Primaries on Tuesday settled intraparty battles in Colorado, Illinois, Mississippi, New York, Oklahoma and Utah and filled a vacant seat in Nebraska.
Highlights of races involving vulnerable incumbents or open seats are below. This report will be updated.
O’Dea beats Hanks for Senate nod: Construction company owner Joe O’Dea won the Republican primary to challenge Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet in November. O’Dea was leading state Rep. Ron Hanks 57% to 43% when The Associated Press called the race at 7:35 p.m. Mountain time. Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales rates the November race Solid Democratic, but National Republicans think it could be competitive in a climate that favors Republicans, and their hopes of winning the seat increase with the more moderate O’Dea as the nominee.
Boebert brushes off challenge: Lightning rod GOP Rep. Lauren Boebert survived a primary in the 3rd District against state Sen. Don Coram, who touted his ability to work across party lines. Boebert had 64% to Coram’s 36% when the AP called the race at 7:36 p.m. Mountain time.
Lamborn renominated: Rep. Doug Lamborn defeated three Republican primary challengers to retain his 5th District seat. Lamborn had 50% of the vote when The Associated Press called the race at 7:52 p.m. Mountain time. State Rep. Dave Williams was in second with 31%.
GOP picks Aadland to vie in 7th District: Army combat veteran Erik Aadland, who has also worked in the oil and gas industry, won the Republican nomination for the open seat left by retiring Democratic Rep. Ed Perlmutter in the newly redrawn 7th District.
Aadland was leading the three-way race with 48% when the AP called the race at 8:18 p.m. Mountain time. Economist Tim Reichert was in second with 36%. State Sen. Brittany Pettersen ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Inside Elections rates the November race Likely Democratic.
Kirkmeyer picked new seat: State Sen Barbara Kirkmeyer won a four-way Republican primary in the newly created 8th District. Kirkmeyer had 41% of the vote when the AP called the race at 8:12 p.m. Mountain time. Thornton mayor and oil and gas engineer Jan Kulman was second with 23%, followed by Weld County Commissioner Lori Saine, who has advocated for President Joe Biden’s impeachment, with 20%. Democrat Yadira Caraveo, a pediatrician and state lawmaker, ran unopposed. Inside Elections rates the race a Toss-up.