Live Results: Virginia U.S. House Special Election, Wisconsin Supreme Court Primary and More

Tuesday brings a wide variety of elections, some scheduled, some special. Highlights include a congressional special election in Virginia and a regular primary for a seat on the closely-divided Wisconsin Supreme Court.

U.S. House Special Election

Virginia Congressional District 4

The only vacancy in the U.S. House will be filled via this special election. Republicans currently hold a 222-212 partisan edge. Select the 'Current House' button on the 2024 House election map to see that breakdown.

This district includes the state capital, Richmond, and runs southward to the North Carolina border. Democrat Donald McEachin died in late November, after having been easily reelected to a fourth term. 

The Democratic nominee is state Sen. Jennifer McClellan. She is heavily favored against her Republican opponent, pastor Leon Benjamin. This will be Benjamin's third try at winning this seat; he was the party's nominee in both 2020 and 2022.

Polls close at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

While this election will bring the House to full strength, that will only be the case for a few months at most. Earlier Tuesday, Rhode Island Democratic Rep. David Cicilline announced he will resign June 1 to head a nonprofit foundation.

Judicial

Wisconsin Supreme Court (Primary)

Conservative Justice Patience Roggensack is retiring, leaving a 3-3 ideological split across the remaining six members. As a result, this election, for a ten-year term, will determine the balance of power between conservative and liberal justices for at least the next two years. As such, it is extremely consequential for issues from abortion to voting rights. 

There are two conservatives and two liberals on the nonpartisan primary ballot, with the top two advancing to the April 4 general election. The conservatives are County Court Judge Jennifer Dorow and Daniel Kelly, who previously served on the Supreme Court from 2016-2020. The liberals are County Court Judges Everett Mitchell and Janet Protasiewicz.

For more, see this overview from The New York Times

Polls close at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

State Legislative Special Elections

Kentucky State Senate District 19

Republicans dominate the Kentucky State Senate, holding 30 of 38 seats. There are six Democrats along with vacancies in Districts 19 and 28. Members serve four-year staggered terms, with half the seats up in 2024.

The District 28 opening will be filled on May 16. Republican Ralph Alvarado resigned in January. 

District 19 is located southeast of Louisville. Democratic Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey resigned after being elected to Congress (KY-03). On the ballot are Democrat Cassie Chambers Armstrong and Republican Misty Glin.

Polls close at 6:00 PM Eastern Time.

 

New Hampshire State House District Strafford 8

The New Hampshire House of Representatives is the largest legislative body in the country. At full strength, the chamber has 400 members. Currently, there are 201 Republicans and 196 Democrats. Three seats are vacant. Members serve two-year terms, with the next elections in 2024.

District Strafford 8 is centered in Rochester, close to the border with Maine. Democrat Donna Ellis did not seek reelection in 2022 and left office in early December.

The November general election between Democrat Chuck Grassie and Republican David Walker ended in a TIE, with each candidate receiving 970 votes. As a result, the two will meet again in this special election.

Polls close at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.

Wisconsin State Senate District 8 (Primary)

Republicans hold a 21-11 advantage over Democrats in the Wisconsin State Senate. Members serve four-year staggered terms, with half the seats up for election in 2024.

District 8, north of Milwaukee, is the only vacancy. Republican Alberta Darling retired in December, after serving 30 years in the State Senate. In 2020, Darling was reelected by 54% to 46%, a relatively close margin considering she had been unopposed the prior two cycles.

Three Republicans are vying for their party's nomination. Jodi Sinykin is unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election is April 4.

Polls close at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

Mayoral

Madison, Wisconsin (Primary)

The Wisconsin capital is the nation's 81st largest city with a population of about 270,000.1 1Population rankings are based on July 1, 2021 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area.

The mayor is Democrat Satya Rhodes-Conway, who is completing her first term. In 2019, she defeated long-time incumbent Democrat Paul Soglin by 62% to 38%. Both had advanced from the top-two nonpartisan primary.

This year's primary features the incumbent mayor and two challengers. There is also a registered write-in candidate. The top two finishers will meet in the April 4 general election.

Polls close at 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

Upcoming Special Elections

  • February 28
    • Connecticut State House Districts 6, 100, 148
    • Georgia State House District 119 (Runoff)
  • March 7
    • Florida State House District 24 (Primary)
  • March 14
    • Tennessee State House District 86
  • March 21
    • Georgia State House District 75 (April 18 runoff, if necessary)
  • March 28
    • New Hampshire State House District Hillsborough 3 (Primary)
  • April 4
    • Wisconsin State Senate District 8

Upcoming Mayoral Elections

  • February 28
    • Chicago, Illinois (April 4 runoff if necessary)
  • March 7
    • Tampa, Florida (April 25 runoff, if necessary)
  • March 21
    • Jacksonville, Florida (May 16 runoff, if necessary)
  • April 4
    • Colorado Springs, Colorado (May 16 runoff, if necessary)
    • Denver, Colorado (June 6 runoff, if necessary)
    • Kansas City, Missouri (Primary)
    • Lincoln, Nebraska (Primary)
    • Madison, Wisconsin

 

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