Connect with us

2018 Midterms

In the Hot Seat: History and Controversy From the Atlantic East to the Midwest

Wrapping up the historical results of the August 14 primaries.

Duane Paul Murphy

Published

on

Hundreds of thousands of voters across New England and the Midwest participated in their states respective primaries for local, state, and federal offices last night. These races will determine political party nominees to compete in the general election in November. Winners of these primaries have made monumental political history and encountered major controversies.

In Vermont, a predominantly progressive state, Independent Senator Bernie Sanders won overwhelmingly in the Democratic primary for his own reelection,  and former Vermont Electric Cooperative CEO Christine Hallquist won the Democratic primary for governor, becoming the first transgender female nominee for governor of a major political party in the country.

Endorsed by Justice Democrats and the Working Families Party, Hallquist, who ran on a platform advocating for a higher minimum wage and universal health care, will go on to compete against incumbent Republican Governor Phil Scott, and if elected, she will become the  first openly transgender woman governor in the history of the US.

In neighboring Connecticut, 2016 National Teacher of the Year award recipient Jahana Hayes, who was endorsed by California Senator Kamala Harris, won her primary for Connecticut’s 5th Congressional District. If elected in the primarily safe Democratic seat, she will become the state’s first African-American congresswoman.

In the country’s heartland, progressive activists celebrated local union ironworker Randy Bryce’s primary victory in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District, where Republican U.S. Speaker Paul Ryan currently serves — until his retirement from Congress in 2019. Bryce’s opponent, former educator Cathy Myers, criticised his electability and character over previous arrests for illegal cannabis usage and a DUI, as well as child support delinquency.

In nearby Minnesota, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison won the Democratic primary for state attorney general despite recent allegations of physical domestic violence against his former girlfriend and the Democratic National Committee’s current review of these accusations. Ellison’s replacement in the House of Representatives is going to be Minnesota state legislator Ilhan Omar. Most likely elected in a predominantly liberal district containing Minneapolis during the fall, Omar, a former refugee, will become the country’s and the state’s first Somali American congresswoman and one of the first Muslim congresswomen, after Rashida Tlaib in Michigan.

Other key battleground states like Florida and Arizona will hold their primaries in late August.

Jumpstart a career doing something you are passionate about with one of College Media Network’s courses. Read about our current offerings, schedule and unique virtual learning environment here.

Duane Paul Murphy is a D.C. college graduate and freelance journalist born and raised in Southern California. He obtained a bachelor of art’s in politics and a minor in media studies, Duane Paul is interested in covering domestic as well as international political affairs that impact the lives of everyday people, whether they are young students, professionals, or faculty in higher education.

CMN Reports

Equality2 weeks ago

Colorado Bans Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth

The Centennial State moves forward in progress for the queer community.

by , The Catholic American University
Government2 weeks ago

Illinois Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

The Prairie State advances towards cannabis legalization.

by , The Catholic American University
Government3 weeks ago

New Hampshire Becomes the 21st State to Abolish Capital Punishment

The Granite State makes a huge step towards criminal justice reform.

by , The Catholic American University
Equality3 weeks ago

Maine Bans LGBTQIA+ Conversion Therapy for Minors

The Pine Tree State further progresses in queer rights.

by , The Catholic American University
Election 20204 weeks ago

Elijah Manley: The Youngest Person to Ever Run for U.S. President

Meet the youngest person ever to run for U.S. president.

by , The Catholic American University
Government4 weeks ago

Poll: More than 40% of Americans Embrace Socialism

Socialism is gradually on the rise.

by , The Catholic American University
Government1 month ago

Washington Becomes First State to Have a Public Insurance Option

The Evergreen State is going to compete in the healthcare insurance market.

by , The Catholic American University
Free Speech1 month ago

Serious Controversies Ensew Turning Point USA at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Controversies ranging from racism to assault plague UNLV.

by , The Catholic American University

Most Read From CMN Writers