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Tuesday’s primary election results are in, and it’s a mixed bag for Democrats and women. 

Reminder: The next big primary date is June 28—or Super Tuesday 2022, as we’re calling it. 

Today’s slate features women in California who made it into the “top two” and women running in Illinois primaries who need donations now during this final leg of the race.

Now, about yesterday: 


The Golden State has an open primary, where the top two candidates advance to November’s general election. 

  • Rep. Karen Bass will advance to the general election for LA mayor as a slight underdog against former Republican Rick Caruso, after winning 37 percent to his 42 percent.
  • Secretary of State Shirley Weber is leading all challengers with 59 percent of the vote, and is on track to win a full term.
  • Malia Cohen, who is endorsed by our partner Elect Black Women PAC, looks likely to advance to the general election for state controller against Republican Lanhee Chen.
  • Emily Beach is trailing three candidates (all men) in CA-15, meaning she’s not likely to make it into the general election.
  • Christy Smith advanced easily in CA-27with 35 percent, though Mike Garcia won just under 50 percent, meaning we’re likely to see a squeaker in November.
  • Shrina Kurani is in a distant third place in CA-41 with 14 percent of the vote; the general election is very likely out of reach.
  • Christina Garcia seems unlikely to advance in CA-42 with 13 percent of the vote in third place. Nicole Lopez is a distant fifth.


  • Abby Finkenauer lost Iowa’s US Senate primary to Navy veteran Mike Franken. Some analysts blame her status as a former Congresswoman at a time when the political winds are blowing against Congressional Democrats.
  • Diedre DeJear won an uncontested race in a long-shot bid to unseat incumbent Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.
  • Christina Bohannan also won uncontested and will face Republican incumbent Mariannette Miller-Meeks in this likely-R district.
  • Liz Mathis won another uncontested race to face incumbent Republican Ashley Hinson in this other likely-R district.

New Jersey

  • Imani Oakley, a progressive insurgent endorsed by our partner Elect Black Women PAC, lost in NJ-10 to incumbent Democratic Rep. Donald Payne Jr.

New Mexico

  • Incumbent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grishamwas uncontested in her primary, and will face Mark Ronchetti, who ran (and lost) New Mexico’s US Senate race in 2020.

There’s less than three weeks to prepare for the final round of June primaries. Give $5 now to each remaining candidate on our June primaries slate.

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