***Election Night Livewire*** Florida, New York, Oklahoma Lock In Party Nominees In Critical Race

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Voters in Florida, New York and Oklahoma vote Tuesday in major primary, runoff and special elections in each state, which can say a lot about where the country is headed in midterm elections less than three months from now. Is.

In Florida, Democrats will choose a gubernatorial candidate between Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL) and State Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried (D) to go head-to-head against Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in November. Representative Val Demings (D-FL) tried to make his bid for the Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate official, and in November formally aimed to turn his attention to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL).

Down-tickets in Florida, several interesting congressional primaries from the GOP in Florida’s Seventh and Thirteenth Districts, Democrats in Florida’s Tenth District are also likely to be interesting.

In New York, a special election for the 19th Congressional District between Republican Mark Molinaro and Democrat Pat Ryan could say something about the upcoming midterms. Molinaro’s victory in the special elections would be another turning point from Democrat control to GOP control, as the seat was vacated by former Representative Antonio Delgado (D-NY) when Delgado took over as lieutenant governor of Gov. Molinaro’s victory would reduce House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s majority to just three seats, and make it very difficult for Democrats to pass any agenda items before the end of the year.

GOP voters in the Buffalo suburbs will choose a nominee for the new 23rd Congressional District, a bad primary that pitted businessman Carl Paladino against New York GOP President Nick Langworthy. Republicans will also have several other interesting primaries across the state.

But the main event could be on the Democrat side in New York City, where two longtime Democrats—who are also both top lieutenants to Pelosi as committee chair—will face off on the island of Manhattan to see who survives. Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Caroline Maloney (D-NY) have plunged it into a Democrat-on-Democrat intra-party war over the past several months, and the winner will be crowned Tuesday. Several other Democrats, due to redistribution and losing New York’s population—and a congressional district—also face interesting primary battles, including Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), chairman of the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC). Former President Donald Trump has sparred with Democrat voters by ridiculing many of them in attempts to really hurt him. Whether this has had any effect remains to be seen.

Down in Oklahoma, GOP voters will choose a nominee in the primary runoff for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by long-retired Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK). Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), with the backing of former President Trump, has gone to the fore in the race, but a Late-Breaking poll suggests challenger T.W. Shannon may be stronger than she looks— So Mullin wants to make it official and keep Trump’s US Senate primary approval record perfect this cycle.

Voting closes at 7 p.m. ET in most Florida, and in the Panhandle in parts of Florida’s Central Time Zone, as well as Oklahoma, at 8 p.m. ET. Voting closes in New York at 9 p.m. ET. Follow here for live updates as soon as the results are out.

Update 7:19PM ET:

Now with 83 percent in Florida’s 13th district GOP primary, Luna has expanded her lead over Heslet and is now up by more than two thousand votes.

Update 7:13PM ET:

Christ won the Democrat nomination for governor and will face the GOP’s DeSantis in November:

Update 7:12PM ET:

With 74 percent reporting in the 13th district GOP primary, it’s a barn between Trump-backed Anna Paulina Luna and rival Kevin Heslett. Luna is leading by just under 200 votes. This one is very close.

In the seventh district with 27 per cent reporting, it is a very different picture. Corey Mills is leading with 49.4 per cent and Anthony Sabatini with 21.2 per cent. There’s still time for Sabatini, but there’s a lot of ground to fill.

Update at 7:09am ET:

Now, with 20 per cent, Crist is at 64.1 per cent and Fried is at 31.4 per cent.

Update 7:08PM ET:

We are up to 12 per cent and Crist has expanded his lead. He is up 63.8 percent and Fried is down 31.5 percent. He appears to be the most preferred player to face against DeSantis in November.

Update 7:05PM ET:

How refreshing: Just minutes after polling closes, Florida has the first results. Florida is probably the most efficient large state when it comes to election results—the state cleaned up its act after the 2000 election battles and continues to improve electoral integrity—and now we’re already getting a quick picture. Who’s winning the major race?

With Democrats already reporting 8 percent in the gubernatorial primary, Charlie Crist has a massive lead over Nikki Fried. He is at 59.2 per cent and he is at 35 per cent.

Update 7:04PM ET:

The turnout is apparently very high for Republicans in the Sunshine State:

Assuming this trend goes into November it could be very bad for Democrats and very good for Republicans.

It’s also worth noting that there are several school board races around Florida on Tuesday, and they are a major proxy war between Democrats and Republicans. The authority has had the opportunity to overturn several school boards across the state, and the government has been aggressive in supporting and promoting DeSantis school board candidates.

Update at 7:00 p.m. ET:

Voting has closed in much of Florida — except for the Panhandle — for now, and results are expected to be imminent.

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