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16 mins ago

Republican Troy Downing wins Montana primary race to replace Rep. Matt Rosendale

From Cami Mondeaux


Republican Troy Downing wins Montana primary race to replace Rep. Matt Rosendale

U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., speaks with reporters after filing to run for the U.S. Senate on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 in the Montana State Capitol in Helena. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP)

Montana State Auditor Troy Downing won the contested Republican primary to replace the retiring Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-MT), who announced earlier this year he would not run for reelection in the solidly Republican seat. 

Downing won the race for Montana’s 2nd Congressional District with 37.9% of the vote with 4% of ballots tallied. The Associated Press called the race in Downing’s favor at 9:27 p.m. local time.

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35 mins ago

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks to face rematch for key Iowa House seat

From Cami Mondeaux


Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks to face rematch for key Iowa House seat

FILE – Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, attends a panel discussion in the U.S. Pavilion at the COP27 U.N. Climate Summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, Nov. 11, 2022. (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell, File)

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) won the GOP primary for Iowa’s 1st Congressional District, setting the stage for a rematch against Christina Bohannan in November.

Miller-Meeks won after receiving 55% of the vote with 87% of ballots tallied, defeating marketing consultant David Pautsch. The Associated Press called the race at 10:59 p.m.

The first-term incumbent will go on to face Bohannan, who won her uncontested primary on Tuesday night. Miller-Meeks defeated Bohannan by 6.8 points in the 2022 midterm election.

1 hour ago

Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte overcomes primary challenge from his right

From Cami Mondeaux


Republican Gov. Greg Gianforte overcomes primary challenge from his right

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte overcame a primary challenge despite arguments from his opponent that the first-term incumbent was not conservative enough for the position.

Gianforte won after receiving 77% of the vote with 32% of the ballots tallied — coming in above state Rep. Tanner Smith, who garnered only 23% of the vote.

Gianforte’s victory comes despite criticism from Smith that he did not wield his governorship effectively enough to implement conservative policies. However, Gianforte pointed to several endorsements from conservative groups such as the National Rifle Association to brush off the attacks.

Gianforte is set to face off against Democrat Ryan Busse for the seat in November.

1 hour ago

Tim Sheehy wins Montana Senate GOP primary in quest to unseat Tester

From Ramsey Touchberry


Tim Sheehy wins Montana Senate GOP primary in quest to unseat Tester

FILE – Senate candidate Tim Sheehy talks about his campaign, Feb. 9, 2024, in Helena, Mont. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Former Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy won the Montana Senate GOP primary Tuesday and will go on to face Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in the hotly contested general election that could determine party control of the chamber.

The Associated Press called the race for Sheehy at 8:37 p.m. Mountain time, 37 minutes after the polls closed. With about 27% of the ballots counted, Sheehy led with nearly 76% of the vote.

Sheehy, who is backed by former President Donald Trump, beat former Montana Public Service Commissioner Brad Johnson and past congressional candidate Charles Walking Child.

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1 hour ago

Tester wins Montana Senate Democratic primary in bid for fourth term

From Ramsey Touchberry


Tester wins Montana Senate Democratic primary in bid for fourth term

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks about the border security talks, outside the chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) won the Montana Senate Democratic primary on Tuesday and will go on to face the Republican victor in a hotly contested race that is crucial for Democrats to maintain their chamber majority.

The Associated Press called the race for Tester at 8:30 p.m. Mountain time, 30 minutes after the polls closed. With about 14% of the ballots counted, Tester led with nearly 98% of the vote against Democrat Michael Hummert.

2 hours ago

Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra handily defeats primary challenger

From Cami Mondeaux


Iowa Rep. Randy Feenstra handily defeats primary challenger

U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Iowa, listens to Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speak during a fundraising picnic, Saturday, May 13, 2023, in Sioux Center, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-IA) easily won his primary election on Tuesday, overcoming a challenge from Kevin Virgil.

Feenstra won the race with 62% of the vote with roughly 45% of ballots tallied. The Associated Press called the race at 9:10 p.m. local time.

