Three key confrontations in the Senate are at stake when voters in Alabama, Maine and Texas voted on Tuesday.
In Texas, two Democrats compete in a runoff for the nomination to face the senator. John CornynJohn Cornyn The Hill Campaign Report: Second Round Elections in Texas, Alabama Scheduled for Tuesday Night Health Care: White House Goes Public with Attacks on Fauci | Newsom Orders California to Close Indoor Activities, All Bar Operations | Federal judges block abortion ban laws in Tennessee, Georgia The Trump administration extends support for Texas COVID-19 test sites MORE (R) in November, after neither of them managed to get their party’s nomination in the March primaries. In Alabama, the former senator Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard Sessions Hill’s Campaign Report: The second round elections in Texas, Alabama, scheduled for Tuesday’s sessions, struggles for political life in the second round of Alabama. (R) is locked in the career of his political life as he seeks to regain the seat currently occupied by Senator Doug Jones (D).
And in Maine, Democrats will nominate a candidate to face the senator. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMore Republicans Should Support Crisis Aid For The Postal Service Republican Senators Express Confidence In Senate Uphill Battle Republicans Consider Outdoor Stadium For Florida Convention: MORE Report (R) this fall in one of the most watched Senate engagements of the year.
The races for the House will also take place on Tuesday with two runoffs in Texas that will be the center of attention.
Here are five races to watch on Tuesday:
Democrats seek to face Susan Collins
Maine House Speaker Sara Gideon is the big favorite to face Collins in November. But first, you will have to overcome the main challenges of two progressive rivals: lobbyist Betsy Sweet and attorney Bre Kidman.
Gideon is much better financed than any of his main rivals. In the pre-primary period of the race, which covers almost the entire second quarter of 2020, he raised more than $ 8.1 million. Sweet, by comparison, raised around $ 229,000 while Kidman made a meager $ 2,600.
If the National Democrats get their way, Gideon will flee with the nomination Tuesday, preparing her for a fall election battle against Collins, one of the most vulnerable Republican senators for reelection this year.
Democrats are particularly eager to finish Collins, arguing that she is no longer the independent voice in the Senate that she has always claimed to be. Energizing Democrats is the 2018 Collins vote to confirm Brett KavanaughBrett Michael Kavanaugh Roberts Court Moderates Conservative Expectations NIGHT-TIME ENERGY: WH lobbied to ‘fix’ the Weather Service tweet that contradicts Trump in the ‘Sharpiegate’ incident, says watchdog | Supreme Court Rules Much of Oklahoma Belongs to Native American Tribe Five Findings of Supreme Court Rulings on Trump Tax Returns MORE to the Supreme Court, which was brought up when he faced a sexual assault charge that dated back to his high school days.
Jeff Sessions fights for his political life
Sessions resigned from the Senate position he had held for 20 years in 2017 to become President TrumpDonald John TrumpWayfair refutes QAnon-like conspiracy theory that he is trafficking children Stone criticizes the US justice system in the first television interview since Trump commuted his sentence The federal appeals court rules that the Trump administrator cannot withhold the federal grants from California sanctuary cities MOREThe attorney general. But his relationship with the president soured after he withdrew from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and Sessions finally resigned at Trump’s request.
Now, the conservative firebrand is locked in a challenging primary second round as he seeks to regain his old seat. He faces off against Tommy Tuberville, a former Auburn University soccer coach who has Trump’s backing.
Polls show that Tuberville led the Sessions in the second round, and the former soccer coach also topped him in the run-up to the second round that runs from April 1 to June 24. At the same time, Trump’s endorsement of Tuberville, and the president’s attacks on the session, are likely to go a long way with Alabama Republicans; The president led the state in 2016 by nearly 28 points and his net approval rating is higher than in any other state, according to survey data from Morning Consult.
A loss for Sessions on Tuesday would be a major blow to a Republican heavyweight whom Alabama voters have already elected to the Senate four times in the past.
