Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Kentucky, Idaho, and Oregon Primaries – Opinion

It’s Tuesday! Which makes it another Primary Day — this time in FiveStates: Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Kentucky. Idaho. Oregon. Who (or what) are you putting on the line?


Without question, the most hotly contested race for the GOP is Pennsylvania’s Senate race to replace the outgoing Pat Toomey, but there was some recent drama on the Democrat side, as Lt. Gov. John Fetterman announced over the weekend that he’d suffered a mild stroke. Fetterman faces off against Conor Lamb (U.S. Rep.). For the Dems, Alexandria Khalil is also in the mix. The Dems also have 17 House seats available (though they are not all contested). (Click the “Change Race” option at the upper right of each map to toggle between the races.)

For the Republicans, the knives have come out and it’s a brawl to the finish between Dr. Mehmet Oz, endorsed by President Trump, and Kathy Barnette. David McCormick has a solid third place in the polls, just behind Barnette. Also in the field are Jeff Bartos and George Bochetto as well Sean Gale and Carla Sands.

Pennsylvanians are also going to vote for their next governor, since Democrat Tom Wolf has been term-limited. Will it be their current Attorney General, Democrat Josh Shapiro, who’s running unopposed? Will it be one or more Republicans? It’s a crowded field for the GOP: Lou Barletta, Jacob Doyle Corman III, Joseph Charles Gale, Charles R. Gerow, Melissa Hart, Doug Mastriano, William M. McSwain, David White, or Nche Zama?

North Carolina

North Carolinians will be voting for Senate — the seat being vacated by Republican Richard Burr. While there are many options for candidates from both the Democratic or Republican side, Ted Budd, the Trump-endorsed U.S. Rep. appears to hold a strong lead in the Republican polls. Another 14 House seats are up for grabs. Following a string of negative stories and allegations about Madison Cawthorn as a freshman representative, he is trying to retain his seat at the 11th Congressional District.


Rand Paul (a Republican) is running for his Senate seat in the Bluegrass State. It’s a likely safe bet. Kentucky’s six Congressional Districts are contested, with only three being for Democrats, and five going for Republicans. Thomas Massie wants to keep his seat in 4th Congressional District.


One of Idaho’s two Senate seats is at issue in today’s primary — the seat currently held by Republican Mike Crapo (also a likely safe bet). There are two Idaho House seats, as well, and both look to be safe for their Republican incumbents, Russ Fulcher (unopposed) and Michael Simpson (who’s held his seat in the 2nd Congressional District since 1999. Idaho’s Governor’s seat is also on the line — there’s only one Democrat in the running, so not a lot of suspense there. Stephen Heidt will face off against the winner of the GOP primary in November — likely, incumbent Governor Brad Little, though Trump has backed Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who’s challenging Little from the right and has clashed with him over COVID policies, so this one will be interesting to watch.


Oregon too has one Senate spot and six House seats. Ron Wyden is a Democrat and will most likely win on the Senate side. As incumbent Kurt Schrader, supported by President Biden (backed in part by Senator Elizabeth Warren), faces a formidable challenge by progressive Jamie McLeod Skinner (backed partly by Senator Elizabeth Warren), the 5th District Congressional race will be one worth watching. Current Governor Kate Brown isn’t running (term limits). The Democratic side has 15 and the Republican side, respectively.

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