The latest on the June 14 primaries in South Carolina, Nevada, Maine, and North Dakota.
Two Front-Runners Fall in Nevada GOP Primaries
Nevada’s anticipated 2022 midterm red wave was forecast to come in a fresco of fiery pink with women favored in the June 14 Republican primaries in three of the state’s four congressional seats now occupied by incumbent Democrats.
But with results slowly trickling in, as Election Night slipped into the morning after, only one of the three women was certain to be on November’s general election ballot.
Las Vegas real estate attorney April Becker was declared the winner in her five-candidate Congressional District 3 (CD 3) primary battle not long after polls closed at 7 p.m. local time, before the sun set behind Mount Charleston.
Trump-Endorsed Laxalt Wins Nevada Republican US Senate Primary
Trump-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Adam Laxalt has survived an unexpected challenge to win the Republican primary in Nevada.
With 83 percent of the precincts reporting at 7:27 a.m. p.m. ET on June 15, Laxalt received 56 percent of the vote.
As expected, incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) easily dismissed her three Democrat challengers to earn a shot at a second term. She received more than 90 percent of the vote.
Laxalt and Cortez Masto will face each other in the general election on November 8. Four other candidates qualified to be on the ballot in November: a Libertarian, a member of the Independent American Party, and two Independents.
Trump’s Pick for Nevada Governor Ekes Out Win in Field of 15, Advances to Face Democrat Incumbent
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo hopes that, for his 60th birthday, Nevadans will give him the keys to the office of the governor of their state.
He’ll celebrate by going toe-to-toe with Nevada’s incumbent Gov. Steve Sisolak (D). But making that birthday wish come true will be anything but a cakewalk.
Analysts have predicted the results of the general election on November 8 could be ultra-tight.
But on June 14, Lombardo tasted a sweet victory shortly after polls closed, to become the presumptive Republican nominee.
With 82 percent of the precincts reporting at 7:39 a.m. ET on June 15, Lombardo garnered more than 38 percent of the vote, ousting 14 Republican rivals.
Incumbent Mace Defeats Arrington in South Carolina Congressional Primary
Rep. Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) defeated challenger Katie Arrington in the South Carolina 1st Congressional District Republican primary on June 14.
With 95 percent of the votes reported at 11:17 p.m. ET, Mace received 53.06 percent of the vote followed by Arrington at 45.18 percent, according to Decision Desk HQ.
It was a race that featured an incumbent who was endorsed by President Donald Trump in 2020 and a former state representative who secured his stamp of approval this year.
Mace maintained a lead late into the evening, but results from Arrington stronghold Beaufort County had not arrived, giving the challenger hope. Mace ultimately prevailed in Beaufort County with 52.09 percent compared to Arrington’s 45.97 percent with 91 percent of the vote counted.
Fry Defeats Rice in South Carolina Congressional Primary
Trump-endorsed state Rep. Russell Fry avoided a runoff and defeated Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.), one of the former president’s most outspoken critics, in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District primary on June 14.
With 95 percent of the votes reported at 10:41 p.m. ET, Fry received 51.08 percent of the vote followed by Rice at 24.57 percent, according to Decision Desk HQ.
The race included Rice and six challengers. In South Carolina, primary candidates must surpass 50 percent of the vote to move on to the general election.
Multiple polls showed that Fry and Rice were the two top candidates, but the surveys forecast that neither would get more than 50 percent support.
DC Insider Wins Maine US House Republican Primary
Maine Republicans on June 24 decided that they want former Congressman Bruce Poliquin to once again represent their interests in Washington.
Decision Desk HQ called the race for Poliquin at 10:23 p.m. ET.
Poliquin, who has the backing of Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage, was a 2019 Trump nominee to the government-run Securities Investment Protection Corporation (SIPC).
With his “Bring Back Bruce” campaign, he garnered 61.5 percent of votes with 26 percent of the ballots counted at 10:39 p.m. ET, according to Decision Desk HQ. He defeated GOP contender Liz Caruso.
Brent Littlefield, Poliquin’s campaign adviser, told The Epoch Times that the upper echelon of Washington Republicans are already lining up to ensure Poliquin takes the important congressional seat. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) is already scheduled to come to Maine and campaign for Poliquin.
McMaster, Cunningham Win South Carolina Gubernatorial Primaries
Incumbent Gov. Henry McMaster decisively defeated lone challenger Harrison Musselwhite in South Carolina’s Republican gubernatorial primary on June 14. He will face Democrat Joe Cunningham, who won the Democrat primary, in the general election in November.
With 73 percent of the votes reported at 10:15 p.m. ET on June 14, McMaster received 83.6 percent of the vote.
Cunningham, a former congressman, topped state Sen. Mia McLeod in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
Hoeven Wins North Dakota GOP Primary
Incumbent Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) won the Republican primary in North Dakota on June 14.
Hoeven’s victory was a predictable end to the primary that pitted him against challenger Riley Kuntz.
With 18 percent of the votes reported at 9:47 p.m. ET, Hoeven received 78.9 percent of the votes and was declared the winner by the Associated Press.
Hoeven held a North Dakota Senate seat for 12 years and served as governor of North Dakota. In 2020, 96 percent of North Dakota incumbents won.
Former President Donald Trump and North Dakota Republican party endorsed Hoeven.
Jackson Elliot, Jeff Louderback, Darlene McCormick Sanchez, and Alice Giordano, Nanette Holt, and John Haughey contributed to this report.