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Eight questions for elections in five states on Tuesday

Daniela Altimari, Niels Lesniewski and Herb Jackson, CQ-Roll Call on

Published in Political News

WASHINGTON — Voters will pick a replacement for former Speaker Kevin McCarthy in California, nominees for open seats in Georgia and Oregon and settle intraparty battles in Idaho and Kentucky as five states hold elections on Tuesday.

Races include possible GOP meddling in a Democratic primary, retaliation by a pro-Israel group against a Republican firebrand who questioned whether one of his party’s leaders was behind it and the potential for two sisters to serve together in the House.

Here’s a rundown of the races worth watching on Tuesday:

Who fills McCarthy’s seat?

The all-Republican special general election for the seat vacated when McCarthy resigned features state Assemblymember Vince Fong against Mike Boudreaux, the Tulare County sheriff. Fong led the field in the nonpartisan primary in March, with about 42 percent of the vote. Former President Donald Trump has endorsed Fong, who was also the preferred choice of McCarthy in the Bakersfield-area district.

The same two candidates advanced from the regular primary for the same seat, meaning one of the two will be an incumbent when they are on the ballot again in November. Fong has reported raising almost $1.5 million this cycle as of the beginning of May, compared with $423,000 for Boudreaux.

 

Which Oregon Democrat will try to flip a seat?

In a district President Joe Biden won by 9 percentage points in 2020, Republican freshman Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer is a prime target in the Democrats’ effort to retake control of the House.

But first the party has to settle on a nominee.

Many Democrats in Washington, D.C., have coalesced behind Janelle Bynum, a legislator from Clackamas County, pointing to her two victories over Chavez-DeRemer in races for the Oregon House. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee included Bynum on its “Red to Blue” program, which provides candidates with extra attention and fundraising help.

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