Breaking Election News 2014: GOP Senate Primaries, Gubernatorial Races in Four States Today
Voters in five northeastern states will vote on Tuesday in primary elections in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island.
Voters in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island will decide who will be on the gubernatorial ticket for the November elections, and there are races for House and Senate seats in the five states.
Governors in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are not seeking re-election.
The top contenders according to polls in Massachusetts are state Attorney General Martha Coakley and state Treasurer Steven Grossman, both Democrats, and a Republican businessman, Charlie Baker.
Coakley has just petitioned the Supreme Court to make a decision about the constitutionality of same sex marriage one way or the other.
Rhode Island has a crowded race with five gubernatorial candidates, including Democrats state Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, the city's first Latino mayor, as well as Republicans Cranston Mayor Allan Fung and software executive Ken Block.
New Hampshire voters will face two Republican primaries, including picking from a field including former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown to run against incumbent Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen, and between businessman Walt Havenstein and Tea Party activist Andrew Hemingway to take on Governor Maggie Hassan.
Delaware voters also face a Republican Senate primary, with businessmen Carl Smink and Kevin Wade looking to take on Democratic Senator Chris Coons in November.
In New York, sitting Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo faces a long-shot primary challenge in left-leaning political neophyte Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham University law professor and former Occupy Wall Street activist. The New York Times is not supporting Cuomo after running a damaging story about his interference with the ethic's commission -- the Moreland Commission which he established and then dismantled rapidly after it appeared they were asking questions about some of his political contributors.
Cuomo has done his best to ignore his primary rival. His aids blocked her approaching him at a Labor Day rally. "Experience matters," he said in a campaign appearance on Monday.
Also running in the NY gubernatorial race is comedian Randy Credico, who supports raising minimum the wage to $15, legalizing marijuana, racial justice, taxing Wall Street, free SUNY and CUNY tuition and reducing MTA subway and bus fares.
There is one primary election left -- Louisiana on Nov. 4th
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