Don’t look right now, but primary season is already upon us.
Texas officially kicked things off this week, as voting begins ahead of the March 1 primaries. CNN’s David Wright noted on Friday that a total of more than $72 million has now been spent on campaign ads in Texas this cycle, primarily the GOP primaries for governor and attorney general as well as the state’s 28th Congressional District. The focus is on the Democratic primary. ,
After Texas, there will be silence in the primary calendar till May. Our CNN colleagues Gregory Craig and Ethan Cohen outlined the dates each state was expected to hold its primary elections. (Some dates may also change after states complete the redistribution process.)
While almost every Election Day this year will host at least one primary fight, there were five dates that were filled with particularly important races to watch.
May 17: Both parties will choose their candidates on this day in two major open-seat Senate races: Pennsylvania and North Carolina, where the GOP sens. Pat Tommy and Richard Burr are retiring. Elsewhere in Pennsylvania’s perennial battlefield, parties will also choose their candidates in the gubernatorial race, which is also open to Democratic Governor Tom Wolf being term-limited.
May 24Two particularly notable Republican primary battles take place to this day. In Alabama, Rep. Mo Brooks has struggled out of the gate, despite winning the support of former President Donald Trump, in the race to replace retired GOP Sen. Richard Shelby.
Similarly in Georgia, the primary challenge to the Trump-backed government of former Sen. David Perdue. Brian Kemp hasn’t caught on at the party as some people expected. Georgia Republicans will also vote for their candidate against Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.
June 7: The first Tuesday of June is the busiest day on the calendar, with primaries in seven states: California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. California, which has a top-two primary system, is expected to host several toss-up house races this fall.
August 2: It might be the busiest first day of the year. In Arizona, Republicans will choose a candidate to face off against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, and both parties will choose candidates for the open gubernatorial race. In Kansas, Republicans will determine which of the two weaker Democrats: Gov. Laura Kelly and Rep. Sharis will take on Davids.
In Michigan, two House Republican impeachment supporters, Peter Meijer and Fred Upton, face Trump-backed challengers. Republican Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Reps. Alyssa Slotkin and Dan Kildy to be nominated ahead of the competitive general elections. In Missouri, Republicans will be watching nervously to see if scandal-stricken former Gov. Eric Greetens pulls out of the crowded primary field.
And in Washington, another top-two primary state, two more impeachment supporters, GOP Reps. Jaime Herrera goes up against Beutler and Dan Newhouse, the Trump-backed challengers.
Aug 16Headline: Two more Trump-focused fights this Tuesday. In Alaska, which uses a top-four primary system, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, faces Kelly Shibaka, who is endorsed by the former president. . And Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, the top GOP target for Trump and his allies, coincides with primary foe Harriet Heisman.
Point: In just 11 days, Texas will provide a taste of what’s to come this primary season. But it won’t be until later this spring and summer that we begin to get a clearer picture of the playing field in the major Senate, House and governors races.
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