South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott formally launched his 2024 presidential campaign on Monday. Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, made his announcement in North Charleston, after an introduction by the second-highest-ranking Senate Republican, John Thune of South Dakota, who has endorsed him.
Scott is attempting a more traditional conservative, positive message, a contrast to the current frontrunner, former President Donald Trump. Whether that resonates with the GOP base, particularly in an increasingly crowded field, remains to be seen.
According to the New York Times, "Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey, are expected to enter the race in the coming days. Chris Sununu, the popular Republican governor of New Hampshire, hinted over the weekend that he was likely to throw his hat in the ring as well, scrambling the battle for the state with the first Republican primary. Mike Pence, Mr. Trump’s former vice president, is still mulling a run."
The move opens up a seat likely to remain in Democratic hands. The early favorite, if she chooses to run, will be Lisa Blunt Rochester, the state's at-large U.S. Representative. Answering a question following his prepared remarks, Carper said that he supports Rochester to succeed him.
Carper is the fifth Senator to pass on reelection in 2024, joining Mike Braun (R-IN), Ben Cardin (D-MD), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Only Braun is seeking another office, running for governor of Indiana. Only the Michigan seat is seen as competitive.
Overall, 34 Senate seats are up in 2024. The map favors Republicans, as Democrats will be defending 23 seats, including all seven currently seen as the highly competitive. The GOP can regain control with a net gain of two seats or by winning the 2024 presidential election along with a net gain of one seat.
Kentucky and Pennsylvania hold statewide primaries on Tuesday. In this off-year, there's only a few races we're tracking. There are also several mayoral and legislative special elections.
Polls close at 6:00 PM local time. That's 6:00 PM Eastern, except 7:00 PM Eastern for areas observing Central Time.
Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear is seeking a second term. While he has the benefit of incumbency, a competitive general election is likely in this deep red state. That has drawn a large field of Republicans seeking to challenge him.
Three of the nation's 15 most populous cities, along with another three in the top 100 - all in Texas - will elect a mayor on Saturday.11City rankings are based on July 1, 2021 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area.
All the elections are officially nonpartisan. However, the affiliation of each incumbent, if known, is displayed. All six incumbents are expected to be reelected.
The six cities are ordered by population, starting with the largest - San Antonio. Results will be available after the polls close at 7:00 PM Central Time (8:00 PM Eastern).
After a very quiet April, the election calendar picks back up Tuesday with the mayoral election in Lincoln, Nebraska. There are also mayoral primaries in Indiana and Ohio and state house special primaries in Massachusetts.
Looking ahead, several cities in Texas will elect mayors this Saturday. May 16 will be the busiest day of the month, including the Kentucky statewide primary. In the Bluegrass State, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear will be seeking a second term. Most of the focus will be on the Republican primary, where a dozen candidates are vying to challenge the incumbent in what is likely to be a competitive general election.
Three of the nation's 100 most populous cities will hold mayoral elections or primaries on Tuesday.11City rankings are based on July 1, 2021 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area. Lincoln, Nebraska will hold a general election, while Indianapolis and Fort Wayne in Indiana will hold primaries.
We'll also have results for the Akron, Ohio Democratic primary.