Results from Primaries in FL, NY, and Runoffs in Oklahoma: Long-time House Incumbent Defeated, but Potential Non-Incumbent Pick-Ups in Congressional Contests

LAST UPDATED: 9.2.22 5pm ET (final results)

Two primaries were held on Tuesday in Florida and New York (U.S. House only), and primary runoff elections were held in Oklahoma. Full context about women in the 2022 elections, including candidate lists, summaries, and historical comparisons, is available via the Center for American Women and Politics’ (CAWP) Election Watch.

Among the most notable results for women:

  • Current U.S. Representative Val Demings (D-FL) won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) in a general election contest currently rated as “Lean Republican” by Cook Political Report. If elected, she would be the first Democratic woman and the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Florida. There are currently no Black women in the U.S. Senate.
  • Madison Horn (D-OK) won the runoff election for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator James Lankford (R-OK). She joins former U.S. Representative Kendra Horn (D), who won the Democratic nomination for the open-seat U.S. Senate contest in Oklahoma in the June primary. Both contests are currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report. If elected, either woman would be the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma. Madison Horn would also be the first Native American woman to represent Oklahoma in Congress as well as the first Native American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate.
  • Incumbent U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) was defeated in her bid for re-election in NY-12, where she was challenged by incumbent U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in an incumbent v. incumbent contest. Maloney has served in the U.S. House since 1993. Learn more about redistricting and the 2022 elections at our fact sheet, Redistricting Effects on Women Congressional Incumbents. With Maloney’s defeat, there are now 18 (13D, 5R) women U.S. House incumbents not returning in 2023 due to retirement, primary defeats, seeking other office, and other reasons.
  • More than 70% of Democratic nominees for U.S. House in Florida are women (18 of 25 nominees, or 72%).
  • Of the non-incumbent women nominees selected for the U.S. House in Florida and New York, 3 (1D, 2R) are currently favored in the general election:
    • Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) won the Republican nomination in FL-13, a contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Former Florida Secretary of State Laurel Lee (R-FL) won the Republican nomination in FL-15, a contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Laura Gillen (D-NY) won the Democratic nomination in NY-04, a contest currently rated as “Likely Democratic” by Cook Political Report.
  • There are four woman v. woman general election contests for the U.S. House as a result of August 23, 2022 elections.
    • Danielle Hawk (D) won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Kat Cammack (R) in FL-03, an all-woman contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Carla Spalding (R) won the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) in FL-25, an all-woman contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • State Senator Annette Taddeo (D) won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Maria Salazar (R) in FL-27, an all-woman contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Tina Forte (R) won the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) in NY-14, in an all-woman contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Learn more about woman v. woman elections in 2022 and historically at our fact sheet Woman vs. Woman: Congressional and Gubernatorial Races.
  • In Florida, incumbent Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) was unopposed in the Republican primary and will be challenged by Aramis Ayala (D) in an all-woman general election contest.
  • In Oklahoma, incumbent Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn (R) won the Republican nomination in the August 23, 2022 runoff and will run for re-election in November. State Senator Kim David (R) won the Republican nomination for corporation commissioner in the August 23, 2022 runoff.

Florida

New York (U.S. House)

Oklahoma Runoffs

Florida

U.S. Senate

No women currently serve in the U.S. Senate from Florida. One (1R) woman has ever served in the U.S. Senate from Florida: Paula Hawkins (1981-1987).

Current U.S. Representative Val Demings (D) – who was the only woman who filed as a candidate for the U.S. Senate – won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R) in a general election contest currently rated as “Lean Republican” by Cook Political Report. If elected, she would be the first Democratic woman and the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate from Florida. There are currently no Black women in the U.S. Senate.

U.S. House

Women currently hold 9 (7D, 2R) of 27 seats in the Florida delegation to the U.S. House (33.3%). Twenty-two (15D, 7R) women have served in the U.S. House from Florida.

