DemDaily: Tuesday’s Elections Results!

June 3, 2020

DC waited 6-10 blocks to cast ballots (KimberlyScott)

Yesterday's multi-state primary broke voter turnout records across eight states and DC, and brought Joe Biden just shy of officially securing the Democratic presidential nomination.

The turnout is a testament to an energized electorate, despite, or because of, the devastating coronavirus crisis and last week's nationwide civil unrest following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer.

In addition to presidential, congressional, and other down-ballot contests in DC, Indiana, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Dakota, Idaho and Iowa, which already had their presidential primaries, held contests for congressional races.

District of Columbia
Presidential Primary: Biden 77.5%, Warren 12.1%, Sanders 10%
Delegates: Biden 20

In DC, where many voters said they hadnot received their mail-in ballots, some voters were waiting until after midnight to vote. Although Washington, DC was under a 7:00pm curfew due to protests over the George Floyd killing, voters who were in line by 8:00pm were allowed to cast their ballots.

Paulette Jordan, who garnered national attention in 2018 amid hopes of becoming the country's first Native American governor, won the state's Democratic primary for US Senate. She is challenging two-term incumbent Republican Senator Jim Risch.

Frank Mrvan, heir apparent to Visclosky seat (Watkins/TheTimes)

Presidential Primary: Biden 75.9%, Sanders 14.1% (85% Reporting)
Delegates: Biden 74, Sanders 2, TBD 6

In the open First Congressional District, North Township Trustee Frank Mrvan won the 14-way Democratic primary to succeed retiring Congressman Pete Visclosky (D) in the safely Democratic seat.

In competitive Fifth CD, Christina Hale (D) will go up against Victoria Spartz (R) in the open seat to replace retiring Congresswoman Susan Brooks (R) in a race in which both parties have already invested heavily.

In Iowa's Democratic Senate primary, establishment favorite Theresa Greenfield won the nomination to face first-term Republican incumbent Joni Ernst in November. In 2014, Ernst flipped the blue seat red when Democrat Tom Harkin retired, and she bested Democrat Bruce Braley by about 90,000 votes.

One of the biggest stories coming out of yesterday's primaries was the primary defeat of nine-term Congressman Steve King in Iowa's 4th Congressional District by State Senator Randy Feenstra 45.7% to 36%.

Greenfield, One to Watch - Iowa Senate Race (Beatrice Moritz/EMILY's List)

The controversial and outspoken King was stripped of House committee assignments last year after a series of racists comments. Feenstra will face J.D. Scholten, who narrowly lost to King in 2018 and was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

Iowa surpassed its all-time record for a June primary, with more than 487,000 ballots cast, 408,000 of which were cast by mail.

Presidential Primary: Biden 85.1%, Sanders 6.1% (56% Reporting)
Delegates: Biden 96

House Majority Leaders Steny Hoyer (D) easily fended off a primary challenge in the Fifth District, as did Seventh District Congressman Kweisi Mfume (D), who won the special election in April to fill the seat of the late Elijah Cummings (D). Mfume, now running for a full term in the heavily Democratic seat, is being challenged by nonprofit organizer Kimberly Klacik (R).

Presidential Primary: Biden 74.5%, Sanders 14.7% (96% Reporting)
Delegates: Biden 18

Democrats Senate Majority PAC launched a six-figure ad buy against Daines last month (Watch/CLICK)

In the US Senate race, Governor Steve Bullock (D) will challenge first-term incumbent Senator Steve Daines (R) in one of the country's top Senate races.

In the Governor's race to replace the term-limited Bullock, Republican Congressman Greg Gianforte will face Lt. Governor Mike Cooney, who defeated businesswoman Whitney Williams 54.8% to 45.2% for the Democratic nomination.

State Auditor Matt Rosendale (R) and 2018 nominee Kathleen Williams will compete in the general election to replace Gianforte in the state's sole congressional seat.

New Mexico
Presidential Primary: Biden 73.6%, Sanders 14.7% (95% Reporting)
Delegates: Biden 28, Sanders 0, TBD 6

Fernandez wins Dem Primary for Lujan seat

In the open US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Senator Tom Udall, Congressman Ben Ray Lujan (D) is favored against a former television meteorologist Mark Ronchetti, who won the Republican primary Tuesday.

In the race to fill Lujan's heavily blue seat in New Mexico's Third Congressional District, attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez defeated former CIA analyst Valerie Plame in the heated primary, and will face Republican Alex Johnson in November.

In the contentious Second District Republican primary, State Representative Yvette Herrell won the nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Xochiti Torres Small, who flipped the GOP seat to win in 2018.

Democrats cast 60% of the 400,000+ votes cast, with vote-by-mail numbers at 250,000, more than ten times that of 2016.

Presidential Primary: Biden 77.2%, Sanders 19% (87% Reporting)
Delegates: Biden 126, Sanders 21, TBD 39

Christina Finello will challenge incumbent Republican Brian Fitzpatrick In the First Congressional District.The district, which Hillary Clinton carried in 2016, is a key Democratic target, as is the 10th Congressional District, where Democrat Eugene DePasquale will attempt to unseat Republican incumbent Scott Perry.

Some say they were "inspired" to vote by protests (PA/WMAL)

Two vulnerable Democratic seats include Seventh CD, where freshman Congresswoman Susan Wild (D) will be defending a challenge by Lisa Scheller (R), and in the Eighth Congressional District, where former Trump administration official Jim Bognet is challenging incumbent Democrat Matt Cartwright.

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf has extended the deadine to June 9th for absentee ballots to be received in Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, where protests of the death of George Floyd have "have made it unduly hard for voters to turn in their ballots."

Pennsylvania voters requested 1.8 million mail-in and absentee ballots, 17 times greater than the total requested in 2016.

Rhode Island
Presidential Primary: Biden 61.6%, Sanders 30.3% (96% Reporting)
Delegates: Biden 15, Sanders 6, TBD 5

South Dakota
Presidential Primary: Biden 77.4%, Sanders 22.6% (97% Reporting)
Delegates: Biden 13, Sanders 3

In the US Senate race, former legislator Dan Ahlers will challenge incumbent Republican Senator Mike Rounds.

Next Up! 
Virgin Islands Caucus (7 delegates) on June 6th, and the Georgia (105 delegates) and West Virginia (28 delegates) presidential primaries on June 9th.

To check the remaining state primaries and caucuses go to DemList's 2020 Presidential Primary Calendar

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Sources: Politico, Hotline, NewYorkTimes, WashingtonPost, WGAL

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