New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Delaware primaries

By Maureen Chowdhury, Elise Hammond and Melissa Macaya, CNN

Updated 1:43 p.m. ET, September 14, 2022
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8:31 p.m. ET, September 13, 2022

CNN Projection: Ashley Kalus wins the GOP primary for Rhode Island governor

From CNN staff

Ashley Kalus, left, speaks with store owner Steven Marocco, of Cranston, Rhode Island on March 22.
Ashley Kalus, left, speaks with store owner Steven Marocco, of Cranston, Rhode Island on March 22. (Steven Senne/AP)

Ashley Kalus will win the Republican primary for Rhode Island governor, CNN projects.

Kalus was the favorite in the GOP primary and had already launched attack ads on incumbent Democratic Gov. Dan McKee.

The last Republican governor of Rhode Island was Don Carcieri, who served from 2003 to 2011. 

8:32 p.m. ET, September 13, 2022

CNN Projection: Seth Magaziner will win Democratic nomination for Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District 

From CNN staff  

Seth Magaziner is photographed in his office in Providence, Rhode Island on February 7.
Seth Magaziner is photographed in his office in Providence, Rhode Island on February 7. (David Goldman/AP)

Seth Magaziner will win the Democratic nomination for Rhode Island’s 2nd Congressional District, CNN projects. He will face Republican Allan Fung in November.

Magaziner, the Rhode Island treasurer, had been running for the governor’s seat but pivoted to run for the congressional seat after Rep. Jim Langevin announced he would retire.  

Magaziner raised the most money in the race and had high name recognition in the state and stacking up endorsements — including one from Langevin. 

He defeated Sarah Morgenthau, who was the director of the Peace Corps Response under former President Barack Obama, David Segal, who once served in the state legislature and ran a failed congressional race in 2010, and Joy Fox, who worked as communications director for Langevin and former Gov. Gina Raimondo. 

While President Joe Biden won big in the district and Langevin has represented it since 2001 without much competition, Republicans expect Fung, the former Cranston mayor, to run a credible campaign. 

Fung was the Republican candidate for governor in 2014 and 2018, losing twice to Raimondo but performing well in the district, which covers the western half of the state.

 

8:11 p.m. ET, September 13, 2022

CNN Projection: Incumbent David Cicilline wins Democratic primary in Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District

From CNN staff

Rep. David Cicilline holds a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center after a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus on July 19.
Rep. David Cicilline holds a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center after a meeting of the House Democratic Caucus on July 19.  (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images)

Incumbent David Cicilline will win the Democratic primary in Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District, CNN projects.

He served as an impeachment manager during former President Donald Trump's second impeachment trial.

Cicilline will face Republican Allen Waters in November. Both ran unopposed in their respective primaries.

8:02 p.m. ET, September 13, 2022

CNN Projection: Incumbent Chris Sununu will win the GOP primary for New Hampshire governor

From CNN staff

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu speaks with people at a campaign stop for Republican Senate candidate Chuck Morse in Bedford, New Hampshire on Tuesday.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu speaks with people at a campaign stop for Republican Senate candidate Chuck Morse in Bedford, New Hampshire on Tuesday. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Incumbent Chris Sununu will win the GOP primary for New Hampshire governor and face Democrat Tom Sherman in November, CNN projects.

8:23 p.m. ET, September 13, 2022

CNN Projection: Incumbent Maggie Hassan will win the Senate Democratic primary in New Hampshire 

From CNN staff

Maggie Hassan speaks to media after casting her vote in Newfields, New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Maggie Hassan speaks to media after casting her vote in Newfields, New Hampshire on Tuesday. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

Incumbent Maggie Hassan will win New Hampshire's Senate Democratic primary, CNN projects. Her November opponent will be decided by tonight's most anticipated race. 

A divisive Republican primary broke out after GOP leaders were unable to convince Gov. Chris Sununu to run for Senate.

Don Bolduc, a retired Army general who also ran for Senate in 2020, is the likely frontrunner in the race despite concerns among some Republicans he could jeopardize the party’s chances of winning the seat. 

8:01 p.m. ET, September 13, 2022

CNN Projection: Incumbent Chris Pappas wins Democratic primary in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District 

From CNN's Dan Merica

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

Incumbent Rep. Chris Pappas will win the Democratic nomination for New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District, CNN projects.

Pappas is considered one of the most vulnerable House Democrats in the country. With election forecasters tempering their months-old predictions of an overwhelming red wave election for Republicans this November, operatives on the right are looking at targets like Pappas as must-wins if the GOP is going to win control of the chamber.

Pappas has already begun distancing himself from President Biden. The same University of New Hampshire poll found 54% of New Hampshire adults disapproved of Biden's performance, while 43% approved.

In response to the President's plan to cancel some student loan debate, Pappas said it "should be more targeted and paid for so it doesn't add to the deficit."

And he knocked Biden's description of former President Trump's following as "semi-fascist" days before the primary, telling reporters that Biden "has to be careful not to paint with too broad of a brush."

CNN's David Wright contributed to this report.