The second-term incumbent was challenged by Virgil, who argued that Feenstra’s legislative agenda and votes were largely influenced by super PACs that donated to his campaign. However, Virgil only managed to secure 37% of the vote.

Feenstra will go on to face Democratic candidate Ryan Melton, who won his party’s nomination on Tuesday after running uncontested. The district is rated as R+16.

2 hours ago

Democrat Andy Kim to face Republican Curtis Bashaw in New Jersey Senate race

From Ramsey Touchberry


Democrat Andy Kim to face Republican Curtis Bashaw in New Jersey Senate race

Rep. Andy Kim talks to reporters at the Bergen County Democratic convention in Paramus, N.J., Monday, March 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Republican businessman Curtis Bashaw won the New Jersey GOP Senate primary Tuesday, teeing up a general election showdown with Democratic nominee Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ).

The Associated Press called the race at 9:08 p.m. Bashaw holds roughly 52% of the vote with about 54% counted. Bashaw beat Trump-backed Serrano Glassner, whose husband, Michael Glassner, was a former chief adviser to the ex-president.

The candidates are vying to replace indicted Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who will run for reelection as an independent if he’s exonerated by a Manhattan jury in his ongoing federal public corruption trial.

2 hours ago

Herb Conaway wins New Jersey House primary to replace Rep. Andy Kim

From Cami Mondeaux


Herb Conaway wins New Jersey House primary to replace Rep. Andy Kim

A New Jersey primary ballot has an “office-block ballot” design in Rutherford, New Jersey, on Friday, May 10, 2024. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey)

New Jersey state Rep. Herb Conaway won the contested Democratic primary to replace Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ), who announced he would not run for reelection to his safe Democratic seat and would instead vie to run for Senate.

Conaway won the race for New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District with 47.9% of the vote with 26.3% of ballots tallied. The Associated Press called the race in Conaway’s favor at 9:22 p.m.

Conaway faced a crowded field of Democrats who sought to replace Kim as he steps down from the lower chamber next year, including fellow state Rep. Carol Murphy and civil rights attorney Joe Cohn.

3 hours ago

Rep. Rob Menendez wins New Jersey House primary despite father’s indictment

From Cami Mondeaux


Rep. Rob Menendez wins New Jersey House primary despite father’s indictment

FILE — Rob Menendez, son of the current U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, greets supporters while holding his daughter Olivia, 2, after voting in Jersey City, N.J., June 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rep. Rob Menendez (D-NJ) Tuesday fended off a primary challenge from Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla, setting the stage for a second term despite his father’s criminal indictment looming over the family.

Menendez won the primary for New Jersey’s 8th Congressional District after garnering 53.5% of the vote with 42% of the vote counted. The Associated Press called the race at 9:19 p.m., just over an hour after polls closed. 

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3 hours ago

Trump easily wins New Mexico primary

From Mabinty Quarshie


Trump easily wins New Mexico primary

Former President Donald Trump gestures as he returns to court after a lunch break, at Manhattan criminal court in New York, on May 16, 2024. (Mike Segar/Pool Photo via AP)

In his first contested primary Tuesday night, Trump cruised to victory.

The Associated Press called the New Mexico GOP primary for Trump at 9:07 p.m. Eastern. The former president won nearly 86% of the vote with 8% of votes counted.

But after being convicted of 34 criminal counts last week, Trump faced some protest votes. Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley won nearly 8% of the vote in New Mexico, and another 3% voted uncommitted in the primary.

Elsewhere, Trump ran in an uncontested South Dakota GOP primary. He also ran unopposed in New Jersey as well, giving him two easy wins.

3 hours ago

Rep. Gabe Vasquez and Republican Yvette Herrell head for rematch in fight for New Mexico House seat

From Cami Mondeaux


Rep. Gabe Vasquez and Republican Yvette Herrell head for rematch in fight for New Mexico House seat

Yvette Herrell and Rep. Gabe Vasquez (D-TX). (AP Photos)

Rep. Gabe Vasquez (D-NM) and Republican candidate Yvette Herrell emerged from their uncontested primaries on Tuesday night, setting the stage for a competitive rematch to control New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District.

