Live coverage: The last primaries of the year: Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island

Live coverage: The last primaries of the year: Delaware, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island

Three states are holding the final primaries of the 2022 election cycle. The first polls close in parts of New Hampshire at 7 PM ET. We’ll begin our liveblog at 8 PM ET when polls close in the remainder of the state, as well as in all of Delaware and Rhode Island.

Key races: PreviewsResults: DE | NH | RI


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 12:07:20 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

A good Tuesday evening to all, and welcome to the final primary night of the 2022 campaign cycle. All attention is on the east coast tonight, as we see primaries in three states: New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Delaware. Most of the action is in the Granite State, with competitive Republican primaries for both the U.S. House and the Senate. Meanwhile, Rhode Island boasts competitive Democratic primaries for both governor and the newly open RI-02 House seat vacated by retiring veteran Rep. Jim Langevin. Delaware has one race of interest: a compelling downballot Democratic primary where the state auditor (a Democrat) is under potential removal from the Governor after a conviction this summer on official misconduct charges (stemming from a nepotism hire made by her office). So…quite a bit to keep an eye on as we finish off the 2022 primary calendar.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 12:22:32 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

RI-Gov: We’re using AP data, but you might also want to check the Rhode Island Board of Elections results page, which is a bit further along in the count.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 12:25:25 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

RI-Gov: Well, the AP finally caught up with the state board with a big jump, and we’re looking at a close race in the Democratic gubernatorial primary in Rhode Island. Incumbent Dan McKee (who was promoted to the position after Gina Raimondo’s resignation to become Sec. of Commerce) is actually trailing former CVS executive Helena Foulkes, 34-31, with state Sec. of State Nellie Gorbea close behind with 24. That’s with 14% of the expected vote reporting.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 12:28:37 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

RI-02: The other noteworthy race in the Ocean State is in the Democratic primary in the 2nd district, where long-time incumbent Jim Langevin is retiring. This one isn’t terribly close: state Treasurer Seth Magaziner leads former state Rep. David Segal and former Dept. of Commerce official Sarah Morgenthau by a 58-14-13 spread, with 14% reporting. Magaziner, assuming things don’t change dramatically, will face off against Republican Cranston mayor Allan Fung, who had no primary opposition; while this is a light-blue district, Fung is well-known enough that this will be a competitive race in the fall.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 12:31:47 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

RI-02: And unsurprisingly the AP has already called the Democratic 2nd district primary for Seth Magaziner, currently at 55% of the vote with 33% reporting.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 12:38:01 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

RI-Gov: We’re up to 42% of the vote counted in Rhode Island’s gubernatorial race, and things are even closer now, as Helena Foulkes has lost a bit of ground to third-place contestant Nellie Gorbea. Currently, we’re looking at 32% for Foulkes, 31% for Dan McKee, and 25% for Gorbea (with former Sec. of State Matt Brown in fourth place at 8), with only about 1,100 raw votes separating Foulkes and McKee.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 12:53:54 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

DE-Auditor: Here’s what happens when you’re convicted of nepotism-related crimes while in office and try to run for reelection; the incumbent Democratic auditor in Delaware, Kathleen McGuiness, is getting flattened in her primary by opponent Lydia York, 68-32, with 15% of the vote reporting. 


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 12:59:14 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

NH-Sen: We’ve got one other super-close primary race to report on, this time in the Republican primary in the New Hampshire Senate race, where the winner will face off against Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan in November. With 10% of the vote reporting, state Sen. and the establishment-preferred pick Chuck Morse leads former brigadier general and MAGA nut Donald Bolduc, by only a 35.7-35.5 margin (or literally 13 votes, if you want raw numbers).


