ICYMI: Top stories of the week


We’ve got June 14 election results!

On Tuesday, statewide primaries took place in four states: Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, and South Carolina. Here are some results highlighted in Thursday’s Brew:

  • Adam Laxalt wins GOP nomination for U.S. Senate in Nevada: Former state attorney general Adam Laxalt (R) defeated Sam Brown (R) and six other candidates to win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Nevada. Laxalt was the Republican nominee for governor in 2018, losing the general election to Steve Sisolak (D) 49% to 45%.
  • Nancy Mace wins re-nomination: Incumbent U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace (R) defeated Katie Arrington (R) 53% to 45% in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District. Former President Donald Trump (R) backed Arrington, the 2018 GOP nominee for the seat, after Mace voted to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
  • Tom Rice loses re-nomination: State Rep. Russell Fry (R) defeated incumbent U.S. Rep. Tom Rice (R) 51% to 25% in South Carolina’s 7th Congressional District. Trump endorsed Fry after Rice voted to impeach Trump in 2021. Rice is the sixth member of the U.S. House to lose re-nomination so far this year.

See full results at the link below.

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A look at 2022’s decade-high rate of congressional retirements

Fifty-five members of Congress are not running for re-election this year, including six of the 34 senators whose seats are up and 49 of the 435 representatives. The 55 retiring members include 32 Democrats and 23 Republicans, accounting for 11.9% of the Democratic caucus and 8.8% of the Republican caucus.

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SCOTUS issued opinions this week

The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued opinions on June 13 and June 15 this week. Opinions were issued in five cases on June 13 and in six cases on June 15. June is historically the month when SCOTUS releases the majority of its decisions. Find more on these cases at the link below.

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17% more school board candidates per seat in 2022

This year, an average of 2.3 candidates are running for each seat in the 968 school board races in 16 states for which we have complete data—17% more than in 2020.

The five states with the highest candidate-to-seat ratios are Alabama, Alaska, Nebraska, Nevada, and Tennessee. The five states with the lowest candidate-to-seat ratios are California, Georgia, Maryland, New York, and Texas.

Read more in the latest edition of Hall Pass.

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