FLORIDA IS GAINING A SEAT IN THE U.S. HOUSE DUE TO REAPPORTIONMENT. THE NEW U.S. DELEGATION WILL INCLUDE 28 MEMBERS.

In 2022, 49 (26D, 23R) women filed as candidates for U.S. House seats in Florida.

Based on primary election results, women are 23 of 53 (43.4%) major-party nominees for U.S. House in Florida, including 18 of 25 (72%) Democrats and 5 of 28 (17.9%) Republicans. Twenty-six (8D, 18R) women candidates for the U.S. House were unsuccessful.

  • 7 (5D, 2R) women incumbents are nominees for re-election.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Val Demings (D) is not running for re-election to the U.S. House and is instead the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Stephanie Murphy (D) is not running for re-election (retiring).
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Kat Cammack (R) won the Republican nomination in FL-03. She will run for re-election in an all-woman general election contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Kathy Castor (D) won the Democratic nomination in FL-14. She will run for re-election in a general election contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (D) won the Democratic nomination in FL-20. She will run for re-election in a general election contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Lois Frankel (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary in FL-22 and will run for re-election in a contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Frederica Wilson (D) won the Democratic nomination in FL-24. She will run for re-election in a general election contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) won the Democratic nomination in FL-25. She will run for re-election in an all-woman general election contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Maria Salazar (R) won the Republican nomination in FL-27. She will run for re-election in an all-woman general election contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.
  • 12 (11D, 1R) women won nominations to challenge incumbents in November.
    • Rebekah Jones (D) won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R) in FL-01, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Danielle Hawk (D) won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Kat Cammack (R) in FL-03, an all-woman contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Joanne Terry (D) won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Bill Posey (R) in FL-08, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Shante Munns (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Daniel Webster (R) in FL-11, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Kim Walker (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (R) in FL-12, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report. Walker was the Democratic nominee in FL-12 in election 2020 and was defeated by Bilirakis by 25.8 points.
    • Jan Schneider (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Vern Buchanan (R) in FL-16, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Andrea Kale (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R) in FL-17, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Cindy Banyai (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Byron Donalds (R) in FL-19, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Cook Political Report. Banyai was the Democratic nominee in FL-19 in election 2020 and was defeated by Donalds by 22.6 points.
    • Corinna Balderramos Robinson (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Brian Mast (R) in FL-21, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Carla Spalding (R) won the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) in FL-25, an all-woman contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report. Spalding was the Republican nominee in FL-25 in election 2020 and was defeated by Wasserman Schultz by 16.4 points.
    • Christine Olivo (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R) in FL-26, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • State Senator Annette Taddeo (D) won the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Maria Salazar (R) in FL-27, an all-woman contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.
  • 4 (2D, 2R) women won nominations for open-seat U.S. House contests.
    • LJ Holloway (D) won the Democratic nomination in FL-04, a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Karen Green (D) won the Democratic nomination in FL-07, a contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Anna Paulina Luna (R) won the Republican nomination in FL-13, a contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report. Luna was the Republican nominee in FL-13 in election 2020 and was defeated by incumbent U.S. Representative Charlie Crist by 6 points. Crist did not run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2022, instead running for governor.
    • Former Secretary of State Laurel Lee (R) won the Republican nomination in FL-15, a contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.

Of the 23 (18D, 5R) women nominees, 8 (7D, 1R) women – Holloway (D, FL-04), Green (D, FL-07), Munns (D, FL-11), Walker (D, FL-12), Cherfilus-McCormick (D, FL-20), Wilson (D, FL-24), Spalding (R, FL-25), and Olivo (D, FL-26) – are Black, 4 (2D, 2R) women – Luna (R, FL-13), Robinson (D, FL-21), Salazar (R, FL-27), and Taddeo (D, FL-27) – are Latina, 1 (1D) woman – Munns (D, FL-11) – is Native American, and 14 (11D, 3R) women – Jones (D, FL-01), Hawk (D, FL-03), Cammack (R, FL-03), Terry (D, FL-08), Munns (D, FL-11), Luna (R, FL-13), Castor (D, FL-14), Lee (R, FL-15), Schneider (D, FL-16), Kale (D, FL-17), Banyai (D, FL-19), Robinson (D, FL-21), Frankel (D, FL-22), and Wasserman Schultz (D, FL-25) – are white. These counts include 1 (1D) woman candidate – Munns (FL-11) – who identifies as Black, Native American, and white and 2 (1D, 1R) women candidates – Anna Paulina Luna (R, FL-13) and Corinna Balderramos Robinson (D, FL-21) – who identify as Latina and white.

