Factbox: Five midterm US races to watch in New York, Florida

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WASHINGTON, Aug 23 (Reuters) – Voters in New York and Florida will pick candidates for U.S. Congress and other offices in primaries and special elections on Tuesday, helping gauge the roles the right to freedom will play. Abortion and Inflation in the November 8 Midterm Elections. .

Here are five key races:

NEW YORK 19TH CONGRESSIVE DISTRICT, SPECIAL ELECTION

Tuesday’s contest to fill a vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives district north of New York will be an early test of whether voters across the country will be swayed in November by Democratic support for the right. to abortion or by the Republican promise to control inflation. .

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The race for the Hudson Valley swing district could be the tightest special election since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June ruling that ended the constitutional right to abortion. Like other Democrats across the country, Pat Ryan’s campaign in Congress has made abortion rights a central issue. And like his Republican colleagues nationwide, Marc Molinaro has accused Democratic President Joe Biden and the Democratic-controlled Congress of fueling inflation with government spending. Ryan and Molinaro are also in nomination contests for the November general election on Tuesday, but they are seeking different House seats in that race following a reshuffling of district boundaries for next year’s Congress.

NEW YORK 12TH CONGRESSIVE DISTRICT, DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

A new congressional map ordered by a state judge pitted two veteran incumbent Democrats against each other. The map merged the New York districts of U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Carolyn Maloney, who each served in the House for more than two decades.

While Maloney outspent Nadler, using his personal fortune to loan his campaign $900,000 in May, Nadler won the endorsement of influential party brokers like U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer. He had a nine percentage point lead over Maloney in a poll conducted in early August by Emerson College. The poll found that guns, crime and abortion were the top issues for voters in the district, who live in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens.

NEW YORK 17TH CONGRESSIVE DISTRICT, DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a mainstream Democrat who leads his party’s main fundraising group, faces a primary challenger for New York’s newly drawn 17th congressional district. U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has endorsed progressive New York State Senator Alessandra Biaggi’s attempt to unseat Maloney, who has raised about five times as much money as Biaggi through Aug. 3.

DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY FOR GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA

Democrats Charlie Crist and Nikki Fried appear closely matched in the party’s nominating contest to challenge Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican seen as potentially vulnerable in November despite his high approval ratings and rising national profile. Crist, a U.S. Representative and former state governor, led Fried, the state agriculture commissioner, in most public opinion polls. But pollsters at the University of North Florida recently released a survey conducted Aug. 8-12 showing Fried with a modest lead.

FLORIDA UNITED STATES SENATE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY

US Representative Val Demings is expected to be her party’s candidate to challenge Republican US Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio is seen as potentially vulnerable, with recent polls indicating a close race between him and Demings.

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Reporting by Jason Lange; Editing by Scott Malone and Jonathan Oatis

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