Take two from the New Hampshire and Rhode Island primaries

The Granite State, as well as Rhode Island and Delaware, are holding primaries on Tuesday — setting the final pieces of the playing field for the eight-week sprint to November’s midterm elections after completing the first 2022 schedule.
The field is slated to be one of the most competitive congressional races in New England this fall after Rhode Island State Treasurer Seth Magaziner won the 2nd District Democratic primary, CNN predicts.
He now faces Republican Allan Fung, the mayor of Cranston in the district where longtime Jim Langevin is retiring. Langevin, a Democrat, has won his races without serious competition since 2001, and President Joe Biden won there by 14 percentage points in 2020. But Republicans believe the seat is winnable.

Fung was the Republican candidate for governor in 2014 and 2018, losing twice to former Gov. Gina Raimondo, but performed well in the district that covers the western half of the state.

Magaziner defeated Sarah Morgenthau, who served as Peace Corps Response director under former President Barack Obama; David Segal, who served in the state legislature and ran an unsuccessful race for Congress in 2010; and Joy Fox, who worked as director of communications for Langevin and Raimondo.

McKee remains in Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s Dan McKee was one of the few governors in the country to face four primary challengers while seeking his first full, elected term.

But McKee, who took over as governor last year when Raimondo quit to join the Biden administration, is no stranger to tough primaries: He narrowly lost his bid for lieutenant governor in 2018.

In the end, though, despite being dogged by a federal investigation into the awarding of a controversial state contract to a company with ties to an old ally — an episode in which McKee has denied any wrongdoing — he emerged from the fray. , is likely to benefit from the split between the anti-incumbency vote.

Two of his closest rivals, former CVS CEO Helena Foulkes and Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, ran as reformers with a promise to clean up government. Foulkes, who had promised not to run for re-election unless he revitalized Rhode Island’s schools, was endorsed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

The race was a disaster for progressive favorite Matt Brown, a former secretary of state endorsed by Bernie Sanders, who trailed the frontrunners four years after losing his primary challenge to Raimondo.