Statewide Elective Executive Office

Women currently hold 3 (1D, 2R) of 5 statewide elective executive offices in Florida. Twelve (8D, 4R) women have served in statewide elective executive offices in Florida, but no woman has ever served as governor. All 5 statewide elective executive offices in Florida are up for election in 2022.

Six (4D, 2R) women filed as candidates for statewide elective executive offices up for election in Florida in 2022, including 2 (2D) women candidates for governor.

Based on primary election results, women are 4 of 9 (44.4%) major-party nominees for statewide elective executive offices in Florida, including 2 of 4 (50%) Democrats and 2 of 5 (40%) Republicans. Two (2D) women candidates for statewide elective executive offices were unsuccessful.

  • These counts include the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor – incumbent Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez (R) – who was not on a primary ballot. In Florida, lieutenant governor nominees are chosen by gubernatorial nominees after the primary election and run on a single ticket with the gubernatorial nominees in the general election. The Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor has not yet been selected.
  • Incumbent Attorney General Ashley Moody (R) is running for re-election. She was unopposed in the Republican primary and will be challenged by Aramis Ayala (D) in an all-woman general election contest.
  • Incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried (D) did not run for re-election. Instead, she unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for governor. Naomi Blemur (D) won the Democratic nomination for this open-seat contest.

Of the 4 (2D, 2R) women nominees, 2 (2D) women –– Blemur (commissioner of agriculture) and Ayala (attorney general) – are Black, 1 (1R) woman – Nuñez (lieutenant governor) – is Latina, and 1 (1R) woman – Moody (attorney general) – is white.

 

New York

U.S. House

Women currently hold 9 (6D, 3R) of 27 seats in the New York delegation to the U.S. House (33.3%). Twenty-nine (17D, 12R) women have served in the U.S. House from New York.

NEW YORK IS LOSING A SEAT IN THE U.S. HOUSE DUE TO REAPPORTIONMENT.

In 2022, 33 (24D, 9R) women filed as candidates for U.S. House seats in New York.

Based on primary election results, women are 14 of 51 (27.5%) major-party nominees for U.S. House in New York, including 7 of 26 (26.9%) Democrats and 7 of 25 (28%) Republicans. Nineteen (17D, 2R) women candidates for the U.S. House were unsuccessful.

  • 7 (4D, 3R) women incumbents are nominees for re-election.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D) was defeated her bid for re-election in NY-12, where she was challenged by incumbent U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler (D) in an incumbent v. incumbent contest. Maloney has served in the U.S. House since 1993.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice (D) is not running for re-election to the U.S. House.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary in NY-06 and will run for re-election in a contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Nydia Velázquez (D) won the Democratic nomination in NY-07. She will run for re-election in a general election contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary in NY-09 and will run for re-election in a contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R) won the Republican nomination in NY-11. She will run for re-election in a general election contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary in NY-14 and will run for re-election in an all-woman contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik (R) was unopposed in the Republican primary in NY-21 and will run for re-election in a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Incumbent U.S. Representative Claudia Tenney (R) won the Republican nomination in FL-24. She will run for re-election in a general election contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
  • 4 (1D, 3R) women won nominations to challenge incumbents in November.
    • Jackie Gordon (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Andrew Garbarino (R) in NY-02, a contest currently rated as “Likely Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Tina Forte (R) won the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) in NY-14, in an all-woman contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Miriam Levitt-Flisser (R) was selected as the Republican nominee to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Jamaal Bowman (D) in NY-16, a contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report.
    • Liz Joy (R) was unopposed in the Republican primary to challenge incumbent U.S. Representative Paul Tonko (D) in NY-20, a contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report. Joy was the Republican nominee in NY-20 in election 2020 and was defeated by Tonko by 22.3 points.
  • 3 (2D, 1R) women won nominations for open-seat U.S. House contests.
    • Bridget Fleming (D) was unopposed in the Democratic primary in NY-01, a contest currently rated as “Lean Republican” by Cook Political Report.
    • Laura Gillen (D) won the Democratic nomination in NY-04, a contest currently rated as “Likely Democratic” by Cook Political Report.
    • Benine Hamdan (R) won the Republican nomination in NY-10, a contest currently rated as “Solid Democrat” by Cook Political Report. Incumbent U.S. Representative Mondaire Jones (D) was defeated in the Democratic primary in NY-10 to create this open-seat contest.

