Voters in California, New Jersey, South Dakota, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana and New Mexico select their GOP and Democratic candidates in several primaries on Tuesday as signs of a red wave continue to occur off both coasts.
The mostly Western states voting on Tuesday have several battles at stake, as voters in Golden State in particular select candidates in numerous competitive primaries — and the first Republican to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump, in his second impeachment, is running for re-election and will have to face voters again. The fate of Rep. David Valadao (R-CA), who has a primary challenger, as well as the fate of several other establishment-aligned Republicans in California as well as other states like Mississippi and South Dakota, will be decided on Tuesday. The mayoral race in Los Angeles is also interesting and could signal an even further leftward drift of the Democratic Party.
In other places, like New Jersey and Iowa, voters will select GOP candidates to face vulnerable incumbent Democrats like Rep. Cindy Axne (D-IA) in Iowa’s Third District and Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) in New Jersey’s Seventh District. .
In South Dakota, GOP Governor Kristi Noem is seeking to formalize her re-election efforts as she aims to once again become the GOP nominee in Tuesday’s primary election.
Trump, meanwhile, again has plenty of endorsements in play in several of those states — and should fare much better than he did a few weeks ago in Georgia. Many of Trump’s picks are faring much better in these states, and after the establishment media released their obituary pens for Trump’s political power, many may have to start reconsidering that narrative starting Tuesday and continue from June to July and August.
Polls close at 8 p.m. ET in New Jersey and Mississippi, 9 p.m. ET in Iowa, New Mexico and South Dakota, 10 p.m. ET in Montana and 11 p.m. ET in California .
Follow here for live updates as results roll in from across the country.
UPDATE 8:12 PM ET:
The first votes are pouring in in New Jersey. In the all-important 7th District GOP primary, as expected, Tom Kean Jr. holds a lead with about 2% reporting so far. Republicans are hoping Kean wins this primary, and if he does, he will be a formidable general election challenger to incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski (D-NJ).
UPDATE 8:08 p.m. ET:
Former President Donald Trump has an opportunity to bounce back tonight from a tough end to May with huge losses in Georgia, and has several endorsements in play tonight. According to his team, the list of endorsements Trump has on Tuesday across the country are as follows:
California-01: LaMalfa, Doug
California-03: Kiley, Kevin
California-05: McClintock, Tom
California-20: McCarthy, Kevin
California-23: Obernolte, Jay
California-41: Calvert, Ken
California-48: Issa, Darrell
Governor of Iowa: Reynolds, Kim
Iowa-Senate: Grassley, Chuck
Iowa-01: Hinson, Ashley
Iowa-04: Feenstra, Randy
Mississippi-01: Kelly, Trent
Montana-01: Zinke, Ryan
Montana-02: Rosendale, Matt
New Jersey-02: Van Drew, Jeff
Governor of South Dakota: Noem, Kristi
UPDATE 8:04 PM ET:
Polls are closed in Mississippi and New Jersey. The first results are expected soon. Stay tuned for updates.