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    Marie Pinkney unseated the most powerful member of the Delaware Senate in Tuesday's Democratic primary The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● DE State Senate, DE State House: Delaware progressives defeated four moderate state legislators, including state Senate President Pro Tempore David McBride, in Tuesday's Democratic primaries. Democrats control both chambers of the legislature, and there's little question that Team Blue will maintain its majorities this fall. We'll start with McBride, who lost to social worker Marie Pinkney by a 52-48 margin in SD-13, a seat McBride...
    A coalition of 23 police unions announced endorsements of a slate of Republican candidates for state Senate in swing suburban districts after accusing Democratic incumbents of turning their backs on law enforcement. The union leaders have criticized Democrats for passing a series of laws during their two-year tenure in charge of the Senate that are criminal-friendly and anti-cop, such as eliminating cash bail for most non-violent crimes and overhauling discovery rules in criminal cases They also objected to approval of a law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Democratic-led Legislature allowing for the release of disciplinary records of police officers The Democrats wrested control of the state Senate from Republicans in 2018 during the blue wave mid-term elections and...
    U.S. Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., and Gov. John Carney on Tuesday easily won their Democratic primary battle in the First State. Carney coasted to victory over David Lamar Williams Jr. and Coons defeated progressive activist and political newcomer Jessica Scarane to advance to November’s general election. Carney has said he wants to continue working on racial justice issues. He also said he wants to strengthen public schools, improve Delaware’s infrastructure and clean up the state’s waterways. Carney was elected governor in 2016 after serving three terms in the U.S. House. He served two terms as lieutenant governor from 2001 to 2009 but lost the 2008 Democratic gubernatorial primary to Jack Markell. Coons has served in the Senate since winning a special...
    CNN anchor Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperBiden says Trump downplaying coronavirus threat was 'almost criminal' The progressive intelligentsia worry Trump will prove them irrelevant — again Republicans' convention turns the race in Trump's favor MORE tried to dissuade House GOP candidate Sean Parnell from running against Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.), according to a direct message on Twitter obtained by Fox News. “And best of luck in your race. For the record, I wasn’t trying to talk you out of running -- I was trying to talk you into running in a safer R district! Lol,” Tapper, who is host of "The Lead" and "State of the Union," wrote to Parnell on Nov. 8, 2019, the direct message showed. This is a DM Tapper...
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    BOSTON (AP) — US Rep. Joe Kennedy III concedes defeat to incumbent US Sen. Edward Markey in Massachusetts’ Democratic Senate primary. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Some politicos are wondering in the new age of the Democratic Party whether a member of the Kennedy dynasty stands a chance against a longtime incumbent senator from Massachusetts who’s reinvented himself with young progressive support by brokering the Green New Deal alongside Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, 39, will face off against 74-year-old incumbent Ed Markey in the Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Just two years ago, Kennedy, who’s represented Massachusetts's 4th congressional district since 2013, was chosen to deliver the Democratic Party’s response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. Now, arguably, he’s struggling in the polls. "With all due respect to any pollster at the moment, I wouldn't trust...
    BOSTON (AP) — Democratic voters in four of the state’s nine congressional districts will have a chance to pick a new nominee to represent their party during Tuesday’s Massachusetts primary. In three districts, challengers from within the party are hoping to bump incumbent Democratic U.S. House members out of the running. In one — the state’s 4th Congressional District — voters will choose from seven Democrats hoping to fill the seat left vacant by Rep. Joe Kennedy III’s decision to challenge incumbent Sen. Edward Markey in the state’s Democratic Senate primary. In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Richard Neal is trying to fend off a challenge from Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse. Morse, 31, has positioned himself as a progressive...
