By 270toWin Staff - December 20, 2022, 11:21 AM ET
Tuesday's Special Democratic Primary in Georgia State House District 129 will wrap up the 2022 election calendar (at least for races we follow).
The November general election for this seat was won posthumously by Democrat Henry Howard, who was running unopposed. Howard, who had served in the State House since 2007, died in October. Note that Howard had been serving as District 124 representative prior to his death; District 129 is the successor created in redistricting.
Interestingly, because no other parties qualified for the regular November election, only Democrats are eligible to win the seat in this special election. There are four on the ballot. If a candidate gets a majority of the vote, they are elected. Otherwise, the top two finishers will meet in a January 17 runoff.
By 270toWin Staff - December 17, 2022, 11:09 AM ET
On Election Day, there were 17 mayoral elections across the nation's 100 largest cities.11Population rankings are based on July 1, 2021 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area.In Laredo, the smallest of those cities, no candidate received a majority of the vote, requiring this runoff.
Pete Saenz (I)
A ten-person field competed in the nonpartisan (NPA) November 8 election, with four candidates receiving over 15% support. The top two finishers were Mercurio Martinez (22% of the vote) and Victor Trevino (21%). They were separated by just over 300 votes. Martinez is a former City Councilmember, while Trevino was previously the top doctor at the city's health authority.
On Election Day, there were 17 mayoral elections across the nation's 100 largest cities11Population rankings are based on July 1, 2021 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area., including three in Texas. In two of those - Austin and Laredo - no candidate received a majority of the vote, requiring a top two runoff election.
The Austin runoff is today; Laredo follows on Saturday. Both elections are officially nonpartisan, although we do note party affiliations where known. Polls close at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
Steve Adler (D)
State Rep. Celia Israel (42% of the vote) and former State Sen. Kirk Watson (36%) advanced from the five-candidate field. Both are Democrats; Watson previously served as the city's mayor from 1997 to 2001.
Tuesday's Georgia runoff election will determine if the Senate remains evenly divided, or whether Democrats hold a 51-49 edge. While Democrats will retain control in the new Congress regardless of the outcome, there are significant organizational advantages associated with winning a true majority.
Virginia District 4 includes the state capital, Richmond. It is a safely Democratic district. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) will set a special election to fill the vacancy.
If there are no further changes, the partisan composition of the House for the final month of this Congress will be 219 Democrats and 213 Republicans, along with three vacancies. The open seats were all previously held by Democrats. The other two are in Florida, where Reps. Charlie Crist (FL-13) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) resigned earlier this year.
Republicans will take control of the House January 3 - five weeks from today - having won at least 220 seats in the midterm elections. The most likely final outcome is a 222-213 GOP margin, an exact mirror of the Democratic 222-213 edge after the 2020 election.