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 1:01:08 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

RI-Gov: In the other race that’s potentially going down to the wire, Democratic incumbent Governor Dan McKee has squeaked into the lead in the Rhode Island gubernatorial race. He now leads Helena Foulkes 31.8-31.7, or by a 134 vote difference in the raw numbers. Nellie Gorbea is in third place at 25%.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 1:19:06 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NH-Sen (R): We have a lead change in the Granite State. Donald Bolduc now holds a 37-35 lead over Chuck Morse. That’s a raw vote lead of around 300 votes.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 1:20:42 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

DE-Auditor (D): The AP has called this race for challenger Lydia York, who defeated scandal-tarred incumbent Kathleen McGuinness by roughly a 2-to-1 margin.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 1:25:27 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NH-01 (R): We have finally hit the threshold here, and the news for the establishment GOP is…not great. Trump staffer Karoline Leavitt, a twenty-something election denier who the GOP tried to head off at the last second, holds a 33-26 lead over 2020 nominee Matt Mowers, who was seen as the far more electable of the two leading Republicans (having held incumbent Democrat Chris Pappas to a 51-46 margin in 2020).


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 1:30:50 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NH-02 (R): We’ve finally hit the threshold here*, and Keene Mayor George Hansel has a 36-29 lead over former Hillsborough County treasurer Robert Burns.

(*–yes, we noticed it, too. Not sure how the two House races could be at 11 and 12 percent reporting while statewide is allegedly at 19 percent reporting. Then again, I was promised there wouldn’t be math on this exam.)


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 1:35:48 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

RI-Gov (D): Gov. Dan McKee is starting to see a little bit of crucial daylight in this primary that he trailed for much of the early part of the evening. He now has 33 percent of the vote, ahead of Helena Foulkes who has 30 percent of the vote (Nellie Gorbea is a fairly close third at 26 percent). The raw vote margin is now a considerably more comfortable 2800 votes.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 2:04:59 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NH-01/NH-02 (R): As more vote gets counted, the more MAGA-oriented candidates are seemingly stronger. In NH-01, Karoline Leavitt has extended her lead over 2020 nominee Matt Mowers (Leavitt now leads by nine: 35-26). Meanwhile, in NH-02, Robert Burns is getting closer to Keene Mayor George Hansel. Hansel’s six point edge from earlier in the night has been halved (34-31).


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 2:14:55 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NH-Sen (R): After leading fairly consistently, albeit modestly, over the past hour, MAGA-fuelded Senate candidate Donald Bolduc has seen his lead over state Senator Chuck Morse erode noticeably. The lead is now just 35.8-35.3, a raw vote edge of just over 200 votes.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 2:28:30 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NH-02 (R): This one keeps tightening, and the MAGA-flavored candidate keeps creeping closer to the lead. With about a quarter of the expected votes tallied, Robert Burns is now within just 449 votes of Keene Mayor George Hansel (in percentage terms, Hansel leads 34-32).


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 2:37:34 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

RI-Gov (D): It’s not an AP call, but given how plugged in local media is in the Ocean State, it seems significant: WPRI in Rhode Island is calling this race for Gov. Dan McKee. With 80% of votes tallied, McKee still holds a 33-30 lead over Helena Foulkes.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 3:02:33 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

RI-Gov (D): The AP has now also called this race for Gov. Dan McKee, but it looks like it might be a few days before we get the unity breakfast: 

“I did just call the governor – he would not accept my call,” Foulkes says as she’s giving her concession speech McKee team says it’s on her – should have known better than to call when he’d already started walking to the stage https://t.co/D5qdN792eg

— Ted Nesi (@TedNesi) September 14, 2022


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 3:05:48 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NH-Sen (R): To the chagrin of Gov. Chris Sununu and establishment Republicans everywhere, the boomlet for state Senator Chuck Morse was very shortlived. MAGA-fueled candidate Don Bolduc has moved back out to a 37-34 lead over Morse, a raw vote edge over 2100 votes. It is Bolduc’s biggest lead of the night.


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 3:11:34 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

RI-Gov (D): So here is some necessary context to the drama outlined above. About an hour before this, the Foulkes campaign has sent out a release claiming that they would not concede, arguing that “This election is still too close to call, and we owe it to voters to ensure that every single ballot is counted.” Given that, it becomes a lot easier to understand why McKee would think that there was no phone call coming tonight. 


Wednesday, Sep 14, 2022 · 3:15:30 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

NH-02 (R): The race of the night might be this establishment v. MAGA battle to take on Democratic Rep. Anne Kuster. After leading modestly earlier in the night, Keene Mayor (and comparative moderate) George Hansel has seen his lead over Robert Burns dwindle down to under 200 votes. There are also scattered reports that Burns has moved ahead.

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