By Jim Ellis — Aug. 24, 2022
Primary ResultsFlorida: Crist Wins Gov Primary; Few Surprises — A busy night occurred around the country and particularly in the Sunshine State, as the political parties chose nominees in key statewide races and for Florida’s 28 newly drawn congressional districts. Thus, the last major primary date is now in the books.
The Florida statewide races were not in particular doubt. While Gov. Ron DeSantis and Sen. Marco Rubio were unopposed in their respective Republican primaries, congressman and former governor, Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg), easily defeated Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, 60-35 percent, to claim the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. US Rep. Val Demings (D-Orlando), as expected, was an easy 84 percent winner in the Democratic US Senate primary.
The competitive House primary winners were:
- Rep. Matt Gaetz (R; 70-24 percent victory margin)
- Senate President Pro Tempore Aaron Bean (R; 68-26 percent; created open seat)
- Cory Mills (R; 34-21 percent; open Stephanie Murphy seat)
- Maxwell Alejandro Frost (D; 35-25 percent; open Val Demings seat)
- Rep. Dan Webster (R; 51-44 percent), Anna Paulina Luna (R; 44-34 percent; open Charlie Crist seat)
- Laurel Lee (R; 41-28 percent; new seat from reapportionment), Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D; 66-29 percent)
- Jared Moskowitz (D; 61-21 percent; open Ted Deutch seat)
- state Sen. Annette Taddeo (D; 68-26 percent; versus Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar)
- ex-state Rep. Robert Asencio (D; 69-31 percent; versus Rep. Carlos Gimenez)
New York: Parties Hold Specials; Reps. Maloney & Jones Lose — The very active New York congressional primary begins with a special general election win for the Democrats. In a race many believed the Republican nominee, Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro would covert, Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan successfully held the 19th CD in the Democratic column with a close 52-48 percent win. Ryan will now serve the unexpired portion of former Rep. Antonio Delgado’s term. Delgado resigned the seat to accept his appointment as lieutenant governor.
Curiously, Ryan will seek his re-election in the 18th District as he ran for both seats simultaneously. There, he will face state Assemblyman Colin Schmitt (R-New Windsor) who was unopposed in the open seat Republican primary. Former congressional aide John Riley won the 19th Democratic primary and now advances into the regular general election against Molinaro.
Another incumbent pairing was also decided last night. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-Manhattan) easily defeated Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), 55-24 percent, thus ending the congresswoman’s 30-year congressional career. Nadler had led in all polling, hence the final result is not surprising, though the size of his victory is greater than expected.
Rep. Tom Reed (R-Corning) resigned his seat to accept a position in the private sector earlier this year. The Republican caretaker candidate, Steuben County Republican Party chairman Joe Sempolinski, won the special election to serve the balance of the term. He scored a 53-47 percent win over Democrat Max Della Pia. The latter man, however, won the regular election Democratic primary and he moves into the general election.
The competitive House primary winners were:
- Nick LaLota (R; 47-28 percent; open Lee Zeldin seat)
- Robert Zimmerman (D; 36-26 percent; open Tom Suozzi seat; versus George Santos)
- Lauren Gillen (D; 63-24 percent; open Kathleen Rice seat)
- Dan Goldman (D; 26-24 percent; created open seat)
- Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R; 78-21 percent; in general versus ex-Rep. Max Rose)
- Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D; 57-23 percent)
- Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D; 67-33 percent; in general versus state Assemblyman Michael Lawler)
- Brandon Williams (R; 58-42 percent; in general versus Francis Conole; open John Katko seat)
- Nick Langworthy (R; 52-48 percent; regular election successor to Rep. Tom Reed)
- Rep. Claudia Tenney (R; 54-40 percent)
Oklahoma: Rep. Markwayne Mullin Wins Senate GOP Runoff; OK-2 Surprise — As expected, US Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Westville) scored a landslide special election Republican runoff victory, 65-35 percent, over former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. Mullin advances into the special general election where he will be favored to defeat former US Rep. Kendra Horn (D). The winner will replace resigning Sen. Jim Inhofe (R) in January and serve the remaining four years of the current term.
With Rep. Mullin’s 2nd Congressional District being open, the primary’s second-place finisher, former state Sen. Josh Brecheen, won the Republican runoff with a 52-48 percent win over favored state Rep. Avery Frix (R-Muskogee). In Oklahoma’s safest Republican seat, rated R+55, Brecheen is now a prohibitive favorite to defeat Democratic nominee Naomi Andrews in the general election.