Primary results

Mass. Primary Results: Markey-Kennedy And Neal-Morse Races – NPR

Rep. Joe Kennedy III (left) bumps elbows with Sen. Ed Markey after their Democratic Senate primary debate on June 1 in Springfield, Mass.

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Rep. Joe Kennedy III (left) bumps elbows with Sen. Ed Markey after their Democratic Senate primary debate on June 1 in Springfield, Mass.

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Massachusetts voters are to cast ballots Tuesday in one of the last state primaries of the year.

While many voters will head to the polls in person, most people planning to cast ballots in the primaries have already voted, according to Massachusetts officials.

On Monday, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin told reporters that hundreds of thousands of ballots had already been cast, either by mail or through early voting.

There are two key races to watch in Massachusetts, and both feature a younger Democratic challenger taking on an older incumbent.

Senate (Democratic) — Markey vs. Kennedy

Since 2018, several prominent longtime Democratic politicians have faced competitive reelection challenges from younger, more progressive opponents.

Massachusetts Senate Primary Pits Long-Serving Progressive Against A Kennedy

The Massachusetts Senate primary veers from that narrative, because Sen. Ed Markey, who’s 74, is the candidate who has garnered progressive support in his high-profile campaign against Rep. Joe Kennedy III, though the 39-year-old shares similar positions.

Markey has served in the Senate since 2013 and was a congressman for 37 years before that. He co-authored the Green New Deal with New York progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who supports his campaign. Markey has also been endorsed by his colleague, Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Kennedy, who also supports the Green New Deal, is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and has served in Congress since 2013. In late August, he was endorsed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California.

Some Democrats, including former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank, criticize Kennedy for seeking a higher political position during the 2020 election season. Frank told WBUR’s Anthony Brooks last year that Democrats should work to unseat Republicans, saying diverting resources from that effort is “a terrible mistake.”

Kennedy has criticized Markey’s record on racial justice. Markey opposed court-ordered busing to desegregate Boston Public Schools in the 1970s and voted for the 1994 federal crime bill that’s blamed for contributing for mass incarceration.

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Despite being the challenger, Kennedy entered the race as the perceived favorite. But Markey now holds an 11-point lead, according to a polling average from RealClearPolitics.

Massachusetts has an all-Democratic congressional delegation, so it’s highly likely that the winner of the primary will go on win in the general election this November. (There are also competitive primaries to fill the House seat Kennedy is giving up.)


1st Congressional District (Democratic) — Neal vs. Morse

Progressives are hoping for an upset in Massachusetts’ 1st Congressional District as longtime Rep. Richard Neal faces a challenge from Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.

Neal, 71, is a leader in the House of Representatives, serving as chair of the Ways and Means Committee. He has been in Congress for 32 years and has the endorsement of Pelosi as well as Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, who is a Republican.

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Morse, 31, was elected mayor of his native city at just 22. He has the support of Ocasio-Cortez, the climate group the Sunrise Movement and the Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee. Morse is campaigning on key progressive issues including Medicare for All and the Green New Deal.

One recent issue in this race: vague allegations of impropriety against Morse, who’s openly gay, which led to an investigation of him by the University of Massachusetts. Additional revelations led Morse to say he has been vindicated and, he says, have helped his campaign with donors and volunteers.


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Primary Takeaways

3 takeaways from key primary races in Minnesota and Georgia – CNN

Washington (CNN)Democratic freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, a member of the progressive Democratic “Squad,” prevailed in her fight to keep her seat in a Minnesota primary election on Tuesday, a victory for progressives as they seek to expand their power and influence on Capitol Hill.

In Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, a GOP candidate with ties to the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory and a track record of incendiary rhetoric, won a primary runoff. That outcome leaves Greene well positioned to win a congressional seat in the fall and puts national Republicans in the difficult position of how to respond and whether and to what extent they will support a conspiracy theory-touting nominee who’s also made comments using Islamophobic and anti-Semitic tropes.
Republican voters also selected a candidate in a campaign for a Minnesota congressional seat in a district that went for President Donald Trump in 2016 by a wide margin and is currently represented by endangered Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson.
Those were a few of the most high-profile results from a series of contests Tuesday in Georgia, Connecticut, Vermont, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

