2 Big Notes From the 'Last-in-the-Nation' Primary

Delaware voted Tuesday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 16, 2020 1:05 AM CDT
2 Big Notes From the 'Last-in-the-Nation' Primary
Transgender activist Sarah McBride, who hopes to win in the primary for the Delaware Senate, watches a computer screen at her watch party in Wilmington, Del., Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.   (AP Photo/Jason Minto)

Delaware held its "last-in-the-nation" primary Tuesday, Vox reports. A few results to note, per the AP:

  • Political newcomer and firebrand Lauren Witzke, who campaigned on halting US immigration for 10 years and has tried to distance herself from accusations that she supports QAnon, won the Republican US Senate primary in the state, defeating the party’s endorsed candidate. In November, Witzke will challenge incumbent Sen. Chris Coons, who easily won the Democratic primary. Witzke told the AP in January that she had stopped promoting QAnon months earlier, dismissing it as “mainstream psyops to get people to ‘trust the plan’ and not do anything.” But she has been photographed wearing a QAnon T-shirt and has used the QAnon slogan WWG1WGA (Where We Go One We Go All) in some of her Twitter hashtags.
Meanwhile, Democratic Gov. John Carney won his primary, while political newcomer Julianne Murray topped a field of six contenders to win the GOP nomination for governor. Murray is a Sussex County criminal defense attorney who sued Carney over a ban on short-term property rentals he imposed because of the coronavirus. She has said that if elected she would end the state of emergency Carney imposed to control the spread of the virus. And actor and retired Amtrak conductor Lee Murphy, who narrowly lost the House primary two years ago, defeated another political newcomer to win the GOP primary for Delaware's lone US House seat; he will face incumbent Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester. (Read more Delaware stories.)

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