There are a number of special elections to various state legislatures occurring on Tuesday. I think I've covered all of them below, though not all are particularly interested. The big one appears to be the Washington SD-26 election, as Democrats can't afford to lose a seat when they are currently at a 25-24 disadvantage thanks to two turncoat Democrats supporting the Republicans' 23-seat minority. Rather than publishing a separate victory list, I'll just be editing the diary after Tuesday to reflect the results of the elections. The list is below.
Georgia SD-14 - This is an open Republican seat; the previous officeholder resigned to run for Congress full-time. There is one Democrat running, Christopher Nesmith, along with four Republicans: Nicole Ebbeskotte, Matt Laughridge, Dwight Pullen, and Bruce Thompson. A fifth Republican, Dean Sheridan, withdrew from the race but is apparently still on the ballot. This is a heavily Republican district in parts of Bartow, Cherokee, and Cobb Counties, so it's likely that it will end up in a runoff between two Republicans. Result: Runoff - Thompson 33, Laughridge 26, Pullen 21, Nesmith 12, Ebbeskotte 8
Georgia HD-100, 104, 127 - Not much to say here. Democrat Dewey McClain is the only candidate who qualified for HD-100, four Republicans qualified for HD-104, and three Democrats qualified for HD-127.
Massachusetts Senate, 2nd Hampden and Hampshire - Surprisingly enough, this was a Republican-held seat. It's located west of Springfield. The candidates are Democrat David Bartley, a member of the Holyoke City Council, and Republican Donald Humason, a State Representative. This seat was won by Barack Obama (59-39) and Elizabeth Warren (52-48) in 2012, but in the special Senate election it was carried by Gabriel Gomez (54-46). Result: R Hold - Humason 51, Bartley 49
Michigan HD-49 - This is an open Democratic seat in Genesee County. The candidates are Democrat Phil Phelps, who worked as a regional director in Jennifer Granholm's administration, Republican Don Pfeiffer, who ran for Mayor of Flint in 2011 and won a whopping 1% of the vote in the primary, and Libertarian Pat Clawson, who ran for the State Senate in 2010 and received 3% of the vote. Result: D Hold - Phelps 63, Pfeiffer 32, Clawson 4
Mississippi HD-05, 55, 110 - These are all open Democratic seats, but due to Mississippi's special election laws, the elections are nonpartisan. Seven candidates are running in the 5th and five are running in the 55th and 110th.
New Hampshire House, Hillsborough-35 - This is an open Democratic seat in Ward 8 of Nashua. The candidates are Democrat Latha Mangipudi, a former Nashua Board of Education member, and Republican Peter Silva, who is a former Majority Leader in the House. The district went 56-42 Obama and 58-39 Hassan in 2012. Result: D Hold - Mangipudi 59, Silva 41
New York AD-02 - I missed this one (there's no info on it online that I can find); RBH has the scoop:
"The Republican is Anthony Palumbo, an attorney from New Suffolk
The Democrat is John McManmon, an attorney from Aquebogue.
The district is the successor of the 1st district from 1993 to 2013, which was held by Patricia Acampora (R, November 1993 to September 2005), Marc Alessi (D, September 2005 to 2011) and Daniel Losquadro (R, 2011 to 2013)." Result: R Hold - Palumbo 58, McManmom 42
New York AD-86 - This is an open Democratic seat in the Bronx. The candidates are Democrat Victor Pichardo, a former Schumer staffer, Republican Rene Santos, who ran for this seat in 2010 and received 3% of the vote, and Conservative Jose Marte Sr. Since it's the Bronx, Pichardo is assured the win. And since it's the Bronx, he'll probably go to jail in a few years Result: D Hold - Pichard 96, Santos 3, Marte 1
Texas HD-50 - This is an open Democratic seat in Austin. There are four candidates running in the open primary: Democrats Celia Israel, a realtor, Rico Reyes, an attorney, and Jade Chang Sheppard, owner of a construction company, and Republican Mike VanDeWalle, a chiropractor. Result: Runoff - VanDeWalle 39, Israel 32, Sheppard 16, Reyes 13
Washington SD-07, 08 - These are two runoffs between two Republicans for two Republican seats.
Washington SD-26 - This is the seat formerly held by freshman Rep. Derek Kilmer. The candidates are Nathan Schlicher, the Democrat who was appointed to replace Kilmer, and Jan Angel, a Republican State Representative. This seat is in danger of a Republican pickup, as Angel came in ahead of Schilcher in the primary by 9%. A ton of money has been dropped in this race by outside groups. Result pending - currently 51 Angel, 49 Schlicher