8:01 p.m. ET, September 13, 2022

CNN Projection: Allan Fung will win Republican primary in Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District

From CNN staff

Allan Fung speaks at his campaign kickoff event on April 26 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Allan Fung speaks at his campaign kickoff event on April 26 in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. (David Goldman/AP)

Allan Fung will win the Republican nomination in Rhode Island's 2nd Congressional District, CNN projects.

Fung was running unopposed, but several Democrats are on their party's primary ballot to take him on in November, including Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner.

When Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin announced he would retire, he opened a competitive Democratic primary in a seat that could flip to Republicans this November.

9:14 p.m. ET, September 13, 2022

It's 8 p.m. ET and polls are closing across New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Delaware

From CNN's Shania Shelton, Melissa Holzberg DePalo and Ethan Cohen 

It's 8 p.m. ET and polls are closing across Rhode Island and Delaware.

The final polls are also closing in New Hampshire. Some locations closed earlier in the state at 7 p.m. ET.

These are the key races to watch as results roll in:

In New Hampshire, the highest-profile race will be the GOP primary for the US Senate seat. Don Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general, is facing off with state Senate President Chuck Morse. Fearing that Bolduc could jeopardize their chances of unseating Hassan, some Republicans have been pouring money into the race to try to boost Morse. The winner will take on Hassan, who is seeking a second term.

Granite State Republicans in the 1st District will also choose their nominee to face Rep. Chris Pappas, who is seeking a third term, in November. Top contenders in the crowded primary include: Matt Mowers, who worked as an adviser in the State Department in former President Donald Trump’s administration; Karoline Leavitt, who was an assistant press secretary in Trump’s administration; Gail Huff Brown, the wife of former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown; and state Rep. Tim Baxter.

In Rhode Island, there is a full slate of primaries, including in the state’s open 2nd Congressional District. Democratic Rep. Jim Langevin opened up a competitive Democratic primary for the seat when he announced his retirement in January. Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner has raised the most amount of money in the race but was unable to clear the field. 

Magaziner faces opposition from several Democrats, including Sarah Morgenthau, who was the director of the Peace Corps Response under former President Barack Obama; David Segal who once served in the state legislature and ran a failed congressional race in 2010; and Joy Fox, who worked as communications director for Langevin and former Gov. Gina Raimondo. The winner will face Republican Allan Fung, who is unopposed, in November.

In the Democratic gubernatorial primary, Gov. Dan McKee is seeking his first full term after being elevated from lieutenant governor last year after Gina Raimondo became President Joe Biden’s commerce secretary. McKee faces opposition from a few Democrats, including Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea and former CVS president Helena Foulkes. Businesswoman Ashley Kalus is the favorite to win in the Republican primary. The last time a Republican won the governorship was in 2002.

While Delaware will not hold any primaries for Congress or governor, the state will hold local and some lower-profile statewide primaries.

7:12 p.m. ET, September 13, 2022

How Tuesday's GOP primary in New Hampshire will help set up the Senate battleground map

From CNN's Eric Bradner and David Wright

New Hampshire Republicans are set to choose their candidate to take on Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan on Tuesday in a primary that will lock in the final key matchup in November’s battle for control of the Senate.

Don Bolduc, center, stands with supporters during the Pledge of Allegiance at a town hall event in Laconia, New Hampshire on September 10.
Don Bolduc, center, stands with supporters during the Pledge of Allegiance at a town hall event in Laconia, New Hampshire on September 10. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

GOP voters in the Granite State are choosing among a field of candidates led by Don Bolduc, a retired Army brigadier general, and state Senate president Chuck Morse. Former President Donald Trump has not publicly backed a candidate in the race, but Bolduc has embraced Trump’s election denialism. GOP Gov. Chris Sununu and national Republicans have rushed to defeat Bolduc, whom they view as a weaker general election candidate, and are backing Morse against Hassan.

Bolduc, who lost a bid for the GOP Senate nod two years ago, had brought in just shy of $600,000 by the end of August compared to Hassan’s $31.4 million. He also has a penchant for saying controversial things, some of which he’s walked back. But in response, Sununu called Bolduc a “conspiracy-theorist-type candidate” and “not a serious candidate” in an interview with WGIR last month.

In a Sunday op-ed in the New Hampshire Union Leader, Sununu wrote that “the stakes are too high for New Hampshire and America,” adding that they need a nominee “who will have the resources to compete in the most crucial battleground state in America.”

Implications for the November midterms: In an evenly divided Senate, where Republicans need a net gain of just one seat to flip the chamber, Hassan is one of four key Democratic incumbents Republicans are looking to pick off this year.

Republicans had hoped that inflation and the backlash new presidents historically have faced in midterm elections would carry the party to House and Senate majorities in November, delivering victories in competitive races across the map no matter the individual candidates in those races.

But gas prices have dropped. Biden and the Democratic-controlled Congress have enacted more of the President’s agenda. Democratic candidates have outpaced most of their GOP Senate rivals in fundraising. The FBI’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate has once again elevated a figure who galvanizes liberals and alienates suburban voters.