Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Minnesota elections

By Maureen Chowdhury, Aditi Sangal, Melissa Macaya, JiMin Lee, Mike Hayes and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 3:01 PM ET, Wed May 25, 2022
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10:18 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

CNN Projection: Lucy McBath will win the Democratic primary for Georgia's 7th Congressional District

From CNN's Ethan Cohen and Melissa Holzberg DePalo

Rep. Lucy McBath participates in a news conference in 2021.
Rep. Lucy McBath participates in a news conference in 2021. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images)

Rep. Lucy McBath will win the Democratic primary for Georgia's 7th Congressional District, CNN projects.

McBath became active in the gun control movement after her son was fatally shot in 2012 and since being elected, she’s become one of her caucus' foremost voices on the issue.

Georgia hosted the first Democratic member vs. member primary with McBath and Carolyn Bourdeaux running in the new 7th Congressional District. Both Democrats flipped suburban districts in their respective first elections (McBath in 2018 and Bourdeaux in 2020). While most of the new congressional district includes residents Bourdeaux represented, McBath has been able to outraise and outspend the first-term member.

10:13 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Walker slams Warnock in victory speech, calling him a "rubber stamp" for Biden's policies

From CNN's Morgan Rimmer and Manu Raju

Herschel Walker speaks to supporters during an election night watch party on Tuesday, May 24, in Atlanta, Georgia.
Herschel Walker speaks to supporters during an election night watch party on Tuesday, May 24, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

In his victory speech tonight, Georgia GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker, who was backed by former President Donald Trump, criticized Sen. Raphael Warnock’s voting record in the Senate, calling him a “rubber stamp” for President Joe Biden’s policies.

CNN projects Walker will win Georgia's Republican primary for Senate and face Warnock in November.

“I’m sure he’s a nice guy. It’s ok to like him, but you don’t have to put up with his politics,” said Walker. “Reverend Warnock and Joe Biden have dragged us down the path of skyrocketing inflation, violence in our streets, chaos at the border, fentanyl killing our people, and school poisoning our kids’ minds.”

Walker noted that the country took a wrong turn when the “radical left” came up with “a bunch of lies to divide us.”

He pivoted, “Run with me, on a much better road, a road to the American dream. It’s a big, beautiful road that is open to anyone. It doesn’t matter where you came from or what color you are. It’s a road where everyone has the freedom to speak their mind, freedom to keep their hard earned money, freedom to practice their faith and make their own medical decisions, free to protect your family and yourself.”

Walker ended his speech by leading the crowd in a call and response chant: “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”

1:40 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

CNN Projection: Sarah Huckabee Sanders wins GOP nomination in the Arkansas governor's race

Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to supporters after winning the Republican primary for Arkansas governor on Tuesday, May 24, in Little Rock, Arkansas. 
Sarah Huckabee Sanders talks to supporters after winning the Republican primary for Arkansas governor on Tuesday, May 24, in Little Rock, Arkansas.  (Thomas Metthe/Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/AP)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, former White House press secretary under former President Donald Trump, will win the Republican primary for Arkansas governor, CNN projects.

Sanders defeated Doc Washburn, a former talk radio host who said he was fired last year for refusing to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

The 39-year-old was on a glide path toward securing the nomination after clearing the field of two other heavyweights.

A return to the governor's mansion would be a homecoming for Sanders after she spent her teenage years in that residence as the daughter of former Gov. Mike Huckabee — a pastor who led the state for more than 10 years. 

As the Republican nominee, she is the favorite to win in November in a state that former President Donald Trump carried by nearly 28 points in 2020.

Sanders left the Trump White House in 2019 as a controversial figure on the national stage after two-and-a-half years serving as one of the former President’s most trusted and unwavering defenders. During the campaign, she's pointed to that tenure as testament to her unwillingness to back down, presenting herself as a firewall against the "radical left" while heaping scorn on the national media.

10:02 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Former Sen. Saxby Chambliss: "Georgia Republicans have spoken about how they feel about Trump"

From CNN's Michael Warren

Former Sen. Saxby Chambliss said he’s “not surprised at all” by Brian Kemp’s victory over former Sen. David Perdue in the primary.

Chambliss, a Republican, told CNN at Kemp’s party in Atlanta that the results of the primary show that Republican voters appreciate Kemp’s accomplishments in his first term.

He also said they demonstrate the limits of the ability of former President Donald Trump, who backed Perdue, to influence GOP voters. 

“Georgia Republicans have spoken about how they feel about Trump,” said Chambliss, who served two terms in the Senate. Perdue was elected to succeed Chambliss in 2014 and served one term in the Senate before losing reelection in a 2021 runoff to Democrat Jon Ossoff.

