Five states are holding primaries for congressional and state-level office June 9—Georgia, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Ballotpedia has identified nine of those primaries as battlegrounds. The nine battleground primaries include one for U.S. Senate, two for governor of West Virginia, and six for U.S. House. Six are Republican primaries and three are Democratic.
While Nevada, North Dakota, and South Carolina had always scheduled to hold their primaries on this date, Georgia and West Virginia’s primaries were originally scheduled to take place in May but were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. West Virginia’s primary was initially scheduled to take place May 12 while Georgia’s was set for May 19.
Among the races we’ll be covering is the Republican primary for South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Four Republicans are running for the nomination to challenge incumbent Joe Cunningham (D), whose victory in 2018 made him the first Democrat to win election from the district since 1978. Local media have identified Kathy Landing, who is backed by the House Freedom Fund and former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), and Nancy Mace, who has been endorsed by Club for Growth, the National Rifle Association, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), as leading candidates. Should no candidate win more than 50% of the vote, the top two finishers will advance to a runoff on June 23.