There are no primaries in the presidential race today, with Wisconsin looming as the next critical contest for both parties on April 5th. However, there is a state legislative special election in southeastern Georgia – in State House District #162 in the Savannah area. Three Democrats (businessman Josey Sheppard, pastor and community leader Carl Gilliard, and civil rights activist Alicia Blakely) are vying to be the successor to the late Rep. Bob Bryant (D), who held this seat for five terms before he passed away in February.
The Republican primary runoff in State House District #88 that was extensively analyzed here wound up being somewhat less close than I expected. This was not a special election – this race was for the GOP nomination for this seat in the November general election after Arkansas’ full primary three weeks ago.
Unofficial results from Washington County, Arkansas are summarized below:
There is a Republican primary on Tuesday for the special election in South Carolina Senate District #4. This district includes parts of three counties in the western part of the state. The seat is open due to the passing of Republican Billy O’Dell in January, who served as State Senator in this area for 28 years.
There is just one state legislative runoff election in Arkansas on Tuesday, in State House district #88 in the northwestern part of the state (Fayetteville). When the state’s Republican voters went to the polls on March 1st, only 3 state legislative primaries featured more than two candidates, and in the other two, the winning candidate received more than 50% of the vote.
- With the presidential primaries, turnout will be very high for 3 State House specials in Michigan today. Current make-up is 61 R, 44 D (4 vacant).
- In HD #75, Rep. Dillon (D) was elected state Party chair. In HD #80 & 82, GOP Reps. Gamrat & Courser left office due to a sex scandal.
- I expect Dems will hold HD #75 – it’s a 75% Obama district. HD #80 & #82 should stay Republican since GOP primary turnout will be high.
I’m not sure I’m going to be able to write a full post about today’s extremely significant State House special elections in Kentucky, but here is what I’ve tweeted about these races so far. I’ll be posting all day on Twitter, and I’ll try to update this post periodically to keep everything in one place:
After Tuesday’s primaries in Alabama and Arkansas, there are three Republican contests in those states which will require a runoff:
ARKANSAS (March 22nd)
(There were only 3 state legislative primaries that had more than two candidates)