Illinois, Colorado and New York primary election results

The final round of the primary on Tuesday before mid-election season is on a brief summer break and could be the final stand for a handful of high-profile incumbents who face challenges for their seats or clash with each other to keep their place on Capitol Hill.

There are also far-reaching ramifications for statewide election campaigns — no more so than in Colorado, where a 2020 vote-buckler is running in the Republican primary to become the state’s top election official.

Republicans could elect an election denier to Colorado’s top electoral post

Colorado Republicans are faced with a decision on whether to appoint Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, an election denier who has been prosecuted for her efforts to justify falsehoods about voting machines, as secretary of state, a position they will officially mark Colorado’s top election would do.

Peter’s main antagonist is Pam Anderson, a former county clerk and former head of the state employees’ association who defends Colorado’s all-mail voting system and has offered herself as the competent manager of that system.

Peters and her top deputy were charged in March after local authorities investigated a security breach that led to the leaking of confidential logins to voting machines and forensic images of their hard drives to a QAnon-affiliated Telegram channel in early August 2021, following a lawsuit Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold, a district judge stripped Peters of her duties to oversee this year’s Mesa County election. She has pleaded not guilty.

The winner of Tuesday’s election will face Griswold in the fall.

A Peters win would make her the latest in a line of election deniers being nominated by Republicans for roles that would position them to take over their states’ election machinery in time for the 2024 presidential race if they win this fall.

Republicans will also select their nominee to take on Democratic Gov. Jared Polis. The GOP nominees are Heidi Ganahl, member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents and founder of the dog grooming franchise Camp Bow Wow, and Greg Lopez, former mayor of Parker, a city southeast of Denver. Republicans last held the office of Governor of Colorado in 2007.

The incumbents of the House of Representatives compete in two primary elections in Illinois

Last year’s Illinois new election process resulted in two incumbent-vs-incumbent primaries in Tuesday’s primary.

In the western suburbs of Chicago, two Democrats, Sean Casten and Marie Newman, are fighting for the newly drawn 6th Circuit seat. It’s an awkward fit for both incumbents. Newman lives outside the new neighborhood while Casten lives in it. But more of Newman’s constituents from the district she currently represents are in the new 6th district, while most of Casten’s current constituents have been relocated to another district.

Meanwhile, Miller, a freshman who shared the stage with former President Donald Trump at a rally over the weekend, meets the more moderate Rodney Davis at a Republican clash in Southern Illinois’ 15th District. Miller has a history of incendiary comments. At the rally, she thanked Trump for “victory for white life” after Supreme Court Roe v. Wade had fallen. Her campaign quickly backtracked, saying she wanted to call it a “victory for the right to life.”

Another Chicago-area home race to watch is taking place in the 7th Precinct, where longtime Congressman Danny Davis, 80, challenged from the left with 31-year-old activist Collins, who is backed by progressive group Justice Democrats becomes.

And in South Chicago’s 8th Ward, Jonathan Jackson, son of civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, is among a line of candidates vying to replace retired Rep. Bobby Rush, who is the only politician of all time to die defeating former President Barack Obama and fending off the then-Senator’s main challenge in 2000.

Trump enters GOP race for Illinois governor

The Republican peloton vying for Democratic Gov. JB Pritzker in November includes Richard Irvin, Aurora’s first black mayor, who is backed by billionaire Ken Griffin, and Darren Bailey, a conservative state senator who was and is Trump-backed backed by another billionaire Republican donor, Dick Uihlein.

Bailey has called Chicago a “criminal, corrupt, dysfunctional hellhole” in a debate, even though he aspires to become governor of the state for which Chicago is the economic center. In the 2019 state legislature, he sponsored a resolution that would separate Chicago from the rest of Illinois; as a candidate for governor, he has retired from that position.

Trump fought with Bailey over the weekend, using a rally with Bailey and Miller to appeal to the Supreme Court for the overthrow of Roe v. To commend Wade and to criticize the House committee investigating the January 6 riot. “Darren is just the right man to take on and defeat one of America’s worst governors,” the former president said at the rally.

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