Live coverage: May 24 primaries in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia, plus Texas runoffs

Live coverage: May 24 primaries in Alabama, Arkansas, and Georgia, plus Texas runoffs

Three Southern states are holding primaries Tuesday, while Texas is hosting runoffs for races where no candidate earned a majority of the vote in the March 1 primary. Minnesota is also conducting primaries for an Aug. 9 special election to fill the vacant 1st Congressional District.

We’ll be liveblogging the results here and also covering the returns closely on Twitter.

Key races: Previews | Cheat-sheet ●●● Results: AL | AR | GA | TX | MN-01


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 · 3:14:21 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

We’re in the home stretch on tonight’s primary election results, but let’s have another recap:

• The Democratic runoff in Texas’s 28th district remains extremely close after seeing multiple lead changes tonight. Currently, conservative incumbent Henry Cuellar leads progressive challenger 52-48, though there remains some confusion on what exactly Crucial Starr County has reported.

• The big November matchups in Georgia are set: Stacey Abrams will face off against Republican incumbent Brian Kemp in the gubernatorial race, and Herschel Walker will go against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock in the Senate race.

• In the member-on-member race in the Democratic primary in Georgia’s 7th district, Lucy McBath has prevailed over Carolyn Bourdeaux.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 · 3:17:52 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-30 (D): The AP has called the Democratic runoff in Texas’s dark-blue 30th congressional district in Dallas, where state Rep. Jasmine Crockett will be the successor to long-timer Eddie Bernice Johnson. Crockett — who seems like she’ll be pretty progressive despite a lot of campaign contributions from the crypto bro sector — leads Jane Hamilton 60-40.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 · 3:26:30 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

MN-01 (special, D & R): The neglected stepchild of tonight’s election is Minnesota’s 1st district, where they’re choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees for the August 9 special election necessitated by the death of Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn. This is a light-red district in the state’s rural south, though it was held by Democratic now-Governor Tim Walz until 2018.

The likely Democratic nominee is Spam baron Jeff Ettinger (I’m not making that up; he’s the former CEO of Hormel, one of the CD’s largest employers). Ettinger leads with 57% of the vote; Bush administration lawyer-turned-Dem Richard Painter is back in third place at 10%. On the Republican side, state Rep. Jeremy Munson leads former Agriculture Dept. official Brad Finstad, 42-35, though keep in mind that Minnesota doesn’t use runoffs so tonight is for keeps even if one of them finishes below 50. Deep in third place at 8%, former Republican state party chair, and widow of Hagedorn, Jennifer Carnahan is getting smoked.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 · 3:28:26 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

MN-01 (D): In fact, the Democratic side of the primary just got called by the AP for Jeff Ettinger, whose campaign will hopefully bring a whole new meaning to sending out Spam to people’s inboxes.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 · 3:48:04 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

AL-Sen (R): The AP has made it official: we’re headed into overtime in the Alabama Senate race. Katie Britt (the establishment GOPer) and Rep. Mo Brooks (who was Trump’s endorsee in this race until the endorsement got pulled, but advanced anyway without it) will move on to a runoff, to be held June 21. Britt is currently at 45 and Brooks at 29, with Mike Durant in third at 23.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 · 3:54:12 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-28 (D): Things are just remarkably close in Texas’s 28th district as the remaining election day votes dribble in (and apparently everyone has gotten on the same page with Starr County votes); currently Democratic incumbent Henry Cuellar leads Jessica Cisneros 50.2-49.8 (with a vote tally of 22,693 to 22,508). Apparently we’re still waiting on precincts in Bexar County (where San Antonio is, so that’s Cisneros turf), so Cisneros could pull even closer or even take a tiny lead. Either way, this has a strong whiff of recount about it, so I doubt we’ll walk away from tonight with a clear winner.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 · 3:59:01 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-15 (D): Lest we forget, nearly the exact same thing as the 28th is happening in the much lower profile 15th next door, except mirror image and even closer: the more progressive Michelle Vallejo is leading Ruben Ramirez in the Democratic runoff in this very swingy open seat, 6,043 to 6,021.

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