‘Squad’ member Ilhan Omar defeats well-funded primary challenger

Omar defeated a well-funded Democratic challenger in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District on Tuesday.
The congresswoman had faced attacks from challenger Antone Melton-Meaux that she is divisive and overly focused on building a national profile, but she ultimately prevailed in the race.
Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, also members of the “Squad,” had faced similar attacks in primary races of their own but succeeded in fending off those challenges earlier this year.
The victory for Omar means that the freshmen group will now be able to dig a deeper foothold in the caucus. And, with victories by insurgent candidates Jamaal Bowman in New York, Cori Bush in Missouri and Marie Newman in Illinois, all of whom unseated incumbents this year, it will also be poised to exert greater power next year.
Melton-Meaux, an attorney who runs a mediation practice and a first-time candidate for elected office, did not have as much of a national profile as the challengers who ran against Ocasio-Cortez and Tlaib, but he still raised a substantial amount of money. He had raised more than $4.1 million as of July 22, according to Federal Election Commission data, while Omar had raised around $4.3 million by the same date.
Omar’s outspoken support of progressive priorities has given her a devoted following on the political left. At the same time, her rhetoric related to Israel has made her a target of criticism from Republicans as well as some members of her own party. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and other members of House Democratic leadership once went so far as to publicly call on Omar to apologize for comments they said included “anti-Semitic tropes.”
Omar apologized after her rebuke from House Democratic leaders and has sought to limit the damage and win over skeptics.
As she fought to keep her seat, Omar had the support of Pelosi, who endorsed her bid for reelection. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, along with other progressive leaders and organizations, led by Justice Democrats, also rallied for Omar ahead of the primary.

GOP candidate who embraced QAnon conspiracy theory wins Georgia runoff

A Republican primary runoff for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, which is situated in the northwest corner of the state, drew national attention as a result of Greene’s promotion of the wild and unsubstantiated conspiracy theory known as QAnon.
Greene has repeated and promoted QAnon theories and phrases, praising the mythical Q as a “patriot” in a video from 2017 and describing the conspiracy theory as “something worth listening to and paying attention to.”
Although the theory is nebulous enough to invite all kinds of interpretations from its adherents, at its core QAnon claims that Trump has been secretly fighting to bring down a cabal of Satan-worshipping pedophiles that has infiltrated all levels of the US government and other elite institutions.
Greene has also faced a backlash over the revelation of past Islamophobic and anti-Semitic comments, including saying that there is “an Islamic invasion into our government offices” and calling the progressive billionaire activist George Soros, who is Jewish, a “Nazi.” House GOP leaders responded with condemnation following a report in Politico surfacing racist remarks and other incendiary comments in June.
Despite that, Greene prevailed on Tuesday in a primary runoff against GOP opponent John Cowan, raising the question of what national Republicans will do in response.
The seat for Georgia’s 14th Congressional District is currently held by Republican Rep. Tom Graves, who has served in the House since 2010 and announced last year that he would not seek reelection.

Republicans pick a nominee for the Trumpiest district represented by a Democrat

In Minnesota, Republican voters picked their candidate in a campaign to flip a House seat, with CNN projecting that Michelle Fischbach will win Minnesota’s 7th Congressional District GOP primary.
The district is currently represented by House Agriculture Chairman Collin Peterson, a Democrat. Peterson’s district voted for Trump by a bigger margin than any other represented by a Democrat, making him among the most vulnerable Democrats in 2020.
The Republican primary on Tuesday was a five-way race, with former Minnesota Lt. Gov. Fischbach and retired Air Force Maj. Dave Hughes among the most high-profile candidates.
Fischbach won the GOP endorsement for the district in May during a virtual party convention, while Hughes ran against Peterson in 2016 and in 2018 when he won nearly 48% of the vote to Peterson’s 52%.

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Primary results

Primary results: Takeaways from Colorado and Oklahoma – CNN

(CNN)The latest round of primaries on Tuesday led to a top Democratic Senate recruit escaping his primary with damage done and Republicans vying for a chance to run in a competitive House race unable to coalesce around one candidate.

