Conservatives score local election victories on bad night for Democrats

Both Republican and Conservative candidates made notable gains in local elections held Tuesday in what is shaping up to be a bad night for Democrats in states like California and Wisconsin.

Months away from the crucial 2022 midterm elections, Tuesday’s votes could be an indication of the mood of the electorate as Republicans hope to win back the House of Representatives and the Senate and potentially thwart the president’s agenda. Joe Biden.

Republican Connie Conway was leading the bipartisan primary in California’s 22nd District early Wednesday morning. She is running to replace former Republican Representative Devin Nunes.

Conway had won 34.8% of the vote with about 63% of the votes counted as of 2 a.m. EDT Wednesday. His closest opponent, Democrat Lourin Hubbard, won 19.7% of the vote.

If no candidate wins more than 50% when all ballots are counted, the top two voters will face off in a runoff on June 7. However, the eventual winner will only serve until January 2023, as the district was eliminated during redistricting.

Republican candidates also had strong performances elsewhere on Tuesday night.

Samantha Kerkman defeated Rebecca Matoska-Mentink, a Democrat, in the leadership race for Kenosha County, Wisconsin.

Kerkman becomes the first woman to serve as county executive. In 2016, former President Donald Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to win Kenosha County since Richard Nixon.

There was another win for conservative women in Wisconsin on Tuesday when Waukesha County Judge Maria Lazar defeated incumbent Judge Lori Kornblum for a seat on the District II Court of Appeals.

Kornblum had been named to the court by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers last year, while Lazar had the backing of conservative groups in her bid to unseat Kornblum. Lazar maintained a roughly 10% lead with about 90% of the ballots counted.

Republican candidate Mitch Kaye led Democrat Dustin McCormick in the so-called “jungle” election for a Georgia House seat representing the 45th district. Kaye won 42% to McCormick’s 39.8% with all reports from the ring and the two men will face off in a second round on May 3.

The Conservatives also seem to have had success at the school board level. In the Waukesha School Board election, three challengers – Karrie Kozlowski, Marquell Moorer and Mark Borowski – prevailed.

Although this school board is a nonpartisan contest, the three winning candidates were endorsed by the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

In the school board race in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, the self-proclaimed “moms on a mission” all won the election. Nina Christensen, Shelley Holzman and Chris Stueland have passed a contest where they expressed concern about books provided to children.

Stueland had said on Facebook that she had no interest in banning the books, but said “what we care about is protecting students from sexually explicit content without the knowledge of parents.”

Christensen was among a number of parents who staged a protest against masks, while Stueland also expressed concern about mask mandates.

Two conservatives triumphed in Elmbrook School Board elections in Brookfield, Wisconsin, according to Fox 6 News political reporter Jason Calvi, while in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, mothers Heather Eslick and Jennifer Foley won their school board errands.

Eslick criticized equality and diversity programs and opposed “identity-based” initiatives in their focus. Foley also criticized diversity programs.

Newsweek asked the Democratic and Republican National Committees for comment.

Voters cast their ballots at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, in a file photo taken October 16, 2020. Conservatives made gains in local elections held on Tuesday.
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