August is the last big primary month—and it’s not a light one. We’ve already seen decisions in some of this year’s most-competitive races, and a new woman is on her way to Congress.
Most importantly, the field is now set in Kansas’s critical US Senate election. On Tuesday, Dr. Barbara Bollier easily won her primary, and she’s polling neck-and-neck with her Republican opponent, US Rep. Roger Marshall.
Four red-to-blue House primaries were decided Tuesday too. Hillary Scholten will compete to flip an open seat, MI-3, which includes the blue city and left-trending suburbs of Grand Rapids. Jill Schupp will compete in MO-2, which includes St. Louis suburbs that are also rapidly moving toward Democrats. Another physician, Dr. Hiral Tipirneni, will compete for AZ-6, and Carolyn Long will compete for WA-3.
There’s also about to be one *new* woman in Congress: Cori Bush, who defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay in MO-1, a very blue district. This is the latest in a spate of primary upsets from a younger, more diverse generation of Democrats.
Be sure to keep checking our August 2020 Primaries slate for more updates throughout the month.