2022 Florida and New York Election Results

A campaign worker places a sign outside a polling place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 21.
A campaign worker places a sign outside a polling place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 21. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)

The end of the August primary season came on Tuesday, with elections in New York, Florida and Oklahoma.

Here are some keys things to watch for tonight:

Florida Democrats will choose a challenger for DeSantis: The Florida Democratic Party has wandered lost in the Sunshine State since Republican Ron DeSantis narrowly defeated his 2018 gubernatorial nominee, Andrew Gillum. They have no power in Tallahassee as a perpetual minority party in the state legislature, they squandered their massive voter registration advantage, they lost the 2020 presidential election to Donald Trump here by a good margin and have struggled lately to convince donors that Florida is still a battleground worth investing in.

Meanwhile, DeSantis has become one of the nation’s most recognizable Republicans and a potential GOP nominee for the White House in 2024.

On Tuesday, Democratic voters in the state will choose a gubernatorial candidate they hope can lead their turnaround and perhaps slow DeSantis’ meteoric rise. The choice is between Rep. Charlie Crist, a Republican former governor whom Democrats nominated for governor in 2014, and Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat.

Abortion rights – and bail reform – dominate special election in upstate New York: Abortion rights are on the ballot in this special election between Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan, the Democrat, and Republican Dutchess County Executive, Marc Molinaro – at least, c is what Ryan (and his lawn signs) are saying.

Ryan, an Iraq War veteran, has sought to channel anger over the Supreme Court’s ruling ending federal abortion rights into an electoral advantage over Molinaro, a moderate Republican who says, despite being “personally pro-life”, that he would not vote for a national ban. (At the same time, Molinaro declined to say whether he would support legislation to legalize abortion nationwide.)

A power struggle in the city center answers the call for “generational change”: The redistricting has upended much of New York’s status quo, but perhaps nowhere more than in a large chunk of Upper Manhattan, which for decades has been politically dominated by Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, on the West Side , and Carolyn Maloney, on the east side. .

Their parallel dominions were fused together by the hand of a “special master” who mapped out the new quarters, sparking one of the cycle’s fiercest campaigns in a jam-packed hot summer. On Saturday, Maloney — on camera — recommended an op-ed in the New York Post. “They call him senile,” she said. Nadler, meanwhile, accused her rival of exaggerating her record in the House, to which they were both elected in 1992.

Could a moderate emerge from one of New York’s most liberal new neighborhoods? Thirteen candidates are on the ballot in the open-seat primary, although one, former mayor Bill de Blasio, withdrew in late July. Of the remaining dozen, four appear to have a realistic chance of emerging to represent Lower Manhattan and Brownstone Brooklyn – in what will be one of the most liberal neighborhoods in the country.

But a stack of progressives, led by state Deputy Yuh-Line Niou, city council member Carlina Rivera and Rep. Mondaire Jones, an incumbent who moved to the city from the suburbs, risk breaking the vote. further left and paving the way for Daniel Goldman, the moderate former federal prosecutor who served as lead counsel for the Democrats in former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial.

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