumbent Republican representatives against each other.

Representative Rodney Davis told the Lee Enterprises newspaper chain that he was watching the committee on mute and didn't hear Hutchinson's testimony. But he added that, "Cassidy has always been open and honest with me when I have spoken with her."

Representative Mary Miller, a hard-right conservative backed by Trump, called the January 6 committee "disgraceful" and a "witch hunt," reports WBEZ.

South Carolina Runoff to Pick Democratic Senate Challenger

South Carolina's Democratic Senate runoff is between state Representative Krystle Matthews and Catherine Fleming Bruce, an author and activist.

Flemming Bruce emerged as the front-runner in this month's three-way Democratic Senate primary with nearly 35 percent of the vote with Matthews in second with just over 33 percent.

Matthews, who was elected to the state Legislature in 2018, has the backing of other lawmakers. An author and preservationist, Flemming Bruce was appointed as the foreperson of a State Grand Jury probe into corruption.

Both are running on platforms of expanding universal health care, protecting voting rights and other progressive priorities. The winner will take on Republican incumbent Tim Scott. The last time the state elected a Democrat to Senate was in 1998.

Dems Won't Run Senate Candidate in Utah, Back Independent

Utahns won't be able to cast a vote for a Democratic Senate candidate in Tuesday's primary to take on Republican incumbent Mike Lee.

That's because the Utah Democratic Party voted earlier this spring to not bother fielding a candidate in the heavily Republican state, according to the Deseret News. Instead the party opted to throw its support behind independent candidate Evan McMullin, the first move of its kind by Utah Democrats. The last time Utah elected a Democrat to the Senate was in 1970.

A never-Trump former Republican who ran conservative independent campaign in 2020, McMullin is now hoping to unseat Lee, an ally of the former president, with a unifying message.

"Today is primary day in Utah," McMullin said in a tweet Tuesday. "I urge all Utahns to support honorable, more unifying Republicans and Democrats, who are standing up against the extremes and powerful special interests who have broken our politics and threaten our future."

Here's When Polls Close in Tonight's Primaries and Runoffs

The window for voters in seven states holding primaries or runoff elections to cast their ballots is shrinking with polls to close Tuesday evening.

In New York state, polls close at 9 p.m. Eastern standard time after opening at 6 a.m. South Carolina, which shares the time zone, will close polls at 7 p.m. for its runoff election after opening at 7 a.m.

Illinois and Oklahoma will also close their polls at at 7 p.m. Central standard time. Mississippi, which is holding its runoff election will close its polls at the same time.

In Oklahoma and Mississippi, polls opened at 7 a.m. In Illinois at 6 a.m.

Colorado, which uses vote-by-mail, ballots are due to local election offices by 7 p.m. Mountain standard time. In Utah, which also uses vote-by-mail, ballots must be turned in before 8 p.m. Mountain standard time.

Boebert Calls Separation of Church and State 'Junk'

Ahead of Colorado's primary, Republican Representative Lauren Boebert told a church congregation she is "tired of this separation of church and state junk."

"The church is supposed to direct the government," Boebert said in remarks Sunday to Cornerstone Christian Center in Basalt, Colorado, reports the Desert News. "The government is not supposed to direct the church. That is not how our Founding Fathers intended it."

The concept of a "wall of separation" originated in an 1802 letter from then-President Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptist Association in Connecticut. The phrase has since been used to justify limits on religious expression in government.

In the same speech, Boebert praised former President Donald Trump for appointing Supreme Court justices who recently struck down national abortion rights.

Boebert, a first-term representative, is facing a primary challenge from legislator Don Coram for the House district that includes much of western Colorado.

CO GOP Senate Candidate Says Opponent Fixated on 2020 Election

As Colorado voters cast their ballots, Republican Senate candidate Joe O'Dea took a last-minute shot at his opponent's repeated claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

O'Dea's campaign sent out a text Monday calling his primary opponent Ron Hanks a "single-issue candidate litigating the 2020 election."

"Joe O'Dea is running to move America forward - reduce inflation, the debt, crime," reads the text from the construction CEO's campaign, obtained by the Colorado Sun.

A state legislator vying for Colorado's Senate seat, Hanks marched at the January 6 protest at the U.S. Capitol and blamed the violence on leftists, a disproven conspiracy theory. Since then, he has attracted controversy for repeating former President Donald Trump's exhaustively debunked claim that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

However, Hanks wrote on his website that while he's known for "Election Integrity—a state-controlled issue," he's now shifted his attention to national issues such as the border, energy independence and others.

The winner of the Republican primary will take on Democratic Senator Michael Bennet.