Meanwhile, in House primaries across the country, Republicans have largely opted to retain their incumbents, dismissing challenges from candidates who have tried to align themselves more closely with former President Donald Trump.
California was the largest state to vote on Tuesday. But the final results in many close races won’t be known for days or weeks, because mail-in ballots – the way the most votes in a state are cast – that are postmarked on Election Day will be counted as long as they arrive by the end of the week, and voters are given Those whose ballots are having problems matching their signature time to “cure” those problems.
Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, New Jersey and South Dakota also held primaries on Tuesday.
Here are six takeaways from today’s racing:
Bowden’s loss was a sign of the progressive prosecution movement
The summons of San Francisco County District Attorney Chesa Bowden may not have blanket national repercussions — issues and local sentiments among voters vary from city to city — but the loss is a clear sign against the progressive attorney general movement that Boden’s 2019 victory helped spur.
And it could serve as a warning to National Democrats that the way voters in liberal bastions feel about their cities—particularly the rise in homelessness—is more telling of how they vote than actual crime rates and the data.
Bowden’s victory three years ago, against a backdrop of concerns about police misconduct, criminal justice reform and mass incarceration, was a loud signal for the movement to elect more progressive prosecutors to senior positions. But his tenure has been defined by the coronavirus pandemic and the feeling among San Francisco residents that crime, especially property crime, has not been a priority for county attorneys and is out of control.
On Tuesday, voters issued a swift verdict on Bowden, suggesting that his lenient approach to certain types of crime is unacceptable.
However, the loss is far from the end for the liberal cities’ election to progressive prosecutors. Philadelphia Attorney General Larry Krasner wins re-election and Alvin Bragg, the federal attorney general and former New York state attorney general, becomes Manhattan District Attorney in 2021 — both winning the progressive attorney general movement.
Republican incumbents often overcome challenges from the right
House Republicans who faced primaries from the right — largely from challengers who argued the incumbents were not sufficiently supportive of Trump — either won or were in a position to survive Tuesday’s contests.
Republic of South Dakota. Dusty Johnson repels a challenge from the state representative. Tavi Howard, who criticized his vote to ratify the 2020 election and embraced Trump’s lies about voter fraud.
New Jersey delegate. Chris Smith, a moderate Republican who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill, pushed back a host of challengers including conservative radio host Mike Crespi, who was backed by Trump allies including Roger Stone and Rudy Giuliani.
In California’s open primary, where the two frontrunners, regardless of party, move into the November general election, are Representatives. David Valadao and Young Kim – two Republicans who have won tough races – were in a position to advance after challenges from Trump loyalists, although there are still more votes to be counted.
One race to watch is a primary election in the Montana House of Representatives. Ryan Zinke, the former congressman who resigned as Trump’s secretary of the interior and faced questions about his residency, and faced questions about his residency, narrowly led the former state senator. Al Olszewski also had the votes counted early Wednesday morning.
The Mississippi Republican faces a rebellion within the party
re \ come back. Stephen Palazzo failed to achieve the majority he needed to avoid a run-off in the primary for his seat on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
It remains unclear with whom the Palazzo will face on June 28, as Jackson County Mayor Mike Ezel leads Hancock County businessman Clay Wagner to second place early Wednesday, but if Tuesday’s vote is a referendum on the incumbent, it’s still unclear who will face the Palazzo on June 28. Seriously Palazzo. Risk.
His chief weakness stemmed from a malicious ethical report that found him likely to misuse campaign and congressional funds, dispatched personnel on personal orders and sought to use his office to help his brother rejoin the Navy.
He then made his decision to sign a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to end proxy voting in Congress. The case: Palazzo later profited from the practice, leading to accusations of hypocrisy from his rivals.
The expert came late in the campaign, when he pleaded with a candidate forum, citing “national security meetings” — an excuse that was undermined somewhat by his posting online photos of a meal with his son at a local restaurant during the event.
LA main race advances to replay
The race isn’t set to be the next flagship in Los Angeles until November, without businessman Rick Caruso nor the Rep. Karen Bass managed to win over 50% of the vote on Tuesday night.
Caruso and Bass ran on the need to tackle homelessness and crime, but they tackled the issues with markedly different solutions and methods, differences that will likely define their campaign through November.
Caruso, a real estate developer who worked for years to gain private influence in Los Angeles, argued that the city was in a “state of emergency,” referring to “rampant homelessness” and “people living in fear for their safety.” Caruso promised to increase the size of the Los Angeles Police Department, in the face of efforts to “defund the police.”
Bass, a longtime congresswoman and former California State Assembly member, has been progressively involved, highlighting her connections to the city and the years of service that she represents.
But Caruso’s strong performance on Tuesday will provide a warning to more traditional Democrats going down their records, especially if the bulk of that time has been spent in Congress, a body highly disrespected by Democrats and Republicans alike.
The Democratic Establishment governs the state of New Jersey. second.
It was a bad night for progressive foreigners in the New Jersey Democratic primary, as party heavyweights — and the machines that secure their influence — scored a string of resounding victories.
In the Tenth Congressional District, Republic. Donald Payne Jr. He easily defeated left-wing challenger Emani Oakley, the former New Jersey legislative director for working families. Oakley had raised money in a better-than-expected segment, but Paine benefited from reinforcements from the Founding Allies—a support Oakley did not receive from the Progressives.
Paine’s low profile on Capitol Hill, where he took a seat he took from his late father a decade ago, may have made the North Jersey area attractive to progressive groups if he showed signs of weakness on Tuesday. But his resounding re-election may also stave off another, better-organized challenge in two years’ time.
It was a similar grim story for progressives in the neighboring 8th congressional district, where Robert Menendez Jr., the son of a New Jersey senator, was. Bob Menendez, defeated rival David Ocampo Gragales and Ann Roseborough Eberhard.
Menendez Jr., who has never held a position, is on his way to replace the retired MP. Albio Ceres, who – along with a handful of local power brokers – endorsed the younger Menendez early on, effectively shutting out any chance of a competitive race.
A rising star is on fire in Iowa
In 2018, Abby Finkenauer rode the blue wave nationwide to become a congressman and a rising star in the Iowa Democratic Party.
Four years and two losses after that, Vincenore was on fire.
The former congressman lost to Mike Franken in the Senate Democratic primary on Tuesday, setting up a match between a retired Navy admiral and a Republican senator. Chuck Grassley, the longtime legislator who is running for his eighth term. But the story from the Democratic primary is how a candidate who is seen as a candidate for the nomination squandered her chance.
Democrats have long been skeptical that, should Grassley run, Finkenor or any Iowa Democrat would be able to oust him. But when she announced last year, Finkenauer was seen as the favorite – a former congressman with deep ties to President Joe Biden who won in a Republican district in 2018 but lost a race close two years later.
Then came campaign mishaps, most notably when Finkenauer’s campaign reduced the number of signatures required for a primary ballot, opening the door to challenging its appearance. Democrats only qualified after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in April that she could appear, reversing a lower court ruling.
Finkenauer’s loss is another example of how quickly someone can fall into the party.