Other races to watch following Super Tuesday

by ian

Beyond the presidential primary votes, Super Tuesday was also host to many other elections.

California is looking to fill a federal Senate seat following the passing of Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The state allows candidates from both major parties to run in the same primary and only allows the top two into the general election.

The race was hotly contested among three Democrats, all current members of the U.S. House of Representatives. These included Adam Schiff, Katie Porter, and Barbara Lee. Only one Republican was considerably in the running – that being former Los Angeles Dodgers player Steve Garvey.

The night ended with Schiff and Garvey on top, teeing up a traditional Democrat vs. Republican showdown for the Senate seat come September. This likely bodes well for Schiff, who contributed some campaign cash to help Garvey’s chance of winning. The largely Democrat-leaning state hasn’t elected a Republican senator for Congress since 2006.

In Texas, Democrats are hoping to flip a U.S. Senate seat. Specifically, they are aiming for Sen. Ted Cruz’s seat as he faces an election this year in search of a third term. Cruz will be going up against Democrat Rep. Colin Allred, who cruised to victory over his many other challengers on Tuesday.

Alabama was the scene of a rather tense incumbent-only nomination for the U.S. House. A redistricting in the state combined districts that were under two different Republican politicians, Barry Moore and Jerry Car.

Moore ended up winning the primary in the newly-drawn 1st Congressional District. He will face Democrat Tom Holmes this November.

Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District seat is now left wide open for either a Republican or Democrat to fill.

Finally, North Carolina is gearing up for a gubernatorial election. The current Democrat governor, Roy Cooper, is term-limited this year meaning it is an open and viable seat for both parties. Republicans nominated current Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson, while Democrats opted for current Attorney General Josh Stein.

This race is described by NBC News as the expected “premier gubernatorial contest” for 2024 – since North Carolina is often a battleground state for Presidential elections.