Of the 14 (7D, 7R) women nominees, 2 (2D) women – Gordon (D, NY-02) and Clarke (D, NY-09) – are Black, 3 (2D, 1R) women – Velázquez (D, NY-07), Malliotakis (R, NY-11), and Ocasio-Cortez (D, NY-14) – are Latina, 1 (1D) woman – Meng (D, NY-06) – is Asian American, 1 (1R) woman – Hamdan (R, NY-10) – is Middle Eastern/North African, and 8 (2D, 6R) women – Fleming (D, NY-01), Gillen (D, NY-04), Malliotakis (R, NY-11), Forte (R, NY-14), Levitt-Flisser (R, NY-16), Joy (R, NY-20), Stefanik (R, NY-21), and Tenney (R, NY-24) – are white. These counts include 1 (1R) woman candidate – Malliotakis (NY-11) – who identifies as Latina and white. 

New York – House Special Elections

There were two special general elections for the U.S. House from New York in NY-19 and NY-23 held on August 23rd. All four major-party nominees in these contests were men. Winners will fill U.S. House seats through January 3, 2022.

 

Oklahoma – Primary Runoff Elections

U.S. Senate

Madison Horn (D) won the runoff election for the Democratic nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Senator James Lankford (R).

Combined with primary election results from June, women are 2 of 4 (50%) major-party nominees for the two U.S. Senate seats up for election in Oklahoma in 2022, including 2 of 2 (50%) Democrats and 0 of 2 (0%) Republicans.

  • Madison Horn (D) will challenge incumbent U.S. Senator James Lankford (R) in a contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.
  • Former U.S. Representative Kendra Horn (D) will challenge U.S. Representative Markwayne Mullin (R) in an open-seat U.S. Senate contest currently rated as “Solid Republican” by Cook Political Report.

If elected, either woman would be the first woman to serve in the U.S. Senate from Oklahoma. Madison Horn would also be the first Native American woman to represent Oklahoma in Congress and the first Native American woman to serve in the Senate.

U.S. House

There were no women in the one August 23, 2022 runoff election for the U.S. House in Oklahoma.

Combined with primary election results from June, women are 3 of 10 (30%) major-party nominees for the U.S. House, including 2 of 5 (40%) Democrats and 1 of 5 (20%) Republicans.

Statewide Elective Executive Office

Women were 3 (3R) of 8 (37.5%) statewide elective executive candidates in the August 23, 2022 runoff election. There were no Democratic primary runoff elections for statewide elective executive office.

Combined with primary election results from June, women are 7 of 15 (46.7%) major-party nominees for statewide elective executive office, including 4 of 6 (66.7%) Democrats and 3 of 9 (33.3%) Republicans.

  • Incumbent Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn (R) won the Republican nomination in the August 23, 2022 runoff and will run for re-election in November.
  • State Senator Kim David (R) won the Republican nomination for corporation commissioner in the August 23, 2022 runoff.

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For primary results summaries from other states and full results, including candidate lists, summaries, and historical comparisons, see CAWP’s Election Watch.

CAWP Staff