August 2 Primary: Key House Races
The new maps of Arizona, Michigan and Washington were drawn by redistricting commissions. The Republicans had control of the route of the lines in Kansas and Missouri.
Here’s a look at the major House primaries we watch on Tuesday:
Republicans are considering pickup opportunities in several districts that have become more party-friendly under the new map.
In the new 2nd District, which Trump would have carried by 8 points in 2020, several Republicans are challenging Democratic Representative Tom O’Halleran. They include Navy veteran Eli Crane, who has Trump’s endorsement; State Representative Walt Blackman, an Army veteran and the first black Republican elected to the Arizona legislature; and business consultant Mark DeLuzio.
Republicans are also targeting Democratic Rep. Greg Stanton in the Phoenix area 4th District, which Biden would have carried by 10 points. Leading GOP contenders include Tanya Contreras Wheeless, a former Phoenix Suns leader who has leadership PAC support from House GOP conference chairwoman Elise Stefanik and Navy veteran Kelly Cooper.
Michigan’s new Citizens’ Redistricting Commission produced a congressional map that was considered more representative of the purple state.
Republicans, meanwhile, have their sights set on three seats in Michigan.
In the new 10th District, a suburban Detroit seat that would have backed Trump by one point in 2020, Army veteran John James, who lost tighter-than-expected races for the U.S. Senate in 2018 and 2020, is the frontrunner to the GOP nomination. James is part of the NRCC’s Young Guns program and has Trump’s endorsement. Among the Democrats seeking the seat are former district attorney and local judge Carl Marlinga, lawyer and Palestinian rights activist Huwaida Arraf and Warren City Council member Angela Rogensues.
The GOP is also targeting Democratic representatives. Elissa Slotkin in the new Lansing-grounded 7th district and Dan Kildee in the new 8th District, which includes Flint. State Senator Tom Barrett is the only Republican looking to challenge Slotkin, while three Republicans are competing to take on Kildee. Biden would have narrowly won both seats.
Meanwhile, two Detroit-area dark blue seats have competitive Democratic primaries. In the new 12th District, Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a member of the House Progressive ‘squad’, faces Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, Lathrup Village Mayor Kelly Garrett and former Rep. of the state, Shanelle Jackson. Outdoors 13th District, leading Democrats include State Senator Adam Hollier, an Army veteran; Michigan Civil Rights Commission Chairperson Portia Roberson, who has the endorsement of outgoing Detroit Area Representative Brenda Lawrence; and self-funded state representative Shri Thanedar, who ran for governor in 2018.
With no swing seats in Missouri, the GOP’s 6-2 advantage in the state’s U.S. House delegation is likely to hold in November. But there are several competitive primaries.
In central Washington’s 4th District, Trump has endorsed Army veteran Loren Culp to take on Newhouse, who is seeking a fifth term. Culp was the GOP candidate for governor of Washington in 2020 and although he lost by more than 500,000 votes, he refused to concede, repeating campaign lies similar to those of the former president. Newhouse holds a significant fundraising advantage over his opponents, who also include Navy veteran and former NASCAR driver Jerrod Sessler, a Republican, and businessman Doug White, a Democrat.
And two-term Rep. Kim Schrier is again a GOP target in the 8th District, east of Seattle, which Biden would have carried by 7 points. His Republican challengers include Army veteran Jesse Jensen, who lost to Schrier by less than 4 points in 2020; Matt Larkin, who unsuccessfully ran for state attorney general in 2020; and King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, whose mother, the late Rep. Jennifer Dunn, represented an earlier version of the district.
CNN’s Renée Rigdon contributed to this report.