Flashback Friday: On This Day In 2002, Primaries Held In 7 States

June 4, 2002:

Seven states hold primaries, including Alabama, where Rep. Bob Riley (R-03) wins the Republican gubernatorial nomination to face incumbent Democrat Don Siegelman, and Rep. Earl Hilliard (D-07), under fire for both ethics problems and his views on the Mideast, is forced into a June 25 runoff.

Riley and Richardson buttons

Riley defeats Lt. Gov. Steve Windom and businessman Tim James, son of former Gov. Fob James.

The identity of the Democrat who will take on GOP Sen. Jeff Sessions won't be known until the runoff.

Hilliard will face former prosecutor Artur Davis, a fellow African-American Democrat, also in the runoff.

In other state primaries of note, businessman Doug Forrester wins the GOP Senate nomination in New Jersey and will face incumbent Robert Torricelli (D), who is under an ethics cloud.  In the GOP primary for South Dakota's At-Large House seat being vacated by Senate candidate John Thune, term-limited Gov. Bill Janklow defeats former Sen. Larry Pressler.  Rep. Greg Ganske wins the GOP nomination for the Senate in Iowa to take on Democratic incumbent Tom Harkin.  And in New Mexico, ex-Rep. (and ex-Clinton Cabinet official) Bill Richardson is the Democratic nominee for governor to succeed term-limited GOP incumbent Gary Johnson.

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