    Democrats are still favored to win the Senate majority in November, barring a dramatic change in a swath of races or historically high coattails from President Trump. In order to regain control, Democrats need to flip three to four seats, a plausible task considering the number of Republicans up for reelection who are facing tough challenges. In Arizona, Republican Sen. Martha McSally trails Democratic challenger and former astronaut Mark Kelly in a RealClearPolitics average of polls by 7.4 percentage points. A survey from CNBC found Kelly's lead at 6 points, although neither candidate enjoys over 50% support, the traditional sign of dominance in a campaign. In North Carolina, the race appears more competitive with incumbent Republican Thom...
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday endorsed challenger Joe Kennedy over liberal incumbent Ed Markey in the Massachusetts Senate primary, a move that quickly drew a rebuke from progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Pelosi threw her clout behind Kennedy, a Democratic member of the House, who is trying to unseat Markey, co-author of the Green New Deal, in the Democratic primary on Sept. 1. “Never before have the times demanded that we elect courageous leaders as today, which is why I’m pleased to join so many of my colleagues in endorsing Joe Kennedy III for Senate,” Pelosi said in a statement, citing Kennedy's efforts elect more Democrats to win back the House in 2018. REP. JOE KENNEDY III ANNOUNCES MASSACHUSETTS SENATE PRIMARY CHALLENGE...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi endorsed Democratic Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III on Thursday over incumbent Democratic Sen. Ed Markey in the Senate primary. “Never before have the times demanded we elect courageous leaders as today, and that is why I am proud to endorse Joe Kennedy for Senate,” Pelosi said in a video endorsing Kennedy, adding that in order to “achieve progressive change, you must be on the front lines, leading movements of people.” Pelosi served with Markey in the House for over 25 years, according to the Boston Globe. WATCH: “Joe Kennedy represents this Party’s future. He will help lead Democrats forward on the defining battles of our time,” Pelosi continued. Kennedy responded to the endorsement...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Tuesday saw plenty of high-profile South Florida races for Congress. DISTRICT 20 Democratic incumbent Alcee Hastings easily fended off Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick. It’s still unclear who the Republican nominee will be as Greg Musselwhite and Vic DeGrammont are in a dead heat. DISTRICT 22 James Pruden beat out the other three Republican candidates. He will now face incumbent Ted Deutch, who was unopposed. DISTRICT 23 Debbie Wasserman Schultz ran away with competition, beating out Jennifer Perelman with ease. The eight-term incumbent will face either Michael Kroske or Carla Spalding as it’s still too close to call the Republican winner. DISTRICT 24 Frederica Wilson had no trouble beating her two opponents, taking home 80% of the vote. DISTRICT...
    Remember when political reporters crowed about what a masterful play Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had made when he lined up his caucus to acquit Donald Trump without hearing from a single witness? Yeah, that acquittal came on February 6 when U.S. senators were already getting briefed on the seriousness of the coronavirus’ spread abroad. But Senate Republicans, led by McConnell, fell all over themselves to make sure Trump was at the helm when the pandemic hit U.S. shores. Now, what once looked like a promising cycle for Senate Republicans has turned entirely treacherous precisely because the caucus is saddled with Trump as their standard bearer. Politico reports the party is directing nearly its entire $100 million war chest at saving the seats of eight incumbent senators while the few GOP candidates aiming...
              While there were 115 Tennessee General Assembly seats open for Thursday’s primary, most went uncontested.  In fact, there was just a fractional 36 primaries yielding some surprising results. In the Senate, all of the incumbents won their primary bid. In the House, Representatives Micah Van Huss and Matthew Hill both lost their primaries.  Coupled with Representative Timothy Hill leaving the House to run in the U.S. House District 1 Republican primary, which he also lost, the representation of the northeast corner of the state will undergo dramatic changes. Eddie Mannis, the candidate for District 18 that did not vote for President Trump in the March Presidential Preference Primary and supported Democrat Karl Dean...
