Democratic Govs. Kathy Hochul of New York, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, and Jared Polis of Colorado secured their party’s nominations to hold on to their seats in November as voters in all three states headed to the polls Tuesday to chose their nominees for governor. Hochul, who is seeking a first full term as governor, will face Republican Lee Zeldin, while Pritzker, who is running for a second term, will face Trump-endorsed Darren Bailey. In Colorado, Joseph O’Dea won the Republican nod to challenge Polis in November.
Voters in Utah, Oklahoma and South Carolina also turned out at the polls Tuesday to decide on their candidates for U.S. Senate, while voters in two Illinois districts dealt with a number of member vs. member races.
In Oklahoma, Sen. James Lankford (R) defeated a challenge from the right after he failed to embrace former president Donald Trump’s falsehoods about the 2020 election. Trump’s former Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, who resigned amid ethics scandals in 2018, came last in the state’s other Senate race, where Republicans were seeking to replace Sen. James M. Inhofe, who announced his retirement in February. That race ended with a runoff between Rep. Markwayne Mullin and T.W. Shannon, which will be held Aug. 23. The winner will fill the remainder of Inhofe’s current term, until 2027.
And in Nebraska, former congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) was sentenced Tuesday to two years’ probation after he was convicted on three felony counts of lying to federal investigators about illegal campaign contributions from a foreign billionaire. He resigned in March. Mike Flood (R) was projected to win his seat in the special election Tuesday.