(Reuters) – New York, Kentucky and Virginia are among the states that held primary elections on Tuesday to elect Democratic and Republican candidates to compete for seats in the United States Congress in November.
In New York City, New York, USA USA, June 23, 2020, a voting sign is displayed. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri
Here are details of the key races:
LIBERAL BOWMAN LEADS LONG-TERM INCUMBENT ENGEL
Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, was following his Democratic opponent, Jamaal Bowman, in the first results. Bowman accused Engel of not being in contact with the New York district that encompasses parts of the Bronx and Westchester County that he has served since 1989.
The battle between 73-year-old Engel and Bowman, a 44-year-old black school principal, pitted the party’s establishment against its more liberal wing. Engel was backed by Democrats, including 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, while her rival won the backing of progressive leaders like Ocasio-Cortez and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Absentee ballots will not be counted in full for another week.
AOC BESTS CHALLENGER IN EARLY RESULTS
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, leader of the progressive Democratic Party movement, was way ahead of challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former and moderate TV presenter. The New York Times stated that Ocasio-Cortez was the winner.
Ocasio-Cortez, known as AOC, brought a large campaign war chest and national profile to her bid for a second term in her diverse district spanning parts of the Bronx and Queens in New York City. She won around 70% of the vote. Caruso-Cabrera had the backing of the conservative United States Chamber of Commerce.
MALONEY SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF THE CHALLENGE IN REMATCH
Rep Carolyn Maloney was slightly ahead of her opponent, Suraj Patel, in the first returns in a rematch of her 2018 career.
Like Bowman, Patel was trying to present himself as the candidate for change, while Maloney, aiming for his fifteenth term, touted his legislative achievements. They were competing to represent some of the wealthiest parts of Manhattan, including those residing in the Trump Tower, along with parts of Queens and Brooklyn.
FORMER FIGHTING BALL IN A KENTUCKY DOG FIGHT
Amy McGrath was the preferred candidate for the establishment of the Democratic Party in the primary race of the Kentucky Senate in the USA. USA That will decide who will face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Republican, in November.
She led opponent Charles Booker, an African American state legislator, by about eight percentage points in preliminary results, the New York Times said. But because absentee ballots are still pending, final results won’t be known until June 30, Kentucky officials said.
Booker saw his prospects rise with Democratic voters amid national protests against police brutality.
‘SIR. NO ‘GOALS TO MOVE BEYOND SPAT WITH TRUMP
Representative Thomas Massie, who some call “Mr. No” for his votes against the legislation, declared victory over challenger Todd McMurtry at a Republican primary in northern Kentucky. Final results are not expected until June 30.
In March, President Donald Trump was enraged over a parliamentary measure that Massie temporarily organized to pass a $ 2.3 billion coronavirus relief bill that the president supported.
PICK TRUMP LOSES IN NORTH CAROLINA
A Trump-backed candidate lost the Republican runoff in a congressional district in North Carolina. Madison Cawthorn beat Lynda Bennett, who was also backed by Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who previously held the post. Cawthorn, 24, will face Democrat Moe Davis in the November election.
THE DREAM OF THE DEMOCRATS IN VIRGINIA
Dr. Cameron Webb defeated several Democrats in the party primaries for a seat in the United States House of Representatives representing central Virginia that Democrats hope to wrest from Republicans.
Democrats’ hopes of capturing the seat increased after acting Republican Denver Riggleman lost his main bet to more conservative Bob Good.
Report by Richard Cowan; Leslie Adler and Lincoln Feast edition.