There is a special Republican primary on Tuesday in Alabama State House District #79, in the eastern part of the state (Auburn). This election is to fill the vacancy caused by former State House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s (R) removal from office after his conviction on felony ethics violations in June. There are four Republican candidates, with no Democrat running. A primary runoff, if necessary, will take place on November 29th.
Oklahoma held runoff elections in their party primaries on Tuesday, and I’ve added the unofficial results to my historical chart of such contests. That listing now details the last 56 Congressional, statewide, and state legislative primary runoffs in the state over the previous 5 cycles, from 2008 through 2016. A link to a .pdf version of this chart appears at the bottom of this post.
The last primary runoffs before Election Day take place on Tuesday in Oklahoma, as Democrats will select their nominee in the solidly Republican 5th Congressional district. In addition, there will be runoff voting in 13 state legislative districts: seven in the State Senate (all Republican) and six in the State House (2 D, 4R).
There is a Special Runoff Election in Texas HD #120 (San Antonio) today, as longtime State Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D) resigned in January due to health reasons.
Runoff elections were held on Tuesday in Georgia, a full 9 weeks after party primaries on May 24th. Runoffs took place among Republicans for the 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R), as well as in 2 State Senate districts (1 D, 1 R), and 11 State House Districts (5 D, 6 R).
Here is some initial analysis about yesterday’s primary runoff elections in South Carolina:
There was a special election on Tuesday in Mississippi’s State House District #29 in the Mississippi Delta region. The seat became vacant when Linda Coleman (D), who had served as the State Representative in the area for 25 years, was appointed to a Circuit Court judgeship earlier in 2016.
There is a special election today in the Massachusetts State Senate, with Republicans trying to hold one of their 6 seats in that body (compared to 34 Democrats). The election takes place in what is known as the Plymouth & Norfolk District, because it includes parts of both of those counties, in the southern suburbs of Boston. Robert Hedlund (R), who held the seat for 20 years and was the Assistant Minority Leader of the MA State Senate, resigned in January after being elected Mayor of Weymouth, which is the largest city in the district.
Recent news developments from the last few days will trigger two additional state legislative special elections to be scheduled later this year:
Republican State Representative Tom Killion easily defeated non-profit executive Marty Molloy (D) in the Special Election in Pennsylvania State Senate District #9 on Tuesday. Killion carried both counties in the district by a nearly equal margin, 57%-43%.