John Hickenlooper won his primary but not without suffering some blows, something the top Democrats who recruited the former Colorado governor had hoped to avoid. Hickenlooper’s errors, while largely self-inflicted, could end up helping Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican who — given Colorado’s voting history — seems particularly vulnerable. In the western part of the state, an incumbent Republican congressman was ousted by a far-right challenger.
In another closely watched race, Republicans in Oklahoma City were unable to coalesce around one candidate on Tuesday and two candidates will head to a late August runoff for the chance to take on Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn, one of the biggest surprises for Democrats in the 2018 midterms, in November.
And in Utah, a former NFL player and Fox News commentator will take on a Democrat in another key pickup opportunity for the GOP.
Here are CNN’s takeaways:

A Republican incumbent falls

In the biggest surprise of the night, Rep. Scott Tipton, a Trump-backed congressman representing western Colorado, lost his primary to Lauren Boebert, a far-right owner of a gun-themed restaurant who most recently fought to keep her business open despite Colorado’s coronavirus regulations.
Tipton conceded to Boebert on Tuesday night, saying in a statement that Republicans in his district “have decided who they want to run against the Democrats this November. I want to congratulate Lauren Boebert and wish her and her supporters well.”
Trump endorsed Tipton on Monday in a tweet, but minutes after the congressman conceded, the Republican president lauded Boebert.
“Congratulations on a really great win,” he wrote, roughly 24 hours after he had endorsed Boebert’s opponent.
Boebert’s win is the latest example of a candidate who sympathizes with the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory winning Republican primaries. Boebert told an interviewer in May that she was “very familiar with” the conspiracy, adding that it was “only motivating and encouraging and bringing people together, stronger, and if this is real, then it could be really great for our country.”
Democrats swiftly slammed the newly minted Republican nominee, with Cheri Bustos, chairwoman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, quickly calling for Washington Republicans to “immediately disavow Lauren Boebert and her extremist, dangerous conspiracy theories.”

Hickenlooper exits primary bruised

Hickenlooper vanquished his Democratic primary opponent, former state House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, on Tuesday.
But it wasn’t a clean win.
Hickenlooper, the establishment’s pick to face vulnerable Republican Sen. Cory Gardner and a candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, stumbled repeatedly leading into Tuesday primary election, including angering activists with a bumbled answer on Black Lives Matter and the Colorado Independent Ethics Commission finding the former governor twice violated ethics laws in 2018.
“It’s going to take all of us together to beat Cory Gardner and bring about the change this country so desperately needs,” Hickenlooper said in a taped video. “I’ve never lost an election in this state, and I don’t intend to lose this one. There’s far too much at stake.”
Hickenlooper’s struggle to get out of the primary has clearly frustrated national Democrats, especially considering how critical defeating Gardner in November is to Democratic hopes of retaking the Senate. Without a Hickenlooper win, those chances are significantly harder.
And by struggling to get out of the primary, Hickenlooper has given Republicans more material against him over the next four months.
“If watching him fall apart under pressure these last few weeks is any indication, ‘hot mess’ Hickenlooper is in for a very bumpy ride,” Joanna Rodriguez, spokeswoman for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said about the former governor’s win.

Oklahoma House Republicans hopefuls headed to runoff

No Republican vying for the chance to take on Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn in November was able to avoid a runoff on Tuesday, meaning state Sen. Stephanie Bice and businesswoman Terry Neese will face off against each other on August 25.
The winner of the Republican primary will take on Horn, whose ability to narrowly win in 2018 in the Oklahoma City district President Donald Trump carried by 13 points was arguably the biggest surprise for Democrats in the midterms.
The district has been in flux, as Oklahoma City and the nearby suburbs grow younger and better educated, two factors that help Democrats. But Horn benefited from Trump not being on the ballot in 2018, and Republicans hope Trump could boost the Republican in the district.
Bice and Neese were the two frontrunners in the primary headed into Tuesday’s voting. Bice is better financed, raising more than $1 million by the end of the pre-primary reporting period on June 10. But Neese was able to partly self-fund her primary bid, loaning her campaign $450,000 while raising around $532,000.

Republicans pick nominee in possible House pick-up

Utah Democrat Ben McAdams narrowly won his congressional seat in 2018 and Republicans hope to make him a one-term member.
And on Tuesday, the party picked their nominee: Former NFL player Burgess Owens, a Fox News commentator who raised the most money of all his Republican rivals headed into the primary.
Owens, who played a decade in the NFL as safety for the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders, bested state Rep. Kim Coleman to win the nomination.
Trump carried Utah’s 4th Congressional District by 7 points in 2016. And while McAdams won in 2018, his win was narrow, leading Republicans to see the district as a top target for the party this fall.
If Owens, who is Black, is able to defeat McAdams, he would become one of only a few Black Republicans in either legislative body on Capitol Hill.
This story has been updated with additional developments Wednesday.

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