Live coverage: Aug. 23 primaries, runoffs, and specials in Florida, New York, and Oklahoma

Live coverage: Aug. 23 primaries, runoffs, and specials in Florida, New York, and Oklahoma

Three states are holding primaries tonight. Oklahoma voters already went to the polls on June 28, but the state is now hosting runoffs in primaries where no one took a majority of the vote. New York also held primaries that day for statewide races, the state Assembly, and local office, but because the courts redrew the maps for the U.S. House and state Senate, those nomination contests are only taking place now. The Empire State also will carry out special elections in the 19th and 23rd Congressional Districts.

Key races: Previews | Cheat-sheetResults: FL | NY | OK


Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022 · 2:10:35 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

We’re kicking off hour #4 of this primary night. The action that remains is in New York, as Oklahoma and Florida have already largely finished their counting in their higher-profile contests. That’s not to say that New York hasn’t provided some headlines tonight, so let’s kick off the recap in the Empire State:

  • SPECIAL ELECTIONS: Good news: Democrats have solid leads in both special U.S. House elections tonight (Democratic-held NY-19, and GOP-held NY-23). The bad news: that is almost certainly owed to the counting of the early/VBM vote, which as we know has leaned strongly Democratic in the past two cycles. One county in NY-19 has completely reported, and it ran similarly to the 2020 presidential election, which given the presidential breakdown here (Biden 50-48) portends a very close race.
  • NY-12 (D): The upset here wasn’t the victory for longtime Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler in this incumbent on incumbent contest. The surprise is that his victory over veteran Rep. Carolyn Maloney was called as quickly as it was. Nadler scored a roughly 2-to-1 win over Maloney and young attorney Suraj Patel.
  • FL-Gov (D): Rep. Charlie Crist scored, as most predicted, an easy 60-35 win over state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the primary to take on incumbent GOP Gov. Ron DeSantis.
  • FL-11 (R): In the near-upset of the night, veteran incumbent GOP Rep. Dan Webster survived the mother of all scares against far-right activist Laura Loomer. Webster hung on by just a 51-44 margin over Loomer, who naturally is screaming fraud and refusing to concede.
  • OK-Sen (R): In the runoff to replace Jim Inhofe (who announced his resignation earlier in the year), Rep. Markwayne Mullin claimed the win over former state House speaker T.W. Shannon (65-35).

Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022 · 2:13:36 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NY-22: We’ve hit the threshold in this open seat that has both a retiring Republican Congressman (John Katko) and a pronounced bluish tint (Biden 53-45). On the Democratic side, two veterans lead the field in a close battle. Francis Conole (who ran unsuccessfully in 2020) leads Sarah Hood by a 41-38 margin. On the Republican side, Navy veteran Brandon Williams is currently en route to a mild upset over wealthy self-funder Steve Wells (57-43), with about 15,000 votes tallied.


Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022 · 2:19:38 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NY-16 (D): The AP calls this race for Rep. Jamaal Bowman. Bowman, unlike colleague Mondaire Jones, only saw his district’s center of gravity move marginally to the north, allowing him to rather comfortably win this primary with (at present) 57% of the vote.


Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022 · 2:27:53 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NY-22 (R): In a modest blow to Republicans, the AP has called this primary for Brandon Williams, who has defeated free-spending businessman Steve Wells. CLF ran advertising on Wells’ behalf, hoping that the self-funder would be the party nominee. That won’t happen. Meanwhile, Democrats are still sorting out their nominee, with Francis Conole still leading Sarah Hood by a narrow margin (41-38).


Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022 · 2:43:25 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NY-01 (R): We have a call in the race to replace GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin (who is running for Governor). Nick LaLata, who had the backing of both the Suffolk County GOP and the Conservative Party, has won the three-candidate primary with just shy of a majority of the vote (he currently leads crypto trader Michelle Bond 47-28).


Wednesday, Aug 24, 2022 · 2:49:51 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NY-19 (D): Attorney Josh Riley has won the Democratic primary here, defeating Jamie Cheney by roughly a 2-to-1 margin. Riley will now face Republican Marc Molinaro, who will be running here regardless of the special election result tonight (Democrat Pat Ryan is running in the neighboring 18th district).

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