Nevada, South Carolina, Maine and North Dakota primaries

By Maureen Chowdhury, Elise Hammond, Meg Wagner and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 6:07 p.m. ET, June 15, 2022
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9:13 p.m. ET, June 14, 2022

CNN Projection: Armstrong and Haugen will face off in November for North Dakota's only House seat 

US Rep. Kelly Armstrong, left, and Democratic challenger Mark Haugen
US Rep. Kelly Armstrong, left, and Democratic challenger Mark Haugen (US House Office of Photography, Mark Haugen for Congress)

Incumbent GOP Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Democrat Mark Haugen will win their respective primaries for North Dakota's at-large House seat, CNN projects.

Both ran uncontested in their primaries and will face off against each other in November.

9:02 p.m. ET, June 14, 2022

Polls are closing across North Dakota

From CNN's Ethan Cohen and Melissa Holzberg DePalo

It's 9 p.m. ET, and polls are closing across North Dakota.

The state is split between Central and Mountain Time. And some polls started closing in parts of the state at 8 p.m. ET.

Voters are casting their ballots in races for secretary of state and US Senate.

GOP Rep. Kelly Armstrong and Democrat Mark Haugen are uncontested in their primaries for the state’s at-large House seat. 

8:25 p.m. ET, June 14, 2022

South Carolina rep running for reelection offers a brief blessing at his campaign party as votes roll in

From CNN's Michael Warren

US Rep. Tom Rice, center, arrives at his campaign party in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
US Rep. Tom Rice, center, arrives at his campaign party in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (Michael Warren/CNN)

The party has just begun at Brother’s Grill in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where GOP Rep. Tom Rice’s campaign is awaiting the results of Tuesday’s primary election. Rice is running for a sixth term in the House but is facing a difficult challenge following his vote in Jan. 2021 to impeach Donald Trump. 

His main challenger is Russell Fry, whom Trump endorsed.

The small restaurant in a strip mall is apparently one of Rice’s favorite restaurants. A few minutes after 7:30 p.m. ET, Rice walked in, flanked by two sheriff’s deputies and wearing a blue blazer and jeans, to cheers from the crowd of about 40. 

Rice offered a brief blessing in front of a buffet spread of food.

“God, thank you for giving us life. Thank you for blessing us every single day,” he said. “Help us to pause for a moment and take joy in those blessings. God, give us a purpose. Show us where you want to put us. Use us as a tool to life all your people. Bless this food, bless this gathering here tonight, put us where you want us, God, bring us success.”
8:10 p.m. ET, June 14, 2022

CNN Projection: Incumbent Mark Hammond will win GOP secretary of state nomination

Incumbent Mark Hammond will win the Republican nomination for South Carolina secretary of state, CNN projects.

He will face Democrat Rosemounda Peggy Butler in the general election in November.

8:02 p.m. ET, June 14, 2022

Polls are closing in Maine and Texas' 34th Congressional District

From CNN's Ethan Cohen and Melissa Holzberg DePalo

It's 8 p.m. ET, and polls are closing across Maine and in Texas' 34th Congressional District.

Key races to watch in Maine: The race for Maine's 2nd Congressional District is setting up to be one of the most competitive House races in the general election in November.

The seat is currently held by Democratic Rep. Jared Golden who is running unopposed. Two Republicans — former Rep. Bruce Poliquin and Elizabeth Caruso, a small business owner — are squaring off to take him on in the fall. The district voted for Donald Trump in 2020.

In Maine's gubernatorial race, Democratic incumbent Janet Mills is unopposed for her party’s nomination, as is her predecessor, controversial Republican Paul LePage.

Key things to know about Texas' special election: Voters in the state's 34th Congressional District will decide who will fill a vacant seat after Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela announced in April he would resign — he had previously said he wouldn’t be seeking another term.

The special election to fill the last few months of the term will be held under Texas’ old district lines — not the new district lines voters voted in for the March 1 primaries. 

The parties have consolidated their support around two candidates — leading Republicans have endorsed Mayra Flores, who is also the GOP nominee for the redrawn district in November, while Democrat Dan Sanchez has the support of Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who currently represents the neighboring 15th District and is the Democratic nominee for the 34th Congressional District in November.

This could be one of the best chances either party has to flip a seat in a special election this cycle.

7:45 p.m. ET, June 14, 2022

CNN Projection: Gov. Henry McMaster will win GOP primary for South Carolina governor

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster walks off the stage during a rally in March.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster walks off the stage during a rally in March. (Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

GOP Gov. Henry McMaster will advance to the November general election in his bid for reelection, CNN projects.

He is running for a second full term and faced one primary challenger, Harrison Musselwhite.