The races were called shortly after polls closed at 9 p.m. Eastern, as neither Vasquez nor Herrell faced challengers for their party’s nominations. The two will face each other in the November election in what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive elections of the 2024 cycle.

However, Vasquez could face an uphill battle as he seeks reelection as he faces backlash from criminal allegations dating back 20 years. Those reports, which were independently confirmed by the Washington Examiner, show Vasquez once called his former place of employment in 2004 and used a racial slur.

3 hours ago

Biden glides to victory in South Dakota and New Mexico

From Mabinty Quarshie


Biden glides to victory in South Dakota and New Mexico

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Just one minute after polls closed in South Dakota at 9 p.m. Eastern, the Associated Press called the race for Biden.

The president won nearly 58% of the vote with 5% of the vote counted for, according to the Associated Press.

In New Mexico, Biden won nearly 91% of the vote, with “uncommitted” garnering 6.2% with 8% of votes counted. The Associated Press called the race seven minutes after polls closed at 9 p.m. Eastern.

3 hours ago

DC Councilwoman Janeese George wins reelection despite ‘soft-on-crime’ criticism

From Cami Mondeaux


DC Councilwoman Janeese George wins reelection despite ‘soft-on-crime’ criticism

District of Columbia Ward 4 Councilwoman Janeese Lewis George, speaks to a crowd of people gathered outside the Supreme Court, early Tuesday, May 3, 2022 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington, D.C., Councilwoman Janeese Lewis George sailed to reelection on Tuesday despite facing challenges from two opponents who have criticized the first-term lawmaker for her stance on public safety issues.

George won reelection after receiving 66% of the vote with about 83% of ballots tallied, according to the New York Times. Challengers Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Lisa Gore and Paul Johnson received 28% and 5%, respectively.

Gore and Johnson sought to portray George as being too soft on crime while citing record-high crime rates the district has reported over the last few years. George pushed back on those arguments, noting she was the only candidate who has previously worked as a prosecutor, which she said would help with reining in crime around the capital.

Crime has become a focal point of local elections in Washington, especially as the district has garnered national attention from congressional Republicans who have criticized Democratic leadership in the district for the rising crime rates.

3 hours ago

Polls close in Iowa, New Mexico and South Dakota

From Mabinty Quarshie


Polls close in Iowa, New Mexico and South Dakota

Voting Booths set up in rows on Election Day

Polls in three states, Iowa, New Mexico, and South Dakota, closed at 9 p.m. Eastern as voters decided which candidates in congressional primaries will face off in November.

Four congressional primaries in Iowa, a Senate primary and three House primaries in New Mexico, and one House primary in South Dakota will be decided.

Iowa presidential primaries have already been called, but in New Mexico and South Dakota, Trump and Biden are expected to win their primaries after already clinching their party’s presidential nominations.

4 hours ago

Robert White handily wins reelection to DC at-large council seat

From Cami Mondeaux


Robert White handily wins reelection to DC at-large council seat

A sign for an early voting site at the Stead Park Recreation Center is photographed in northwest Washington, on May 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Robert Yoon)

Washington, D.C., Councilman Robert White cruised to reelection, easily defeating former comedian Rodney “Red” Grant for the at-large seat.

White won after receiving 84% of the vote with 42% of the ballots tallied in the district, according to the New York Times. His victory puts him in position to win reelection in November, as Democrats are favored to win all council seats in the district.

White has served on the Council of the District of Columbia since 2016.

4 hours ago

Andy Kim wins Democratic primary for New Jersey Senate seat

From Ramsey Touchberry


Andy Kim wins Democratic primary for New Jersey Senate seat

FILE — Rep. Andy Kim greets supporters outside the Bergen County Democratic convention in Paramus, N.J., March 4, 2024. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) won the Democratic primary Tuesday evening for New Jersey’s Senate seat, beating two opponents in a bid to replace embattled Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

The Associated Press called the race for Kim at 8:14 p.m., mere minutes after the polls closed in the Garden State. With only 8% of the ballots counted, Kim led with just under 80% of the vote.

