Overview & Live Results: New Jersey Primary; Denver Mayoral Runoff

Tuesday is primary day in New Jersey, one of just four states with legislative elections this year. The others - Louisiana, Mississippi, and Virginia - will hold their primaries in the weeks ahead; see the election calendar at the bottom of this article.

Separately, residents of Denver will elect a mayor in Tuesday's runoff election.

New Jersey Primary

Polls close at 8:00 PM. Winners will advance to the November 7 general election.

State Senate

Democrats hold a comfortable 25-15 majority in the New Jersey State Senate. The chamber uses a 2-4-4 election cycle. In that system, the first election after redistricting is for a two-year term, with the two subsequent elections for a four-year term.  Applying that to this decade, the 2021 Senate elections were for a two-year term, while those this year and in 2027 will be for a four-year term.

General Assembly

Democrats also control the 80-member New Jersey General Assembly. The party holds 45 seats, with Republicans seated in 34. There is one vacancy.

There are 40 Assembly districts in the state, each with the same boundaries as the corresponding State Senate district. As each district is represented by two people, the top two finishers in the November general election will be elected.

Likewise, for the party primaries, where there are two or more candidates on the ballot, the top two finishers will advance to the general election.

Mayoral Election 

Denver, Colorado (Runoff)

Rank Population Mayor Terms Status
19 713,252 Michael Hancock (D) 3 Term-limited

*Population rank is based on the July 1, 2022 Census Bureau estimates. It is based on the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area.

A field of 16 competed in the April 3 election to succeed Mayor Michael Hancock (D), who was ineligible to run for a fourth term. As no candidate received a majority of the vote, the top two finishers advanced to this runoff.

Former State Sen. Mike Johnston finished first with 24% of the vote, followed by former Denver Chamber of Commerce CEO Kelly Brough at 20%. While the election is officially nonpartisan, both candidates are Democrats. 

The election is being conducted largely by mail, with voting centers also available. Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.

Upcoming Elections

Statewide Primaries

  • June 20: Virginia
  • August 8: Mississippi
  • October 14: Louisiana

Special Elections

  • June 13
    • Georgia State House District 68 (Runoff)
    • Maine State House District 45
  • June 15
    • Tennessee State House Districts 52 and 86 (Primary)
  • June 20
    • Wisconsin State Assembly District 24 (Primary)
  • June 22
    • Tennessee State House District 3 (Primary)

Mayoral Election

  • June 20
    • Kansas City, Missouri
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