DemDaily: Tuesday’s Election Results! DC, IA, MT, NJ, NM, SD

June 5, 2024

Voters in five states and DC went to the polls Tuesday, deciding Presidential primaries and down-ballot elections in DC, Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.

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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Presidential Primary Results: Joe Biden 87.2%, Marianne Williamson 4.5%, Armando Perez-Serrato 1.2%

The Republican primary was held March 3. Nikki Haley, who dropped out three days later following Super Tuesday, won the DC primary with 62.8%. Donald Trump received 33.3%, followed by Ron DeSantis with 1.9%, Chris Christie with 0.9%, Vivek Ramaswamy with 0.7%, David Stuckenberg with 0.4%, and Ryan Blinkley with 0.1%.

US Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who has served as DC's Delegate in Congress since 1991, was easily reelected with 81%.

Incumbents ruled the day in four of the five City Council races, with the open seat in Ward 7 being vacated by the retirement of Vincent Gray still undecided. With 84% of the votes counted, Wendell Felder (23%) and Ebony Payne (20%) lead a field of ten candidates. Though Felder has declared victory, the race has not been called.

At 58.9% reporting, the race to replace outgoing Shadow Senator Michael D. Brown (D) has not been called, with Ankit Jain leading Eugene Kinlow 52%-48%.

Shadow Representative Oye Owolewa was reelected with 57.3% of the vote to challenger Linda Gray's 42.7%.

The District of Columbia (DC) is not a state. Accordingly, like the Territories, it is represented by one seated, but non-voting, Delegate in Congress. In addition, DC has "shadow" representatives -- two Senators and one representative -- who are not recognized or seated in either chamber of Congress but are elected representatives of the District that are dedicated to advancing Statehood for the District.

IOWA
Of Iowa's four congressional seats, all held by Republicans, just two were contested in yesterday's GOP primary.

In the Fourth CD, Congressman Randy Feenstra dispatched far-right challenger Kevin Virgil, 60.3%-39.7%. In a closer race, Fifth District Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks defeated ultra-conservative opponent David Pautsch, 56%-44%.

MONTANA
Presidential Primary ResultsJoe Biden: 91.2%, No Preference 8.8%. Donald Trump: 90.9, No Preference 9.1%.

Three-term Democratic Senator Jon Tester, who was renominated with 97% of the vote, will face NAVY Seal veteran and GOP establishment favorite Tim Sheehy in the general election.

Sheehy won the Republican primary with 73.6% of the vote, followed by Brad Johnson with 19.5% and Charles Walkingchild with 6.9%.

In the Montana gubernatorial primaries, author and business owner Ryan Busse secured the Democratic nomination with 70.8% of the vote over Jim Hunt's 29.2%. Busse is challenging Republican Governor Greg Gianforte in the general election.

In the open Second Congressional seat vacated by Ming Cabrera (D), State Auditor Troy Downing (R) will vie against former State Representative John Driscoll who won the four-person Democratic primary with 33.3%.

NEW JERSEY
Presidential Primary ResultsJoe Biden 88.5%, Terrisa Bukovinac 2.8%. Donald Trump: Uncontested

Embattled New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez (D), who announced in March that he would not run for a fourth term as a Democrat, filed to run for reelection as an Independent on Monday -- adding to an already dramatic contest overshadowed by federal corruption charges against the three-term incumbent. His decision came the day before Tuesday's June 4 primary and the filing deadline for the election.

Declining to run as a Democrat while under indictment, Menendez said in March that he hoped to be cleared of the charges by the summer so he could "pursue my candidacy as an independent Democrat in the general election." New Jersey’s deadline for independent candidates to withdraw from the ballot is August 16.

In the general election, Menendez will face three-term Congressman Andy Kim, who swept the Democratic primary Tuesday with 75% of the vote, followed by Patricia Campos-Medina with 16% and Lawrence Hamm with 9%.

The GOP nominee is party favorite Curtis Bashaw, a hotel developer who secured 45.6% of the vote, followed by Trump-endorsed Christine Serrano Glassner with 38.6%, Justin Murphy with 11.2%, and Albert Harshaw with 4.6%.

Despite his father’s legal troubles, Eighth District Congressman Rob Menendez secured 53.7% of the vote to fend off Democratic primary challenger Ravinder Bhalla with 35.7%, and Kyle Jasey with 10.6%.

State Representative Herb Conway, who won the nine-way Democratic primary for Kim's Third CD with 49.5%, is heavily favored to win the general election against Republican Rajesh Mohan.

NEW MEXICO
Presidential Primary Results: Joe Biden 83.5%, Marianne Williamson 6.7%, Uncommitted 9.7%. Donald Trump: 84.5%, Nikki Haley 8.6%, Uncommitted 3.3%.

In the New Mexico US Senate race, both Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich and Republican nominee Nella Louise Domenici were unopposed in their primaries.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Presidential Primary ResultsJoe Biden: 74.6%, Marianne Williamson 11.5%, Dean Phillips 9.6%. Donald Trump: Uncontested.

In South Dakota’s single at-large congressional seat, both the Democrat candidate, Sheryl Johnson, and the Republican incumbent Dusty Johnson, ran unopposed.

See: DemDaily: The Presidential Primary Calendar. The Home Stretch! 5/30/24

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