Election News

Ohio GOP Rep. Steve Stivers to Resign in May

Six term Republican Rep. Steve Stivers will resign from Congress effective May 16.  Stivers, who had been viewed as a possible candidate for retiring Sen. Rob Portman's seat in 2022, will instead serve as President and CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. 

Stivers represents Ohio's 15th district, located in the southcentral part of the state. It has been safely Republican turf since the last redistricting. Most recently, Stivers was reelected with 63% of the vote last November, while Donald Trump beat Joe Biden by 56% to 42%.

Stivers' departure will create a second vacancy in the Ohio delegation; Democrat Marcia Fudge (OH-11) resigned March 10 after being confirmed as HUD Secretary. Although it won't affect special elections for either of these seats, the state is expected to lose one of its 18 districts in the upcoming Census apportionment. This will likely change the boundaries for all the state's 2022 House elections.   

Texas GOP Rep. Kevin Brady Not Running in 2022

Texas Republican Rep. Kevin Brady said Wednesday that this term, his 13th in Congress, will be his last

Brady represents the 8th district in Texas, which extends northward from the northern Houston suburbs. Although the district boundaries have changed somewhat through the years, he has been reelected with at least 70% of the vote since 2008. In 2020, he earned 72.5% of the vote.

This brings to 8 the number of House retirements announced thus far this cycle.

Overview & Live Results: State House Special Elections in Connecticut and New Hampshire

Connecticut and New Hampshire hold State House special elections on Tuesday, April 13.

State House Special General Elections

Connecticut District 112

There are 151 State House districts in Connecticut. Currently, the chamber has 96 Democrats and 53 Republicans, with two vacancies. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2022. 

The District 112 special general election will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Republican J.P. Sredzinski in February. Sredzinski was in his fourth term, and had been unopposed for reelection since first winning the seat in 2014. 

The major party candidates are Republican Tony Scott and Democrat Nick Kapoor. Polls close at 8:00 PM ET. 

New Hampshire Hillsborough District 21

The 400 member New Hampshire House is the largest one in the United States. There are currently 212 Republicans and 186 Democrats, with the GOP gaining a majority this past November. There are also two vacancies. The next regularly scheduled election is 2022.

The 21st Hillsborough District is a multi-member district with 8 representatives, currently including six Republicans and one Democrat. The vacancy was previously held by Republican Dick Hinch. He died on December 9, just one week after taking over as House Speaker in the new Republican majority.

The major party candidates are Republican Bill Boyd and Democrat Wendy Thomas. Polls close at 7:00 PM ET.

Upcoming April 20

  • New Hampshire State House Merrimack District 23 Special Primary Election

GOP Rep. Lee Zeldin to Run for New York Governor

Rep. Lee Zeldin said Thursday that he is running for governor of New York in 2022. After first making the announcement on "Fox and Friends", he released an introductory video on Twitter. 

Zeldin is the first prominent Republican to formally declare for the race. Others who have expressed interest include Andrew Giuliani, son of the former New York City mayor, and Rob Astorino, the party's 2014 nominee. Gov. Mario Cuomo won his second term that year, defeating Astorino by 14%.

Cuomo won a third term by 23% over Republican Mark Molinaro in 2018. However, his prospects for a fourth term in 2022 have been clouded by numerous allegations of sexual harassment. 

The last Republican to be elected New York governor was George Pataki, who won a third term in 2002. 

New York District 1

Zeldin represents New York's first congressional district, which encompasses the eastern half of Long Island. He was first elected here in 2014, and won his fourth term by about 10% this past November. The state is likely to lose one (perhaps two) congressional districts after the Census results are known. The boundaries of the district for the 2022 election are likely to change in redistricting. This will affect how competitive the district is, and thus the prospects of any Republican looking to succeed Zeldin here. 

Overview & Live Results: St. Louis, Anchorage Mayoral Races Highlight Eight April 6 Elections

April 6 is headlined by 2 mayoral general elections. There are also 4 legislative general elections and two primaries.  Live results will appear after the polls close in each location.

Mayoral General Elections

City rankings are based on July 1, 2019 Census Bureau population estimates. They are for the city itself, not the associated metropolitan area.

St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis is the 65th largest city in the United States, with a population of about 300,000. The current mayor is Democrat Lyda Krewson. She was elected with about 68% of the vote in 2017. Republican Andrew Jones was second with 17%. Krewson is not seeking a second term.

In a change approved by St. Louis voters, a single nonpartisan primary determined the nominees (vs. partisan primaries in 2017). The top two finishers based on approval percentage advanced. They are St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones and Alderwoman Cara Spencer.  

This election is officially nonpartisan (NPA). However, both Jones and Spencer are Democrats. This suggests the outcome will be much closer than in 2017.

Polls close at 8:00 PM Eastern Time (ET).

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage is the 69th largest city in the United States, with a population of about 288,000. The acting mayor is independent Austin Quinn-Davidson. She was appointed by the Assembly after the elected mayor, Ethan Berkowitz (D) resigned in October of 2020. 

Quinn-Davidson is not seeking a full term.

Anchorage mayors serve three-year terms. If no candidate gets 45% of the vote - which seems likely with such a large field - the top two finishers will move on to a May 11 runoff.

This election is officially nonpartisan (NPA). In terms of the more prominent candidates on the ballot, Forrest Dunbar is a Democrat, while David Bronson and Mike Robbins are Republican. Bill Evans and George Martinez are independents. The affiliation of Bill Falsey is unknown.

This is a vote-by-mail election, with an option to return the ballot via drop box. The deadline is 8:00 PM local time (midnight ET). 

Mayoral Primary

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha is the 40th largest U.S. city, with a population of 478,000.  The mayor is Republican Jean Stothert. She is seeking a third four-year term. 

This is a nonpartisan all-party primary, although the four other candidates on the ballot are all Democrats. The top two finishers will advance to the general election on May 11.

Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.

Legislative Special General Elections

Missouri State House District 45

There are 163 State House districts in Alabama. Currently, the chamber has 114 Republicans and 48 Democrats. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2022.

The District 45 special general election will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Democrat Kip Kendrick in November. Kendrick announced his departure just days after winning reelection unopposed

The election pits Democrat David Smith against Libertarian Glenn Nielson. It is the first time someone other than a Democrat has contested the seat since 2016.

Polls close at 8:00 PM ET.

Oklahoma State Senate District 22

The Oklahoma State Senate has 38 Republicans and 9 Democrats. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2022.  The District 22 special election will fill the vacancy created after Republican Stephanie Bice was elected to Congress (OK-5). She resigned at the end of 2020.  

Bice won a 2nd term with about 73% of the vote in 2018. 

The nominees are Republican Jake Merrick and Democrat Molly Ooten. Polls close at 8:00 PM ET.

Wisconsin State Assembly District 89

The 99 person Wisconsin Assembly has 60 Republicans and 38 Democrats. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2022. The District 80 special election will fill the vacancy created when Republican John Nygren resigned in December, 2020.  This was one month after he had won reelection with 69% of the vote.

The nominees are Republican Elijah Behnke and Democrat Karl Jaeger. Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.

Wisconsin State Senate District 13

The Wisconsin State Senate has 22 Republicans and 10 Democrats. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2022. The District 13 special election will fill the vacancy created after Republican Scott Fitzgerald was elected to Congress (WI-5). He resigned on January 1. 

Fitzgerald was reelected with 59% of the vote in 2018.

The major party nominees are Republican John Jagler and Democrat Melissa Winkler. Polls close at 9:00 PM ET.

Legislative Special Primary

California State Assembly District 79

The 80 person California Assembly has 59 Democrats, 19 Republicans and 1 independent. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2022. The District 79 special election will fill the vacancy created when Shirley Weber resigned after being confirmed as California Secretary of State in January. That position opened up after Alex Padilla was appointed to fill Vice-President Kamala Harris' Senate seat.

Weber was reelected with 65% of the vote in 2020. 

As is typically the case in California, there is a single primary ballot featuring all candidates from all parties. Because it is a special election, if one candidate receives a majority of the vote, they are the winner. Otherwise, the top two finishers will advance to the June 8 general election.  Four Democrats are on the ballot, including Akilah Weber, daughter of the former incumbent. They are joined by Republican Marco Contreras.

Polls close at 11:00 PM ET.

Upcoming April 13

  • State House special general elections in CT-112 and NH-21

Florida Congressman Alcee Hastings Dies at 84

Rep. Alcee Hastings of Florida has died at age 84. The long-serving Democrat had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2018. 

Hastings represented Florida's 20th district, which is in the southeastern part of the state. Largely inland, it stretches toward the coast to include portions of Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale.  Hastings won his 15th and final term with 79% of the vote in 2020.

House Composition and Vacancies

There are currently 218 Democrats and 211 Republicans in the House, with six vacancies.  A special election will be scheduled to fill Hastings' seat.

Republican Julia Letlow recently won a special election in LA-5 but has not yet been seated.

