2022 primary elections: Florida, New York and Oklahoma state primaries kick off
Democratic showdowns and progressive challenges headline primaries in Florida and New York
A number of high-profile showdowns between Democrats are taking place Tuesday as voters head to the polls for primary elections in Florida and New York.
In Florida, Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried takes on current Congressman Charlie Crist in the Democratic gubernatorial primary to determine who will face Republican incumbent Governor Ron DeSantis in the November general election.
Most polls indicate that Crist, a Republican-turned-Democrat who once served as governor of Florida while still a GOP member, is leading Fried in a heated race that has seen sharp attacks from both sides.
In New York, longtime Democratic members of Congress Jerry Nadler and Carolyn Maloney are forced to run for a single seat in New York’s newly drawn 12th congressional district after their respective New York districts were combined in the process. of state redistribution after the 2020 census.
Both have served in Congress since the early 1990s and face the challenge of a third Democratic lawyer, Suraj Patel, 38, who calls for a “generational shift” and a new approach to representing the district rather than the “status quo.”
Polls show Nadler leading the race, with Maloney in second and Patel in third, although each consistently receives support from a significant portion of respondents.
Also in New York, incumbent Democratic Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney faces a challenge from the left in the state from Senator Alessandra Biaggi in the state’s 17th congressional district.
Biaggi, a supporter of the ‘Defund the Police’ movement, was endorsed by ‘Squad’ Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and the former far-left Democratic nominee for 2018 governor, Cynthia Nixon.
Recent polls have indicated that Maloney, who currently represents the 18th congressional district and is considered a moderate Democrat, leads Biaggi by double digits; however, the latter appears to be hoping for a similar upset to Ocasio-Cortez against Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley in 2018.
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