May primaries officially wrapped up last week, and we have results for most of the candidates we were watching.
It was a big night for women in Georgia, with Stacey Abrams winning the gubernatorial nomination easily. Jen Jordan also won the primary for attorney general outright, while Bee Nguyen advanced to a runoff in the secretary of state race, though she looks likely to win, having clenched 44 percent of the vote. Unfortunately, Renitta Shannon fell short in the race for lieutenant governor.
We’re still waiting on results for some key Texas runoff races, but wins included Jasmine Crockett in deep-blue TX-30 and Rochelle Garza for TX attorney general. Michelle Beckleylost a close lieutenant governor race to businessman Mike Collier.
Other big wins include:
- Nan Whaley, OH-Gov. She is the first woman nominated to run for governor in Ohio.
- Shontel Brown, OH-11. She first won this Democratic seat in a 2021 special election.
- Emilia Sykes, OH-13. This race is a tossup, for a seat Democrats need to hold.
- Cheri Beasley, US Senate-NC. She easily won the primary and now faces a close general.
- Valerie Foushee, NC-4. This Democratic seat is a pickup for Black women.
- Tina Kotek, OR-Gov. She could become one of the first out-lesbian governors.
- Andrea Salinas, OR-6. This is a new, likely Democratic seat.
- Jamie McLeod-Skinner, OR-5: She beat incumbent Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader.
- Val Hoyle, OR-4. This is a likely Democratic seat and a pickup for women.
- Summer Lee, PA-12. She won a close race for this solidly Democratic seat.
Time is running out to support women running in primaries on June 7.
The most closely watched primary of the month, Jessica Cisneros versus incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar in TX-28, is still too close to call. And in TX-15, Michelle Vallejo is leading her male opponent by only 30 votes for this tossup seat. Both races are still waiting on mail ballots and a likely recount.
We’ll send an ASAP update once these races are officially decided.
- Attica Scott, KY-3: Louisville will once again, sadly, be represented by a white man.
- Erica Smith, NC-1: This Democratic seat could have been a pickup for Black women.
- Alisha Shelton, NE-2: This will be the first time since 2016 a woman has not been in the general election for this seat.
Stay tuned for more primary news after next Tuesday.