With elections in New York, Florida and Oklahoma, the tail-end of the August primary season arrived on Tuesday.
here are some keys things to see for tonight:
Florida Democrats challenging DeSantis: The Florida Democratic Party has wandered through the Sunshine State ever since Republican Ron DeSantis narrowly defeated his 2018 nominee for Governor Andrew Gillum. They have no power in Tallahassee as a permanent minority party in the state legislature, have squandered their large voter registration advantage, they lost the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump by a healthy margin, and have recently tried to convince donors. Florida is still a battleground worth investing in.
Meanwhile, DeSantis has become one of the most recognizable Republicans in the country and a potential GOP candidate for the White House in 2024.
On Tuesday, Democratic voters in the state will choose a candidate for governor who they hope can lead their turnaround and perhaps slow DeSantis’ meteoric rise. The election is between Representative Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor who was nominated by the Democrats as their governor in 2014, and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat.
Abortion rights – and bail reform – dominate New York House special election: Abortion rights are on the ballot in this particular election between Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, Democrat and Republican Duchess County Executive Mark Molinaro—at least, that’s what Ryan (and his lawn signs) are saying.
Iraq War veteran Ryan has sought to channel anger over the Supreme Court’s decision to end federal abortion rights in an electoral advantage over Molinaro, a moderate Republican who he says is “personally pro-life”. Despite that, he would not vote for a national ban. (At the same time, Molinaro declined to say whether he would support legislation to legalize abortion nationwide.)
An Uptown power struggle calls for “generational change”: The rediscovery greatly upset New York’s status quo, but perhaps nowhere more so than a large part of Upper Manhattan, which had been politically dominated by Democratic Reps for decades. Jerry Nadler, on the West Side, and Carolyn Maloney, on the East Side.
Their parallel lordships were joined by the hand of a “special master”, who carved out new districts, inciting one of the most brutal campaigns of the cycle in a hot summer of them. On Saturday, Maloney — on camera — recommended an editorial in the New York Post. “They call him old,” she said. Meanwhile, Nadler accused his opponent of exaggerating his record in the House, to which they were both elected in 1992.
Could the Liberals emerge from one of NY’s hottest new districts? Thirteen candidates are on the ballot in the open-seat primary, although one, former Mayor Bill de Blasio, dropped out in late July. Of the remaining dozen, four have a real chance to emerge representing Lower Manhattan and brownstone Brooklyn—which would be one of the most liberal districts in the country.
But a plethora of progressives led by state assemblywoman Yuh-Line Neo, city council member Carlina Rivera and a current member who moved into the city from the suburbs, Rep. Mondaire Jones, risk splitting the vote from more left-leaning and former presidents Paving the way for Daniel Goldman, a moderate former federal prosecutor who served as lead counsel for Democrats in Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial.