Tuesday turned out to be another notable evening in the primary packed month of May, with contests in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky and Texas. It was another good night for Democratic females, but, unlike last week’s primaries, wasn’t a stellar showing for progressives.
First Read lays out the five major takeaways from last night:
1. It was another big night for Democratic female candidates
Stacey Abrams easily won the “battle of the Staceys,” defeating Stacey Evans in the Georgia Democratic gubernatorial primary. But she wasn’t the only Democratic woman to emerge victorious Tuesday. Female House candidates beat their male opponents in Kentucky, Texas and Georgia. Lupe Valdez won the gubernatorial nomination in Texas. Just two female Democrats lost notable races to men, both in Texas.
2. Democrats look stronger in Georgia than they did in 2014. But will that be strong enough for the fall?
Approximately 50,000 more Republicans participated in last night’s GOP gubernatorial primary than in the Democratic primary (608,000 to 553,000). By comparison, nearly 300,000 more Republicans voted in the competitive 2014 Senate primaries (605,000 to 329,000).
3. Houston-area Democrats picked the establishment choice over the progressive
The DCCC’s preferred candidate, Lizzie Fletcher easily beat insurgent Laura Moser, 67 percent to 33 percent, suggesting that last week’s progressive upset in Nebraska was the exception rather than the rule.
4. The pro-Bernie Sanders group Our Revolution continues to lose more races
Two of Our Revolution’s picks in Texas ultimately fell short. The group did back Abrams in GA, but so did almost every other national Democratic group.
5. Democrats are running candidates with fascinating biographies
A number of Dems are making firsts. Abrams will have the chance to be the first black woman governor in the U.S. Valdez is the first Latina and the first openly gay person nominated for Texas governor by a major party. Democrats have also chosen a retired female a fighter pilot in Kentucky and intelligence officer in Texas.