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Greene seat, 2 Democratic primaries among top US home races

WASHINGTON – One of the last anti-abortion Democrats in Congress is in a primary drain in Texas to keep his seat.

In a suburb of Atlanta, Two Democratic congressmen are vying for the same seat in the House of Representatives after Georgia’s Republican-dominated legislature tinkered with their maps.

And Northwest Georgia on the far right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greenea conspiracy-peddling agent provocateur, has a tremendous fundraising advantage because she faces a handful of GOP main challengers in their Republican neighborhood.

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primaries that takes place on Tuesday Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Minnesota and Texas will provide a preview of what the next Congress might look like, with some marquee matchups testing whether voters want agents of change or a return to normalcy.

Here are a handful of races to follow:

The Last Anti-Abortion House Democrat

Texas moderate Democrat Henry Cuellar has become a permanent target for progressives. But so far, the anti-abortion congressman has prevailed in a series of close races in the largely Hispanic district, which stretches from the Rio Grande to San Antonio.

For the second year in a row, 28-year-old immigration attorney and abortion rights supporter Jessica Cisneros is seeking to end Cuellar’s nearly 20-year tenure. In the March primary, she forced Cuellar into a runoff after getting 1,000 votes.

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Heading into Tuesday’s competition, she may have a new advantage after a Recently Leaked U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Draft Opinion showed that the judges were willing to accept the historic Roe v. Wade’s 1973 law granting a constitutional right to abortion.

“We are watching the fall of Roe and the erosion of our fundamental rights,” Cisneros said earlier this month. “The last thing we want is to be stuck with a slim Democratic majority and then have someone like Henry Cuellar continuing to side with the Republicans.”

Earlier this year, the FBI raided Cuellar’s home in the border town of Laredo as part of an investigation related to the former Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan. Cuellar’s attorney says he was exonerated and not a target of the investigation. But the issue is a burden enough that Cuellar’s allies have sent out direct mail ads with a mock newspaper headline calling him “cleared.”

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Cuellar is supported by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi others in the House Democratic leadership. But he was also hit by a $1 million wave of negative publicity while little was spent attacking Cisneros.

MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE

Marjorie Taylor Greene once speculated that Jewish-controlled space lasers started wildfires in California. She also argued without foundation that two Muslim congressmen are not “truly official” because they did not take their oath of office on a Bible. And she once yelled through a letterbox in the Congressional Bureau, urging New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to “get rid of your diaper” and “speak to the American people.”

And that was all before Northwest Georgia voters decided to elect the marginal conservative and conspiracy theorist to Congress in 2020.

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Since then, Greene’s rhetoric and provocations have only continued, culminating in the Democrats taking the rare step strip them of their committee assignments. The opposition has only helped turn her into a conservative star and fundraiser, and the GOP leadership has been reluctant to challenge her.

In her first re-election campaign for an all-red district in northwest Georgia, Greene now faces a handful of challengers, including health adviser Jennifer Strahan, who portrayed herself as a “hard-nosed conservative” alternative to Greene.

If Republicans regain control of the House in November, as history suggests, Greene could claim another victory: GOP leader Kevin McCarthy, who is set to become Speaker of the House, has said not only will she get her committee assignments back; She’ll probably get a promotion.

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MINNESOTA “DUMPEST FIRE”

When Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn died of kidney cancer in Februaryhis widow, former Minnesota GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, said her husband’s desire was for her to succeed him and represent southern Minnesota in Congress.

The race didn’t turn out that way.

Already before to announce their offerCarnahan’s friendship with a GOP donor charged federally with sex trafficking of minors triggered a firestorm. Then a recording surfaced last year in which she said: “Jim will be dead in two years. So be it.” Last week she was sued by her late husband’s family when they were trying to get back money they loaned him for cancer treatment that they said she was supposed to pay them back.

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The drama, which local GOP officials likened to a “dumpster fire,” has allowed two other contestants to get ahead.

Brad Finstad, a former state congressman and USDA official, has garnered much of the support of the party establishment. Americans for Prosperity – an organization founded by billionaire industrialists the Koch Brothers – and Republican group American Dream Federal Action have together spent $1.4 million on ads supporting him.

State Assemblyman Jeremy MunsonMeanwhile, he’s running as an underdog who is “100% pro-life.” 100% Pro Gun. 100% Conservative.” Munson, who proposed legislation to allow Minnesota counties to secede and join border states, has the backing of the far-right House Freedom Caucus.

Former Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger seeks the Democratic nomination for the solid Republican district.

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MEMBER TO MEMBER PRIMARY

Following the 2020 census, the Republican-dominated Georgia Legislature redrawn the boundaries of Democratic Republican Lucy McBath’s suburban Atlanta district, turning it into a GOP stronghold. They also redrawn another swing seat in the Atlanta area, making Democratic Rep. Carolyn Bourdeux’s district solidly Democratic.

McBath, a nationally known gun safety advocate who was first elected in 2018, went shopping in the neighborhood – and decided to challenge Bourdeaux, a college professor in her first term. Now with millions of dollars being spent by outside groups supporting her, McBath has a major advantage heading into Tuesday’s primary.

McBath shared her compelling personal story. She is a black woman whose Son killed by white man during stereo volume argument in 2012. Since then She calls herself “a missionary mother” and has pledged to pass gun safety legislation through Congress, although given Republican opposition in lockstep, there is little hope of doing so.

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While the two share many of the same political goals, Bourdeaux takes offense at McBath’s district swap and subtly hints that her colleague-turned-rival is a carpet digger.

She has also slammed the spending of cryptocurrency billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, who has poured millions of dollars into US primaries this year, including $2 million spent in support of McBath. The motive, Bourdeaux argues, is to buy support from Congress at a time when the industry is first confronted with the prospect of federal regulation. McBath has ignored calls to forego financial aid.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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