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It's Official: Progressive Ousts Longtime NYC Congressman

AP calls the race for Jamaal Bowman, leaving Democrat Eliot Engel out after 16 terms

(Newser) - Former middle-school teacher Jamaal Bowman declared victory shortly after the June 23 New York primary in his race against longtime New York City Congressman Eliot Engel. But with a large haul of mail-in ballots to be counted due to the pandemic, Bowman wasn't able to officially be deemed the... More »

7 Virus Cases Appear to Be Linked to Wisconsin Election

One was a poll worker, the rest voters

(Newser) - Officials have identified seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus through activities related to the April 7 election in Wisconsin, per Milwaukee's health commissioner. Jeanette Kowalik said six of the cases involve Milwaukee voters and one is a Milwaukee poll worker, the Journal Sentinel reports. Officials hope... More »

Election Is On in Wisconsin After Supreme Court Rulings

State, US courts block governor's postponement

(Newser) - Voters in Wisconsin will face a choice Tuesday of participating in a presidential primary election or heeding warnings from public health officials to stay away from large crowds during the pandemic. Hours after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Monday postponing the election for two months, the AP reports,... More »

Wisconsin Governor Changes Mind on Election

He now wants to postpone Tuesday's vote, calls special legislative session for Saturday

(Newser) - As of now, Wisconsin was still scheduled to vote on Tuesday. But an about-face by Gov. Tony Evers has just called that into question. The Democratic governor said he now wants to postpone the vote and turn it into an all-mail election, with a deadline for ballots of May 26,... More »

Sanders' Remarks on Cuba Could Cost Him Big in Florida

Biden has advantage among various demographics, including Hispanics, ahead of Tuesday's primary

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders' 2020 campaign is struggling after Joe Biden's big wins in recent primaries, and another important state on the horizon also doesn't look particularly promising for the Vermont senator. Marc Caputo writes for Politico that after "Michigan broke Bernie Sanders' heart Tuesday, Florida looks ready to... More »

Biden Won After 'Suburban Surge'

Ex-VP racking up primary victories from suburbanites looking for a moderate

(Newser) - Former Vice President Joe Biden has solidly taken front-runner status after Tuesday's primaries , and a big part of his more recent victories can be attributed to what the Washington Post calls a "suburban surge." The paper notes that voter turnout in Michigan especially saw a spike in... More »

Trump Has One More Insult for Jeff Sessions

President endorses Tommy Tuberville, Sessions' Alabama opponent for US Senate seat

(Newser) - President Trump has said one of his biggest mistakes was appointing Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, but the latter seemed determined to get back into the commander in chief's good graces, recently declaring himself Trump's "strongest advocate" as he gets ready to make a new run... More »

Voter Cries Foul Over 'Soviet-Style' GOP Primary

Jim Martin wants to see more names on the ballot

(Newser) - A Minnesota voter frustrated because President Trump would be the only name on the state Republican primary ballot in March is challenging the move and muddying the launch of the state's first presidential primary in decades, the AP reports. Jim Martin, of Lake Elmo, a small business operator and... More »

Another Democrat Drops Out of 2020 Race

Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper ended his campaign Thursday

(Newser) - Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Thursday ended his longshot bid for the Democratic presidential nomination and said he may instead challenge one of the most vulnerable Senate Republicans in 2020. In a video message, Hickenlooper said he had heard from many in his state urging him to enter the... More »

GOP Insurgent Spends $1M to Challenge Incumbent

Businessman Dave Dodson runs against mild-mannered John Barrasso

(Newser) - Years ago, orthopedic surgeon John Barrasso gave regular health advice on the evening television news, Wyoming-wide exposure that established a reputation as a mild, level-headed caregiver and helped launch his political career. Through 16 years in office, including two elections for the Wyoming Senate and two for the US Senate,... More »

Legal Quirk Allows Vermont Teen's Gubernatorial Bid

The state doesn't have an age requirement for holding the office

(Newser) - He's only 14 but that isn't stopping Ethan Sonneborn from running for Vermont's top office. The rising high school freshman from Bristol is taking advantage of the state's lack of an age requirement to hold the office to take his place among the other Democrats on... More »

Mo. GOP Denounces 'Vile' Remarks of Primary Winner

Steve West, known for bigotry and conspiracy theories, won nomination for state House seat

(Newser) - He calls himself Jack Justice, has a YouTube channel in which he puts on a wig and fake beard and spouts conspiracy theories, and said last year on a radio show: "Hitler was right about what was taking place in Germany. And who was behind it." Steve West... More »

Kobach Will Remove Himself From Kansas Vote Tally

Governor's contest remains neck and neck

(Newser) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will recuse himself from the vote tally in the state's tight gubernatorial primary race, which he leads, but barely . Kobach's current job makes him the state's chief elections official, and his opponent—incumbent Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer—has called... More »

Longshot's Campaign Has One Unusual Advantage

Ron Estes shares his name with the incumbent Kansas Republican he wants to unseat

(Newser) - What's in a name? A lot if you're an incumbent candidate running for national office, and perhaps even more if you're a challenger who happens to share the same name as that incumbent. Such is the case for Ron M. Estes, who is running in Kansas' 4th... More »

Brock Turner Judge Is First Recalled in Decades

Tight California races still too close to call

(Newser) - Tuesday was a big day for primaries, with votes held in eight states, but one of the day's biggest results involved a judge, not a lawmaker. Voters in California have ousted Aaron Persky, the judge who sentenced former Stanford student Brock Turner to six months for sexually assaulting an... More »

California Shakes Up 2020 Primary Contests

State will now vote on Super Tuesday

(Newser) - Super Tuesday, the jam-packed day of presidential primary voting every four years, may get supercharged in 2020 with California joining the pack, bringing along its prize of the most delegates. Gov. Jerry Brown gave his stamp of approval Wednesday to a measure pushing California's primary up to the beginning... More »

French Voters Reject Sarko Comeback

He unexpectedly loses party primary

(Newser) - Nicolas Sarkozy isn't going to get a second shot at the French presidency: The former president was unexpectedly defeated in a primary for the center-right Republican party, reports Reuters . After his defeat, Sarkozy endorsed former prime minister Francois Fillon, who will face Alain Juppe, another former PM, in a... More »

Wasserman Schultz Survives Despite Bernie's Army

Ousted DNC chair wins her congressional primary

(Newser) - She may have lost her job as chair of the Democratic National Committee, but it looks like Debbie Wasserman Schultz will keep her congressional seat in Florida. The AP has declared her the winner in Tuesday's Florida primary against law professor Tim Canova. She had about 57% of the... More »

Trump, Clinton Win Washington Primaries

But Sanders won the state's delegates months ago

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump each won primaries in Washington state Tuesday—but Trump's win is the only one that will count. Trump's victory helps him inch closer to clinching the GOP nomination for president. He is within 41 delegates of the number needed to become the Republican... More »

Clinton Ends Sanders' Streak, Takes New York

Winning margin was bigger than expected

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders had taken seven of the last eight states to vote prior to Tuesday, but Hillary Clinton pressed the reset button on Tuesday night: With more than 95% of the vote in, she has around 58% to 42%, giving her what the New York Times calls an "unexpectedly... More »

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