7:52 p.m. ET, June 14, 2022

Organizers in Nevada are taking a creative approach to break a "cycle of apathy" and mobilize AAPI voters

From CNN’s Rachel Janfaza

Voting stickers are handed out in Las Vegas at an event trying to mobilize Asian and Pacific Islander voters.
Voting stickers are handed out in Las Vegas at an event trying to mobilize Asian and Pacific Islander voters. (Rachel Janfaza/CNN)

With a live DJ and ice-cold matcha tea, organizers hyped up voters — both new and old — at Desert Breeze Community Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, Tuesday afternoon.

The event, put on by One APIA Nevada and Asian Community Development Council (ACDC), nonpartisan sister organizations that support Asian and Pacific Islander communities in Nevada, was meant to drive Asian and Pacific Islander voters in the area to the polls, the groups said. 

“The traditional narrative is that Asians always have voting apathy,” said Eric Jeng, the director of outreach for ACDC, who at 33-years-old said he is the oldest organizer with the group.

“We want to break that cycle of apathy,” Jeng told CNN. 

ACDC aims to educate and mobilize voters in an area where the Asian American and Pacific Islander community is growing. 

A DJ plays at the event on Tuesday.
A DJ plays at the event on Tuesday. (Rachel Janfaza/CNN)

Ahead of Tuesday’s primary elections, ACDC translated non-partisan voter guides into five languages: Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese and Thai.  

Ashley Hermosura, a 33-year-old Democratic voter, told CNN she knew to vote Tuesday because she had been following One APIA on social media. 

In addition to posting on social media for weeks, the group had been knocking on doors and sending text messages, encouraging members of the community to vote. 

“The Republican party has a lot of traction,” Hermosura said, explaining that she showed up to vote for Democratic candidates who are backed by unions and education council members. 

Hermosura said she believes in “getting the Asian vote out in elections and showing up as a politically activated audience in elections.”

Catherine Lee, who is 18 years old and voted in Nevada’s primary election, described the experience of voting for the first time as “cool.” 

Lee, who voted at another event sponsored by the groups last Friday, said she was most excited about voting in the district attorney race.

“They shape outcomes important for fighting racial discrimination in the criminal justice system,” Lee said, describing why she found that race interesting.

9:11 p.m. ET, June 14, 2022

Republican Tom Rice of South Carolina is facing off against pro-Trump backlash

From CNN's Eric Bradner and Gregory Krieg

US Rep. Tom Rice speaks during a committee hearing in Washington, DC, in March.
US Rep. Tom Rice speaks during a committee hearing in Washington, DC, in March. (Ting Shen/Bloomberg/Getty Images)

Can a Republican House member from a deep red state who voted to impeach Trump, as Rep. Tom Rice did after the Capitol riot, win a GOP primary in 2022?

The first test will come on Tuesday, when Rice, perhaps the most surprising name on the list of 10 Republican members who joined Democrats in impeaching Trump, faces six challengers — led by state Rep. Russell Fry, who has the former President's endorsement.

Rice is the rare Republican who initially condemned Trump after the insurrection, voted to impeach him afterward and continues to be critical of Trump even as he fights for his political life. His bet: that his deeply conservative record will win out in a district that previously has elected him five times.

Trump has been typically bombastic in his denunciations of Rice, who had been a staunch ally until the insurrection, a "coward who abandoned his constituents by caving to (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi and the Radical Left" over Rice's vote to impeach.

If none of the primary candidates wins a clear majority, the top two vote-getters will match up in a runoff, on June 28, to decide the nomination.

Here are more key things to watch in today's primaries.

Correction: A previous version of this post misstated the date slated for runoffs in South Carolina.

7:00 p.m. ET, June 14, 2022

Polls are closing in South Carolina

From CNN's Ethan Cohen and Melissa Holzberg DePalo

It's 7 p.m. ET, and polls closing across South Carolina.

South Carolina’s most competitive primaries will take place in its House races. GOP Sen. Tim Scott and GOP Gov. Henry McMaster are both up for reelection, but Scott is unopposed in his primary and McMaster faces only minor competition. 

Here are some of the key races voters are weighing in on:

  • 7th Congressional District (GOP primary): Rep. Tom Rice was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the Jan. 6 insurrection. Trump recently endorsed his primary challenger — state Rep. Russell Fry.
  • 1st Congressional District (GOP primary): Republican Rep. Nancy Mace flipped the seat in 2020 — defeating Democratic Rep. Joe Cunningham — and is now seeking a second term. She is being challenged in the Republican primary by conservative former state Rep. Katie Arrington, who is making her second run for the seat.

Candidates in South Carolina primaries must win more than 50% of the vote to avoid a runoff. If necessary, runoffs would be held on June 28.