Illinois, Colorado, New York and other states hold elections

By Elise Hammond, Adrienne Vogt, Aditi Sangal, Melissa Macaya and Mike Hayes, CNN

Updated 12:36 PM ET, Wed June 29, 2022
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11:02 p.m. ET, June 28, 2022

Democrats across South nominate Black candidates for top offices

From CNN's Eric Bradner

State Rep. Krystle Matthews speaks at the South Carolina Democratic Party convention on Saturday, June 11.
State Rep. Krystle Matthews speaks at the South Carolina Democratic Party convention on Saturday, June 11. (Meg Kinnard/AP)

South Carolina Democrats' nomination of state Rep. Krystle Matthews in a primary runoff on Tuesday makes her the latest of Black candidates across the South who Democrats have nominated in Senate and governor’s races. 

In North Carolina, Democrats chose former state Supreme Court justice Cheri Beasley as their nominee for a hotly contested Senate seat. She will face Republican Rep. Ted Budd. And in Kentucky, Democrats picked Charles Booker to take on Sen. Rand Paul.

Meanwhile, in Alabama, Democrats nominated Will Boyd to face Republican Katie Britt in the state’s Senate race. In Arkansas, Democrats nominated Chris Jones, a nuclear engineer and minister, to face Republican Sarah Sanders, former President Donald Trump’s one-time press secretary, in the race for governor.

In Georgia, Democrats chose former state legislative leader Stacey Abrams for a rematch with Gov. Brian Kemp, and Sen. Raphael Warnock, who won his seat in a special election, is seeking a full term. 

Warnock’s Republican opponent, former University of Georgia running back Herschel Walker, is seeking to join Scott and become the second Black Republican in the Senate.

Another person may join the slate in August: Rep. Val Demings, who is running for the Democratic nomination in Florida to face Republican Sen. Marco Rubio this fall.

11:43 p.m. ET, June 28, 2022

CNN Projection: Rep. Mullin and Shannon will advance to runoff in Oklahoma GOP Senate special election

From CNN staff

Rep. Markwayne Mullin speaks during a news conference outside the US Capitol on May 12.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin speaks during a news conference outside the US Capitol on May 12. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin and T.W. Shannon will advance to an Aug. 23 runoff in the race for the Oklahoma Republican nomination to fill a soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat, CNN projects.

GOP Sen. Jim Inhofe announced earlier this year he’d be resigning his seat in January, creating a wide Republican field in the special election to replace him. The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Kendra Horn in November.

Mullin, a member of the Cherokee Nation and former Mixed Martial Arts fighter, was first elected to represent Oklahoma’s second congressional district in 2012. Shannon is the former Oklahoma state House speaker.

The field also included former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Inhofe’s former chief of staff Luke Holland and Nathan Dahm, who also served in Oklahoma’s state legislature. Pruitt was the subject of various ethics investigations during his tenure under former President Trump, leading to his resignation in July 2018.

11:28 p.m. ET, June 28, 2022

CNN Projection: Mike Ezell will win GOP runoff for Mississippi's 4th Congressional District

From CNN staff

Mike Ezell at a candidate forum in Carriere, Mississippi, on May 19.
Mike Ezell at a candidate forum in Carriere, Mississippi, on May 19. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

Mike Ezell will win the runoff election for the Republican nomination in Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District, CNN projects.

The Jackson County Sheriff received endorsements from every other candidate from the first round of primaries.

The lawmaker defeated Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo. Palazzo entered the campaign facing a slew of ethics issues, including alleged misuse of campaign and congressional funds and criticism over his use of proxy-voting. Still, he finished atop a seven-candidate field earlier this month, but with only about 31% of the vote.

The opposition consolidated in the runoff, likely sending Ezell to Congress from the heavily Republican Gulf Coast district.

Palazzo, a military veteran, was first elected during the tea party wave of 2010. But a report last year from the Office of Congressional Ethics found “substantial” evidence he used campaign and congressional funds for personal use, sent staff on personal errands and sought to wield his official power to help his brother reenlist in the Navy.

The report was taken up for review by the House Ethics Committee. He has denied any wrongdoing.

The congressman has also been criticized for his use of proxy-voting despite formerly denouncing the practice, leading critics to dub him as “No-Show Palazzo.”

Palazzo didn’t help his standing in the district when he canceled an appearance at a candidate forum in May, citing "meetings dealing with national security.” Later that night, he posted pictures online of him and his son eating at a local restaurant during the event. 

10:48 p.m. ET, June 28, 2022

CNN Projection: Rep. John Curtis will win GOP primary in Utah 3rd Congressional District

From CNN staff

Rep. John Curtis is the Republican nominee in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, CNN projects.

In November, he will face Summit County Councilman Glenn Wright, who is the Democratic nominee. Utah Republicans currently control all four of the state’s US House seats.

