2024 primaries in Georgia, Oregon, Idaho and Kentucky: Willis, McAfee win; Tough night for progressives

With all the important races forecast for tonight, it's time for us to go to bed. Here's a summary of today's winners:

— Although former Democratic Rep. John Barrow tried to ride the wave of voter activation on abortion, he failed to unseat Republican appointee Judge Andrew Pinson in the only contested abortion race Supreme Court of Georgia Today.

– The challenges of two important figures in Trump's election interference case in Georgia also came to nothing. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis easily won her Democratic primary, and Judge Scott McAfee won his judicial election against a self-proclaimed “conservative Democrat.”

– The Republican primary in Georgia's 3rd District There will be a runoff election on June 18 between long-time Trump employee Brian Jack and former state Senate Majority Leader Mike Dugan.

– In Georgia's 13th DistrictIncumbent Rep. David Scott beat his six challengers to win his Democratic primary. He will seek re-election in November. Scott's challengers tried to focus on his age and health, echoing criticism leveled by Democrats and President Joe Biden in November, but incumbency proved too much of an advantage.

– Out West, the DCCC has brought in its candidate Oregon's 5th Districtwhen Rep. Janelle Bynum easily dispatched attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who lost to Republican Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer in that seat in 2022. Bynum will face Chavez-DeRemer this November.

– In Oregon's 3rd DistrictState Rep. Maxine Dexter benefited from an outpouring of outside spending to defeat former Multnomah County Commissioner Susheela Jayapal in the Democratic primary, all but ensuring that Dexter will be the next representative of this dark blue seat .

— Republican Mike Erickson will have a third chance to win a House seat as he cruised to victory in the GOP primary Oregon's 6th District. At times, Erickson seems more focused on winning a defamation case against Rep. Andrea Salinas over an ad she aired against him last cycle than on beating her in an election.

– In Idaho's 2nd District, Incumbent Republican Mike Simpson is poised to win his primary and likely re-election this fall. With more than 60 percent of the votes counted, he is 57 percent to 34 percent ahead of his closest challenger, investment advisor Scott Cleveland. (Scott Cleveland is a great quarterback name now that this politics thing doesn't seem to be working out.)

– In the special election in California's 20th District (Old seat of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy), Representative Vince Fong defeated fellow Republican Mike Boudreaux, Sheriff of Tulare County. As a result, Speaker Mike Johnson will soon have an additional vote in the House of Representatives.

– Monica Potts, Nathaniel Rakich, Kaleigh Rogers and Geoffrey Skelley, 538; Jacob Rubashkin, Inside Elections

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