It has been a rather busy year for an “off” cycle, hasn’t it? After contested special elections in Kansas, Montana, and Georgia, a sprinkling of state legislative special elections and mayoral primaries, we near the end of summer with more federal elections.
Tuesday August 15th 2017
Alabama U.S. Senate Special Election- Primary
Incumbent Republican Senator Luther Strange, appointed by former Governor Robert Bentley, is facing stiff competition to keep his seat. After Governor Kay Ivey reversed Bentley’s decision on the matter and set a special election for December of this year, Republicans and Democrats piled into the contest. The Senator currently trails former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore by single digits in an average of the latest polls. That’s good enough to make a runoff in September- if Congressman Mo Brooks doesn’t surge to second place. With so many candidates on the ballot and no clear runaway winner, the Republican primary won’t be decided in one round. The Democratic side appears to be resolving in time to avoid such a runoff, if polling is accurate: political newcomer Robert Kennedy, Jr. earns 49% in the latest survey, with former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones a distant second. Polls close at 8pm EDT, and we will be covering both primaries live through our live blog and on BuzzFeed News’ periscope.
Utah 3rd Congressional District Special Election- Primary
With Jason Chaffetz’ early retirement and resignation, one of the reddest seats in the nation is up for grabs. Utah Democrats already selected their candidate, Dr. Kathy Allen, via convention. United Utah Party leader Jim Bennett successfully sued to get his name on the general election ballot. A pile of Libertarian, Independent American, and write-in candidates made the cut for November as well. The only remaining fight is the Republican primary. Christopher Herrod won the party convention and earned a spot, while Provo Mayor John Curtis and newcomer Tanner Ainge each gathered enough signatures to qualify for it. Curtis boasts a polling and fundraising lead, while Herrod and Ainge have racked up conservative endorsements. Polls close at 10pm EDT and we will have live results shortly thereafter.
Tuesday September 26 2017
Florida State Senate District 40 Special Election
In what is already an expensive legislative race, Democrat Annette Taddeo is challenging Republican Jose Felix Diaz, attempting to flip back a seat her party lost in 2016. President Donald Trump performed poorly in the district, but Senator Marco Rubio won it by four and Republican Frank Artilles defeated incumbent State Senator Dwight Bullard by ten. Polls close at 7pm EDT and we will have the results rolling, right here.
Alabama U.S. Senate Special Election- Runoff
Depending on the outcome next week, we will be covering party runoff(s) in Alabama. Polls close at 8pm EDT with results shortly thereafter.
If there are other contests you’d like the Desk to keep an eye on as we race towards the end of 2017, feel free to email us at email@example.com.