Primaries held in Winsconsin, Minnesota, Vermont and Connecticut shed some clues on how the November midterm elections may go. Here are some takeaways from the polls.
The Comeback Kid? Maybe Next Time.
Former Minnesota Republican Governor Tim Pawlenty tried to win back his old job but lost out on the nomination to Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson.
This means it will be Johnson who faces off against Democratic Rep. Tim Walz in the November election. Walz beat out state Rep. Erin Murphy and Attorney General Lori Swanson for the Democratic nom.
Pawlenty left a $2.7 million per year job to pursue the governor’s office. We’re pretty sure he’ll be just fine.
Diversity Wins Big
Vermont Democrats nominated Christine Hallquist to take on incumbent Republican Governor Phil Scott. Hallquist is the first openly transgender person to receive a nomination by a major party to run for governor.
In another win for LGBTQ Americans, Democrats Lupe Valdez from Texas and Jared Polis in Colorado are candidates to become the first openly gay governors should they win in November. Victory Institute has reported that more than 400 LGBTQ candidates are running this cycle.
In Minnesota, Democrats nominated state Representative Ilhan Omar, who could join Michigan’s Rashida Tlaib as the first Muslim women in Congress.
And in Connecticut, Jahana Hayes won a House primary and may become the first black Democrat member of the state’s congressional delegation.
Keith Ellison Wins the Nom, but Allegations Hound Him
Democratic Representative Keith Ellison won the Democratic nomination for Minnesota attorney general, but accusations of domestic abuse hang over his head. Ellison has denied the accusations that he physically abused an ex-girlfriend.
“These allegations recently came to light and we are reviewing them,” said a DNC spokeswoman. “All allegations of domestic abuse are disturbing and should be taken seriously.”
How this will affect Ellison’s bid for attorney general remains to be seen.