Tuesday's HOT MIC
Pro-marijuana challenger loses in Nebraska.
Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts easily defeated his Republican challenger medical marijuana activist Krystal Gabel. Ricketts is the favorite to win in November. The governor will face state Sen. Bob Krist of Omaha, who defeated fellow Democrats Tyler Davis and Vanessa Ward in the statewide primary.
More from the Associated Press (AP):
Despite his party’s statewide advantage, he said he’ll continue to campaign aggressively.
“We’ve been growing Nebraska, and we’ve got a great record to run on,” he said.
Krist started positioning himself for the general election even before the primary voting ended. On Wednesday, the retired Air Force pilot will kick off a statewide flying tour across the state with his running mate, state Sen. Lynne Walz, who joined the ticket last month.
Krist pledged Tuesday night to invest more in the state’s K-12 public schools, change the tax system to benefit working people, fix lingering problems in the state prison system and work collaboratively with Nebraska lawmakers.
“It’s time for new leadership, a new sheriff in town, and I’m that guy,” he said in an interview.
Ricketts spent the last few months touting his conservative credentials on the national stage. He made recent appearances at the National Rifle Association’s annual convention in Texas, where he stressed his support for gun rights, and at President Donald Trump’s White House, where he and other Midwestern officials emphasized the importance of agricultural trade in farm states.
Calling it a night.
The results from the GOP Idaho governor primary have not yet come in: Little still leads Labrador by about 9,000 votes. The victories of the four Democratic Socialists of America candidates are concerning, but perhaps not unexpected. Tonight seemed to suggest that the more leftist wing of the Democratic Party is on the upswing.
Native American wins Democratic primary in Idaho.
Paulette Jordan, who received the endorsement of Planned Parenthood and Democracy for America, has won the Democratic primary to run for Idaho's governorship. She will almost certainly lose (R+34, remember), but her nomination is still remarkable.
Coming down to the wire in Nebraska...
Nonprofit leader and dyed-in-the-wool #Resistance champion Kara Eastman seems likely to defeat former Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.), who lost by one point in 2016 to Rep. Don Bacon (R-Neb.).
If Eastman loses, that might signal that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gives the kiss of death. She and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) backed Ashford.
The race may be too close to call tonight, however.
Idaho: Paulette Jordan and Brad Little ahead.
Results are still coming in, but with about 22 percent of the polls reporting, Planned Parenthood- and Democracy for America-backed state Rep. Paulette Jordan, who would be the first female Native American governor in U.S. history, is in the lead on the Democratic side.
On the Republican side, Lt. Gov. Brad Little is beating businessman Tommy Ahlquist and Rep. Raul Labrador. Labrador is the doctrinaire conservative, so this is bad news, but reports are still coming in.
In any case, even if Jordan wins the primary, she's unlikely to win in November. Idaho is an R+34 state, after all.