President Joe Biden is likely to get another ally in Congress, after a former aide in his administration won the primary in the special election in Rhode Island’s 1st District. And while the special primary election in Utah’s 2nd District remains too close to call, the GOP nominee is more likely to be a friend than a foe of Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
Gabe Amo won Tuesday’s primary to replace Democratic Rep. David Cicilline, who resigned at the end of May to take a job leading the Rhode Island Foundation. Amo is heavily favored to defeat Republican nominee Gerry Leonard, a Marine veteran, in a district with a Cook PVI of D+12.
In Utah, meanwhile, the race to replace Rep. Chris Stewart remains too close to call, but both candidates still in the running are more likely to support the Republican leadership than to be a thorn in Speaker McCarthy’s side. Only three Republican candidates qualified for the ballot, and none of them expressed interest in joining the Freedom Caucus. With a handful of counties and mail-in ballots still on the
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