News Politics: Important elections in Florida, New York, and Oklahoma are being contested on the last primary day of August. Redistricting altered the congressional maps for Florida and New York, increasing the number of noteworthy races on Tuesday. However, the most important contest in Florida will take place at the top of the ballot, where Democrats will choose a candidate to try to unseat Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who may run for president in 2024. (Rep. Val Demings will also work to clinch the party’s nomination so she may challenge Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.) Voters in New York are again able to cast ballots in congressional elections, months after the state’s highest court annulled the legislature’s redistricting plan because it favoured Democrats unjustly. Battles within parties occurred on the newly designed map, particularly in the solid blue areas.
Many state Democratic lawmakers, including some of the party’s more progressive members, have expressed support for Crist. He also has endorsements from the Sierra Club and several labor unions, including the statewide teachers union. Fried has received endorsements from a handful of Democratic state representatives and the Florida College Democrats. Crist has also raised more money than Fried. Most polls have shown Crist leading Fried — and DeSantis leading both in hypothetical matchups.
Rep. Charlie Crist is running against state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, the only statewide elected Democrat. Crist lost his last gubernatorial bid in 2014. But he was elected to serve as governor in 2006 as a Republican.
Now, Maloney is making a pitch based on her work on women’s rights — arguing that she is the best candidate to fight for reproductive health care in a post-Roe world. Nadler highlights his votes opposing the Iraq War and the Patriot Act, as well as his leading role in the Trump impeachment hearings.