10:45 p.m. ET, June 28, 2022

CNN Projection: Rep. Blake Moore wins GOP primary in Utah's 1st Congressional District

From CNN staff

Rep. Blake Moore will win the Republican nomination for the 1st Congressional District in Utah, CNN projects.

He will face Rick Jones who won the Democratic primary.

10:43 p.m. ET, June 28, 2022

CNN Projection: Rep. Burgess Owens will win Republican primary in Utah's 4th Congressional District

From CNN staff

Rep. Burgess Owens will win the Republican primary in Utah's 4th Congressional District, CNN projects, defeating Jake Hunsaker.

Owens is running for a second term and will now face Darlene McDonald, the Democratic nominee, in the general election. Utah Republicans currently control all four of the state’s US House seats.

11:29 p.m. ET, June 28, 2022

CNN Projection: Rep. Lee Zeldin wins Republican nomination for New York governor

From CNN staff

Rep. Lee Zeldin participates in New York's Republican gubernatorial debate on Monday, June 20.
Rep. Lee Zeldin participates in New York's Republican gubernatorial debate on Monday, June 20. (Brittainy Newman/Newsday/Pool/AP)

Rep. Lee Zeldin, who represents the eastern end of Long Island and won the state Republican party’s endorsement, will win the party’s nomination for New York governor, CNN projects.

Zeldin will face Gov. Kathy Hochul in November as she competes for her first elected term.

Zeldin’s primary competitors were Andrew Giuliani, son of former New York City Mayor and former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, Rob Astorino, a former Westchester County executive and radio professional and Harry Wilson, a businessman and former Treasury Department official in the Obama administration.

Unlike other candidates, Astorino said Trump “bears some responsibility" for the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The younger Giuliani was barred from attending a televised candidate debate in person by refusing to show proof of vaccination and instead participated virtually.

The New York GOP endorsed Zeldin at its convention in March, but Giuliani, who worked for a time in the Trump White House, appeared to be keeping pace with the establishment pick in local polls. Zeldin was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence in the final days of the race.

Though Zeldin will enter the general election as an underdog, New York has in the past shown its willingness to elect a Republican to its top job. George Pataki served three terms between 1996 and 2006. 

Zeldin’s bigger challenge will be in carving out enough distance between himself and Trump, who is deeply unpopular with most New Yorkers, without alienating the former President’s base, which he will need to stand any chance against Hochul.  

11:44 p.m. ET, June 28, 2022

CNN Projection: Heidi Ganahl wins Republican nomination for Colorado governor

From CNN staff

Heidi Ganahl, a University of Colorado regent, will win the Republican nomination for Colorado governor, CNN projects. She will now challenge incumbent Gov. Jared Polis in November. If she wins, she’ll be the first woman to serve as Colorado’s governor.

Ganahl, who is the only Republican to win statewide office in almost eight years, has received endorsements from several state and local Republican leaders in the state, including former Gov. Bill Owens and former Sen. Hank Brown.

She defeated challenger Greg Lopez, a former mayor of Parker, Colorado. Lopez, who came third in the GOP primary for governor in 2018, earned the most support from delegates at the Colorado GOP’s state assembly in April after pledging to pardon Mesa County clerk Tina Peters if elected. Lopez has also endorsed an “Electoral College” type system for statewide elections in Colorado, magnifying the influence of rural counties within the state.

Unlike Ganahl, who views Colorado’s election results as valid, even if she’s avoided questions about the national results, Lopez has said he believes Trump won the 2020 election.

10:52 p.m. ET, June 28, 2022

CNN Projection: Rep. Mary Miller wins GOP nomination in Illinois 15th Congressional District

From CNN staff

Rep. Mary Miller gives remarks after receiving an endorsement from former President Donald Trump during a Save America Rally on June 25 in Mendon, Illinois.
Rep. Mary Miller gives remarks after receiving an endorsement from former President Donald Trump during a Save America Rally on June 25 in Mendon, Illinois. (Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

GOP Rep. Mary Miller will win her party’s nomination in Illinois’ 15th Congressional District, CNN projects.

Miller, a controversial first-term lawmaker, voted to object to the 2020 Electoral College results in Pennsylvania and Arizona and received former President Trump’s endorsement despite pushback from House GOP leadership.

She defeated her colleague Rep. Rodney Davis, a five-term lawmaker who was backed by many local elected officials and who didn’t object to counting the 2020 Electoral College votes.

Miller, in a speech alongside the former President over the weekend, declared the Supreme Court's Roe ruling a "victory for White life." (A spokesperson claimed she had misspoken and meant to say, "right to life.")

Miller and Davis were competing in an incumbent vs. incumbent primary, both choosing to run in the new concave downstate 15th Congressional District. The new district is based around the Springfield suburbs and includes portions of each of the member’s current districts. Miller does not live in the new district, but chose to challenge Davis rather than GOP Rep. Mike Bost.

Davis was seen as a conservative, but one with more of an institutionalist approach than Miller.