    Congressman Roger Marshall fended off 10 challengers, including former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, to win the Republican Senate primary in Kansas. He will now face state Senator Barbara Bollier, who won the Democratic contest on Tuesday, in the general election. While President Trump had not endorsed Kobach in this race, Mr. Trump had backed him in his 2018 gubernatorial race. Kansas was one of five states that held congressional primaries on Tuesday. In Michigan, freshman Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib faced a rematch from her 2018 competitor and in Missouri, 10-term incumbent William Lacy Clay was challenged by Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush, who ultimately defeated Clay. She will face Republican Anthony Rogers in the general election.  Get...
    The Democratic challenger competing against GOP Sen. David Perdue accused the incumbent of running an "anti-Semitic ad." Jon Ossoff, who is Jewish, levied the accusation against the sitting senator after his campaign ran an ad on Facebook that included an image of Ossoff with his nose slightly enlarged while the rest of his facial features had not been altered, according to a Jewish publication the Forward, which cited three graphic design experts. "Sitting U.S. Senator David Perdue's digital attack ad distorted my face to enlarge and extend my nose. I'm Jewish. This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history," Ossoff tweeted in response. "Senator, literally no one believes your excuses." The ad, which included Ossoff and...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Democratic socialist tenant organizer Phara Souffrant Forrest has declared victory over incumbent Walter Mosley in the 57th Assembly District primary election. After trailing Mosley by 588 votes on election night, the Board of Election’s absentee ballot count put Souffrant Forrest, a union nurse, ahead of the eight-year incumbent by over 2,500 votes, according to her campaign. “It was a long wait, but today we can finally say that we did it,” Souffrant Forrest said in a statement on July 22. “Together we made history by electing a socialist nurse in the middle of the worst pandemic in 100 years.” Souffrant Forrest’s...
    Former Bronx middle school principal Jamaal Bowman has beaten 16-term Congressman Eliot Engel in New York's Democratic primary in another upset victory for the party's progressive wing.  The Associated Press called the race Friday after obtaining an absentee vote count that showed Engel narrowly ahead among votes received by mail, but not by nearly the margin necessary to overcome Bowman's primary day advantage. The AP's call came after it obtained the absentee vote count from Westchester County. Votes cast by mail in the Bronx have yet to be released, but an AP analysis of absentee ballots counted so far indicated that Bowman's lead from votes cast in person is too large for Engel to overcome. Bowman won in a campaign...
    Westchester County, NY Democratic nominee for district attorney, Mimi Rocah (right) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● Westchester County, NY District Attorney: On Thursday, more than three weeks after New York held its June 23 Democratic primary, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino conceded defeat to progressive challenger Mimi Rocah. With 41,000 votes tabulated, Rocah, who is a former federal prosecutor, leads Scarpino 68-32. Westchester County is a reliably blue county in most contests and Rocah will be the heavy favorite in November against Republican Bruce...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Democratic socialist Marcela Mitaynes won the District 51 state Assembly seat on July 16 after raking in more absentee votes than 26-year incumbent Félix Ortiz — making her the presumptive Assemblywoman elect of the majority-Democratic district.  Ortiz, who has held the office since 1994, conceded to Mitaynes in a Facebook post.  “The votes have been tallied and the people of the 51st district have elected Marcela Mitaynes to represent them in the New York State Assembly,” wrote Ortiz at 1:45 pm. “I congratulate her and wish her the best going forward.” Mitaynes, a tenant organizer and Sunset Park community activist, came...
    Democrats hoping to unseat Republicans in 10 key U.S. Senate races outraised their opponents by $34 million over the three month quarter ending June 30, Federal Election Commission filings show. The 10 Democrats raised a total of $86 million compared to the $52 million that Republicans raised, Reuters reported. Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky were outraised by approximately $5.6 million and $5.2 million respectively, FEC filings show.  “If they are defending these seats, that suggests there are really no offensive opportunities,” Henry Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a conservative think tank, told Reuters. (RELATED: Former Auburn Coach Tommy Tuberville Defeats Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions In Alabama Senate...
