Primary elections: what to watch in Georgia, Alabama and Texas

Four states will hold primary elections on Tuesday: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Texas. Democrats and Republicans are seeking the nominations of their parties that will face each other in early November of this year.

Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia will pick candidates from each party seeking a seat in the US Congress. They also look for nominees for local positions such as governor and the renewal of their legislatures. Texas will have the second round.

Eyes in Georgia

  • Former American football player Herschel Walker is seeking the Republican nomination for United States Senator. He has no political experience, but won the endorsement of former President Donald Trump. By law, if he doesn’t get 50% or more of the vote, he will go to a second round. The Republican winner will face the current senator, Democrat Raphael Warnock, in November.
  • Another race to watch in Georgia is the gubernatorial race. Incumbent Governor Brian Kemp won the support of former Vice President Mike Pence and drew Trump’s push after refusing to help efforts to overturn the 2020 election results. His challenger, David Perdue, is backed by Trump and polls show he is behind of the governor. On the Democratic side, Stacey Abrams is the only one seeking her party’s nomination. November is expected to be a close contest.
  • Trump also presented a challenger in the race for Secretary of State, a prized position as he is most responsible for the elections. Trump-endorsed U.S. Rep. Jody Hice is Trump’s choice to defeat incumbent Brad Raffensperger, who was asked by Trump in 2020 to “find the votes” he was missing.

Defining moments in Texas

  • Texas racing drew attention in March with 38 districts, making it the second-largest delegation in the country. (The largest is California with 52.)
  • One of the most watched races will be District 28. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar is being challenged by Jessica Cisneros. Neither of them got more than 50% of the votes, so they will meet again tomorrow. One of the issues that has crept into this race is abortion, since Cuellar is the only Democrat in the House who opposes abortion rights.
  • In state offices there will also be action. Current Attorney General Ken Paxton, endorsed by former President Trump and who faces a fbi investigation for using his power to benefit a political donor, he is seeking his third term. His candidacy in the Republican party is being challenged by former President Bush’s grandson, George P. Bush, the current Texas Land Commissioner. On the Democratic side there will also be a second round to choose the nominee for this position.

A candidate without Trump in Alabama. Representative Mo Brooks aspires to reach the United States Senate. He got Trump’s endorsement, but then in March of this year Trump withdrew it and both made headlines as Brooks recounted that he was pressured by the former president to make efforts to nullify the election.

With information from Reuters

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Primary elections: what to watch in Georgia, Alabama and Texas

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