A bitter second round of the Democratic Senate in Texas
Former Air Force helicopter pilot MJ Hegar was the front-runner for the Democrats’ Senate campaign arm to win the party’s nomination in Texas. But a crowded primary field left her below the 50 percent threshold needed to get the nomination right away. Now, she’s locked in a second round against state Senator Royce West, who has become increasingly contentious.
The winner will face Cornyn in November. Texas Democrats are increasingly optimistic about their prospects in Lone Star State as they believe former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) was on the verge of failing in his 2018 candidacy against the senator. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward Cruz The Hill Campaign Report: Second-Round Elections in Texas, Alabama Scheduled for Tuesday American Airlines Reviewing Photos of Senator Cruz in Flight 4 Without a Mask Second Round of the Texas Congress to See MORE (R) and the changing demographics of the state presage a radical change in historically conservative Texas politics.
Polls in the race have been sparse, though a poll by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler in April showed Hegar led the West from 32 to 16 percent. She also has a considerable advantage in fundraising, with revenue of $ 1.8 million in the second quarter of the year.
Still, Cornyn can be difficult to remove in November. The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan electoral hurdle, calls the race “probable Republican” and Cornyn announced Monday that he had raised $ 3.5 million in the second quarter of the year, making it his best fundraising period to date. .
Former Republican congressman seeks comeback
Former representative Pete’s SessionsPeter Anderson Sessions4 The second round of the Texas Republican Congress to see former FBI Director William Sessions die at age 90 Texas begins a critical battle for control of the House MORE (R-Texas) was ousted from his seat in the Dallas-based House of Representatives by Democrat Colin Allred in 2018. After that, he moved 100 miles south to Texas District 17, where he is now seeking a return to Washington.
He is locked in a second primary round against businesswoman Renee Swan, who is backed by the current occupant of the seat, the retired Representative. Bill FloresWilliam (Bill) Hose Flores4 Primary Republican Congress runoff from Texas to watch lawmakers ask the Trump administration to help Gulf Texas oil and gas producers start a critical battle for control of the House MORE (R-Texas). In fact, Sessions ‘decision to run in District 17 sparked Flores’ anger, who said Sessions had separated from her constituents and was simply seeking a position for political gain.
Sessions has tried to use his Washington experience to his advantage, arguing that if elected, he will start his new term from a senior position. Swann, however, has dismissed Sessions’ experience, saying his career in the private sector would be more valuable.
But Swann was pulled from the campaign in person earlier this month after she announced that she and her husband had tested positive for COVID-19. He tweeted last week that he had not experienced any symptoms.
Trump-backed candidate faces Cruz-backed candidate
The Republican runoff in District 23 of Texas has put the power of approval of two Republican heavyweights against each other. Trump has endorsed Tony Gonzales, while Cruz supported Raúl Reyes in the race to replace the retiring representative. Will HurdWilliam Ballard Hurd4 Primary Republican Congress Runoff from Texas to See DEFENSE DURING THE NIGHT: Key Witness to impeachment withdrawn | Duckworth Pressing For Information | Subpanel advances defense measure | Democrats push for end to transgender military ban Karen Bass star rises after police reform leads MORE push (R)
National Republicans believe Gonzales has the best chance of winning the general election in November, arguing that Reyes is too conservative for a district that represents one of the best opportunities for Democrats this year. But Cruz backed Reyes despite objections from Republican House leaders, saying the district “deserves strong conservative representation.”
The duels of Trump, who won Texas in 2016 with 52 percent of the vote, and Cruz, who won reelection in 2018 with 51 percent of the vote, threatens to open a gap between Republicans in District 23, which could ease Democrats. I walk to flip the seat.
Trump recently suffered setbacks with his endorsement after his endorsed candidates lost the House primaries in North Carolina and Colorado.
Democrats nominated Gina Ortiz Jones for the job in March. Jones previously ran against Hurd in 2018, losing by half a point. Now, the district seems to be changing in its favor; The Cook Political Report calls the race a “skinny Democrat.”