    Roger Sollenberger July 14, 2020 10:00AM (UTC) At age 22, Alex Morse was elected mayor of Holyoke, Massachusetts, while still a senior at Brown University, becoming the youngest openly gay mayor in America. It's the only job he's known for his adult working life. Morse trying to change that now, running as a progressive in the Democratic primary against Rep. Richard Neal, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, and has represented Massachusetts in Congress for almost as long as Morse has been alive. The primary will be held Sept. 1. : Morse comes across as thoughtful and self-assured, with an irrepressible lifelong love for, of all things, local civics, which he's been engaged with since middle school. He spoke with Salon about what motivated him to...
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) – John James, Michigan republican senate challenger to Democratic incumbent Gary Peters has raised $6.4 million, topping Peters who has raised, $5.2 million. It was the fourth straight quarter in which the businessman and Army veteran outraised the first-term senator since entering the race about a year ago. Peters reported he had more than $12 million on hand, while James did not release that figure. Both candidates reported record quarterly hauls and success tapping small-dollar donors — at least 95% of their donations were for $100 or less. “Michigan cannot wait any longer for battle-tested leadership and that is exactly what this grassroots momentum shows,” said Abby Walls, James’ spokeswoman, who called Peters a failed “career partisan...
    Lauren Boebert, the owner of a gun-friendly restaurant who has expressed support of the QAnon conspiracy theory, won the Republican primary for Colorado’s 3rd district in an upset victory over incumbent Rep. Scott Tipton. Hide Tipton, a five-term congressman, was widely expected to win the race, even receiving an endorsement from President Trump on Monday. Hide “Congressman @ScottRTipton is a great supporter of the #MAGA Agenda!” Trump tweeted. “He fights for your #2A rights and the Border Wall. Scott is working hard for Colorado and has my Complete and Total Endorsement! #CO03” Donald J. Trump/Twitter Boebert, however, campaigned on being the true pro-Trump candidate, claiming “draining the swamp starts at home!” and pledging to take on “socialists” like Rep. Alexandria...
    Westchester County, New York district attorney candidate Mimi Rocah (D) The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● New York: Two reform-minded challengers are leading incumbent district attorneys following New York's Democratic primaries on Tuesday, though we'll need to wait until the state tabulates its absentee ballots next week to know for sure who won. In Westchester County just north of New York City, former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah is outpacing District Attorney Anthony Scarpino by a wide 68-32 margin with 41,000 votes counted. Meanwhile, in Tompkins County...
    The progressive wave spurred by democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez two years ago continued with a vengeance in Queens Tuesday night, with insurgents toppling two — and possibly three — Assembly Democratic incumbents in Queens. In Assembly District 34, which includes the hard-hit by coronavirus neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Woodside, Corona, Elmhurst and Maspeth, Working Families Party favorite Jessica Gonzalez-Rojas led incumbent Michael DenDekker by 20 points with 80 percent of the machine vote in. In Queens’ Assembly District 38 (Ridgewood, Glendale, Woodhaven, Ozone Park and Richmond Hill), challenger Jenifer Rajkumar led incumbent Michael Miller 52 percent to 25 percent with more than 80 percent of the votes in. Meanwhile in AD 36 (Astoria, Long Island City) progressive favorite...
    ATLANTA (AP) - Democratic voters in Georgia on Tuesday will choose between seven contenders who want to challenge incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Republican David Perdue. Also on the ballot for the Democratic and Republican primary elections are 16 contested U.S. House seats, dozens of state House and state Senate seats, and two state Supreme Court positions. Voters will also get their say in long-delayed presidential primaries, even though President Donald Trump and Joe Biden have wrapped up their parties’ respective nominations. Trump is the only choice on the Republican ballot. Appearing beside Biden on the ballots, which were printed months ago, are the names of 11 other candidates who have since dropped out of the race. TOP STORIES...