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What to Watch in the Alabama Senate Runoff, DC Mayor’s Race

Montgomery, Ala. – The two Republican candidates in Tuesday’s US Senate runoff in Alabama can each boast that at one point they had Donald Trump’s support in the running.

Trump card initially supported US Congressman Mo Brooks in spring 2021. This confirmation took almost a year to Trump rescinded it as the conservative arsonist languished in the polls. The former president took the time to issue a second endorsement, Supporting Katie Britt in the race only after she emerged as the top voter in the state primary on May 24.

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In other races on Tuesday, Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser faces voters amid growing concerns about crime. The Georgia runoff will resolve tight contests in multiple congressional elections and a Secretary of State nomination, while the Virginia primary for the fall will host competitive congressional contests. Arkansas holds primary runoffs for several legislative races.

What to watch in Tuesday’s primaries:

ALABAMA

The Senate runoff will decide the GOP nominee for the seat, which will be vacated by 88-year-old Republican Senator Richard Shelby announced his resignation in February 2021 after six terms.

Two months later, Trump announced his endorsement of Brooks, rewarding the six-year congressman who objected to confirming the 2020 presidential election spoke at the Stop the Steal rally that preceded the January 6 riot in the US Capitol.

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But Trump angered Brooks as the primary wore on, growing unhappy with his performance in the race and some of his comments urging the party to move away from the former president’s fixation on his 2020 election defeat. He withdrew his confirmation last March.

Britt, a former Shelby chief of staff and former head of a state-owned business group, won the most votes in last month’s primary, receiving nearly 45% of the ballots, compared to Brooks’ 29%. Britt needed to win more than 50% of the vote to win outright and avoid a runoff.

Another frontrunner, Mike Durant, best known as the helicopter pilot who was held captive during the 1993 battle in Somalia chronicled in the book and film Black Hawk Down, finished in third place and did not make the runoff .

Brooks was joined by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, both of whom have fought with him. Britt comes into Tuesday’s runoff with a fundraising benefit and a shiny new endorsement from Trump that came a few weeks after the primary.

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The former President, who a mixed track record in supporting winning candidates in this year’s midterm election, waited to confirm to avoid the embarrassment of supporting a losing candidate in a high-profile race.

The GOP race winner meets Democrat Will Boyd in November, though Democrats have had limited success in the deep red state over the past 20 years.

GEORGIA

A Democratic campaign for the post of foreign minister Headlines will be Tuesday’s runoff in Georgia as Republicans will decide three congressional nominations.

State Rep. Bee Nguyen, backed by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, is attempting to defeat former State Rep. Dee Dawkins-Haigler in the race for Secretary of State. The winner will meet Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger in the fall.

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Raffensperger defeat a challenge in his May 24 primary by US Rep. Jody Hice, who was supported by Trump. Trump made Raffensperger a top target for rebuffing his efforts “find” enough votes. to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in the state’s 2020 presidential election.

In the congressional elections Vernon Jones, a Trump-backed candidate and former Democrat, is competing against trucking company owner Mike Collins for the Republican nomination for the 10th congressional district seat east of Atlanta. Collins was backed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who also won his primary about a Trump-backed challenger.

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In the 6th Ward in Atlanta’s northern suburbs, paramedic Rich McCormick tries to stop Trump-backed attorney Jake Evans. This race has revolved around allegations by each candidate that the other is not conservative enough.

The Republican winners on the 6th and 10th are clear favorites over their Democratic opponents in November’s elections.

Republicans have too high hopes of unseating 30-year-old Democratic Rep. Sanford Bishop in the 2nd Ward in Southwest Georgia. The GOP chooses between former Army officer Jeremy Hunt and real estate developer Chris West.

VIRGINIA

In Virginia, voters will select Republican candidates to run against Democratic incumbents in the US House of Representatives in two of the most contested districts in the country.

In the 2nd Coast District, which includes the state’s most populous city, Virginia Beach, four military veterans are competing for the GOP nomination. With a major fundraising lead and support from the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC dedicated to electing Republicans to the House of Representatives, state senator Jen Kiggans is widely regarded as the frontrunner. The winner faces Democrat Elaine Luria, a retired Navy commander and member of the January 6th committee, in the general election.

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In the 7th Circuit of central Virginia, six candidates compete to take on Democratic Rep. Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer.

WASHINGTON, DC

Bowser, the two-time mayor of Washington, DC, tries to fend off challenges from two council members as the district grapples with rising crime rates and homelessness problems.

Bowser had a tumultuous second term during which she has been featured repeatedly compete against Trump and a public balancing act between her own police department and a vocal coalition of activists led by Black Lives Matter. She champions the need for proven leadership and her history as one of the faces of Washington’s ongoing quest for statehood.

Her main challengers are Robert White and Trayon White, who are not related. Both accuse Bowser of mismanaging public safety issues amid rising violent crime rates and favoring developers as the rising cost of living drives black families out of town.

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The Democratic primary will essentially decide the mayoral race in deep blue Washington, DC

Robert White has a history of successful insurgency campaigns, having ousted an established incumbent for a seat on the council at large in 2016.

Trayon White openly evokes the spirit of the late DC Mayor Marion Barry controversial but popular character among many Washingtonians. was white criticized in 2018 for the claim that the Rothschilds, a Jewish banking dynasty and frequent subject of anti-Semitic conspiracy, controlled Washington’s weather conditions. He later said he was unaware that his comment could be construed as anti-Semitic.

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Associated Press writers Jeff Amy in Atlanta, Sarah Rankin in Richmond, Virginia, Ashraf Khalil in Washington, and Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock, Ark. contributed to this report.

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