The other four vacancies:

  • LA-2 vacated by Cedric Richmond (D) to join the Biden administration. On March 20, Democrats Troy Carter and Karen Peterson finished 1-2 in the all-party primary and will face off in an April 24 special election.
  • NM-1 vacated by Deb Haaland (D) after she was confirmed to be Secretary of the Interior.  Special election June 1.
  • OH-11 vacated by Marcia Fudge (D)after she was confirmed to be Secretary of HUD. A primary will be held August 3, with the general special election November 2. 
  • TX-6 vacated upon the death of Ron Wright (R) on February 7. An all-party primary will be held May 1. If no candidate receives a majority, a top two runoff will follow with a date TBA.

Democrat Rita Hart Drops Challenge in Iowa Congressional Race

Democrat Rita Hart has abandoned her effort to unseat Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks. Hart lost November's election in Iowa's Second District by just 6 votes. Miller-Meeks was seated in January with the new Congress. However, Hart appealed to the House Administration Committee, asking that she be declared the winner based on 22 ballots that were not counted by election officials. 

 

March 30 Election Overview and Live Results

On March 30, there is a legislative general special election in Massachusetts, along with two GOP primary special elections in Alabama. Polls in all locations close at 8:00 PM ET. Live results will appear on this page after that time.

Massachusetts House District 19th Suffolk Special Election

There are 160 State House districts in Massachusetts. Currently, the chamber has 128 Democrats, 30 Republicans and 1 independent. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2022.

The 19th Suffolk District special election will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Robert DeLeo in December, 2020. This will be the first contested election in the district since 2014; DeLeo ran unopposed in 2016, 2018 and 2020.

Alabama State Senate District 14 GOP Special Primary Election

There are 35 State Senate districts in Alabama. Currently, the chamber has 26 Republicans and 8 Democrats. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2022.

The District 14 special general election on July 13 will fill a vacancy created when Republican Cam Ward was appointed Director of the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles effective December 7, 2020.  In 2018, Ward was reelected with about 73% of the vote.

Virginia Teague Applebaum was the only Democrat to qualify. As a result, she is the nominee. In the GOP primary, if no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a top-two runoff will take place April 27. 

Alabama State House District 73 Special GOP Primary Election

There are 105 State House districts in Alabama. Currently, the chamber has 76 Republicans and 27 Democrats. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2022.

The District 73 special general election on July 13 will fill one of two vacancies. In this case, the seat became open after Republican Matt Fridy was elected to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals in November, 2020. Fridy resigned from the Senate effective December 30. In 2018, Fridy was reelected with about 69% of the vote.

Sheridan Black was the only Democrat to qualify. As a result, Black is the nominee. In the GOP primary, if no candidate receives a majority of the vote, a top-two runoff will take place April 27. 

Upcoming April 6:

  • Mayoral general elections in Anchorage, AK and St. Louis, MO
  • Mayoral primary election in Omaha, NE
  • State Senate special general elections in OK-22 and WI-13
  • State House (or equivalent) special general elections in MO-45 and WI-89
  • State Assembly special primary election in CA-79

Live Results: Virginia Senate District 38 Special Election

Note: This cycle - starting from today - 270toWin will carry live election night results for state legislative and select mayoral elections. For 2021, this includes:

  • New Jersey State Senate and State House
  • Virginia State Senate
  • About three dozen mayoral elections, including New York City
  • State legislative special elections

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Virginia Senate District 38 Special Election

There are 40 State Senate districts in Virginia. Currently, the chamber has 21 Democrats and 18 Republicans. The next regularly scheduled election is in 2023.

The District 38 special election will fill a vacancy created by the death of Republican Ben Chafin in January.  The GOP is very likely to hold the seat. According to CNalysis, a site that projects state legislative races, this "is the second most Republican-leaning district in the state."

Read the CNalysis overview here >>

Polls close at 7:00 PM. Live results will appear below after that time.

 

Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks to Run for Senate in 2022

Republican Mo Brooks of Alabama said Monday that he would vie for the state's open U.S. Senate seat in 2022.  Incumbent Richard Shelby (R) is retiring after six terms.

This is the second Senate run for Brooks. He finished third in the GOP primary for the 2017 special election, earning 20% of the vote. Due to the timing of that election, Brooks was able to defend his House seat in 2018.

Brooks, a strong supporter of Donald Trump, will be leaving the House after six terms. He represents the very conservative 5th district, which runs across the northern border of the state, including Huntsville. Brooks had no Democratic challenger in 2020; Donald Trump won the district by 27% over Joe Biden.  

He is the sixth member to retire this cycle; four of those announcements have come since Sunday.