9:51 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

CNN Projection: Ken Paxton will win the Texas attorney general primary runoff election

From CNN's Ethan Cohen and Melissa Holzberg DePalo

Ken Paxton speaks to the crowd in Dallas, Texas, in 2021.
Ken Paxton speaks to the crowd in Dallas, Texas, in 2021. (Emil Lippe for The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Ken Paxton will win his attorney general runoff election against current Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, CNN projects.

Paxton, who has been beset by criminal probes and is under indictment, led the March 1 primary but failed to clinch the race with a majority in a four-way race, triggering the run-off with Bush, whose defeat on Tuesday marks another blow to his family’s once-mighty political dynasty.

During the campaign, Bush and Paxton’s other initial challengers, former Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, warned that Paxton’s legal issues could come back to bite Republicans in a general election. 

“This campaign is about good government — making sure we don’t have indicted felons serving at the top of the chain of command of our law enforcement officials here in Texas,” Bush told Texas Public Radio ahead of the runoff.

But Paxton has already won reelection once, in 2018, despite being under indictment for securities fraud, in a case that goes back to 2015. He also enjoyed the support of former President Donald Trump – and, even as a two-term incumbent, sought to portray himself as a political outsider. 

"I guess what I'd say is, clearly, to the establishment: they got what they wanted," Paxton told supporters in a speech after the March vote. "They got me in a runoff."

9:00 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Polls are closing in Texas and Minnesota

From CNN's Rachel Janfaza, Ethan Cohen and Melissa Holzberg DePalo

It's 9 p.m. ET and polls are now closing across Texas and Minnesota.

Texas voters cast their ballots in runoff elections on Tuesday amid news of a shooting at an elementary school. At least 18 children and one adult were killed in the shooting, according to Sgt. Erick Estrada of the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Ken Paxton, left, and George P. Bush, right.
Ken Paxton, left, and George P. Bush, right. (AP)

Key races we are tracking in both states: There are a number of primary runoff elections in Texas. Controversial state Attorney Gen. Ken Paxton, who is seeking a third term, faces off against Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, the grandson of former President George H. W. Bush. Paxton finished ahead of Bush, 43% to 23%, in the first round in March.

In South Texas, moderate Rep. Henry Cuellar, whose home and campaign office were searched by the FBI in January, was forced into a runoff by progressive immigration lawyer Jessica Cisneros, whom he narrowly defeated in a 2020 primary. Abortion rights have become a key issue in the race, with Cuellar as the only House Democrat to vote against legislation that would codify abortion rights into federal law.

In Minnesota, there's a special primary election to fill the seat of the late Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn. The crowded field of candidates looking to serve the remainder of Hagedorn's term include his widow and former chair of the Minnesota Republican Party, Jennifer Carnahan.

Read more about today's primaries here.

1:46 a.m. ET, May 25, 2022

CNN Projection: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene wins GOP primary for her seat in Georgia's 14th District

From CNN's Dan Merica

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene talks with members of the media during a primary election watch party on May 24 in Rome, Georgia.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene talks with members of the media during a primary election watch party on May 24 in Rome, Georgia. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Icumbent Marjorie Taylor Greene will win the Republican primary for her House seat in Georgia, CNN projects.

Greene, a fervent acolyte of former President Donald Trump and purveyor of lies about the 2020 election, bested five primary opponents to win the Republican nomination, including Jennifer Strahan, a first-time candidate and her most formidable opponent on Tuesday.

Greene is now all but certain to win the congressional seat. The district in Northwest Georgia is one of the most conservative in the country, with more than 73% of voters backing Trump.

Unlike North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn, an equally conservative and controversial member of the House who lost his primary last week after significant Republicans lined up against him, there was little opposition to Greene from top Republicans.

8:55 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Kemp will not speak until Biden finishes his remarks on Texas school shooting

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

Republican Gov. Brian Kemp, who CNN has projected will win the GOP governor’s race in Georgia, will not address supporters in Atlanta tonight until President Biden finishes addressing the nation from the White House on the Texas school shooting, an official tells CNN.

8:56 p.m. ET, May 24, 2022

Moment of silence held at Kemp election party for Texas shooting victims

From CNN's Michael Warren

People participate in a moment of silence for the victims of a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at the primary night election event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Gov. Brian Kemp.
People participate in a moment of silence for the victims of a mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at the primary night election event for Republican gubernatorial candidate Gov. Brian Kemp. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Shortly after CNN called Georgia's Republican gubernatorial primary for incumbent Brian Kemp, conservative radio host Erick Erickson took the stage at the Kemp election night party.

Erickson said the crowd would be celebrating a “victory” for Kemp over his main primary opponent, David Perdue, but first led the audience in a moment of silence and short prayer for the victims of today’s deadly school shooting in Texas.

Kemp is waiting to address the crowd in Atlanta after remarks from President Joe Biden, Erickson said.

Kemp’s win comes following more than a year of vocal criticism from former President Donald Trump, who endorsed Perdue after urging the former US senator to get into the race.