Kim glided to victory against progressive activist Lawrence Hamm, who unsuccessfully ran against Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) in 2020, and labor leader Patricia Campos Medina. The contest marked the first step toward Senate Democrats, most of whom have called on Menendez to resign, ditching him from their ranks.

Menendez, currently on trial in New York for federal public corruption charges that include bribery and acting as a foreign agent for Egypt and Qatar, did not file to run in the Democratic primary.

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4 hours ago

Biden nets easy wins in DC and New Jersey primaries

From Mabinty Quarshie


Biden nets easy wins in DC and New Jersey primaries

President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to SOUTH Restaurant & Jazz Club, Wednesday, May 29, 2024, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Less than 15 minutes after polls closed in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, the Associated Press called both primary races for President Joe Biden.

In New Jersey, Biden won 86.7% of the vote with 4% of votes counted, while “uncommitted” garnered nearly 11% of the vote.

In the nation’s capital, Biden won more than 90% of the vote with 5% of votes counted. More than 5% of voters opted to write in a candidate rather than vote for Biden.

4 hours ago

Polls close in DC and New Jersey with Menendez legacy on the line

From Hailey Bullis


Polls close in DC and New Jersey with Menendez legacy on the line

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., leaves Manhattan federal court after the second day of jury selection in his trial, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

Polls are now closed in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., with embattled Sen. Bob Menendez’s (D-NJ) seat at stake and his son, Rep. Rob Menendez (D-NJ), staring down a competitive primary challenge of his own.

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Bob Menendez, who filed to be an independent Monday, is not on the Democratic primary ballot.

In Washington, D.C., the district’s council seats are being decided in the first primary election in which noncitizens are allowed to cast ballots for district offices. In Ward 7, the seat is open with former Mayor Vincent Gray retiring after a series of health troubles.

4 hours ago

Matt Rosendale seat up for grabs after Republican’s short Senate bid

From Cami Mondeaux


Matt Rosendale seat up for grabs after Republican’s short Senate bid

FILE – Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Jan. 10, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib, File)

Rep. Matt Rosendale’s (R-MT) House seat is up for grabs after he launched a short-lived bid for Senate before later announcing he would not seek reelection to Congress at all.

The crowded Republican primary to replace Rosendale in the 2nd Congressional District includes former Rep. Denny Rehberg, state Auditor Troy Downing, and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen.

Four Democrats are running in the primary, including former pharmaceutical sales representative Ming Cabrera, former Public Service Commissioner John Driscoll, business owner Kevin Hamm, and rancher Steve Held.

Mabinty Quarshie contributed to this report.

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7 hours ago

Democrats battle to replace indicted Bob Menendez

From Mabinty Quarshie


Democrats battle to replace indicted Bob Menendez

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, leaves the Manhattan federal court after the second day of jury selection in his trial, Tuesday, May, 14, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Stefan Jeremiah)

Three New Jersey Democrats are facing off Tuesday to replace Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who has held the seat for nearly two decades.

Rep. Andy Kim (D-NJ) has emerged as the front-runner. The primary battle comes as Menendez has bowed out of contention as he faces a criminal indictment after allegedly accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes “to use his official position to protect and enrich them and to benefit the Government of Egypt,” according to the indictment.

Menendez is considering running as an independent in the November election.

Cami Mondeaux contributed to this report.

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8 hours ago

Republicans to decide on who will take on Sen. Jon Tester

From Cami Mondeaux


Republicans to decide on who will take on Sen. Jon Tester

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., speaks about the border security talks, outside the chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Republicans are set to decide Tuesday which candidate they want to take on Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) in November.

Republican and ex-Navy SEAL Tim Sheehy, backed by Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, is the likely winner in the GOP race to take on Tester. Sheehy’s other rivals include former Montana Public Service Commissioner Brad Johnson and past congressional candidate Charles Walking Child.

One of the most vulnerable Democrats up for reelection this cycle, Tester has touted his efforts to buck President Joe Biden, whose poll numbers have been underwater in a state Trump won in 2020.

Democrats need Tester to win in November in order to help maintain control of the Senate.

Mabinty Quarshie contributed to this report.

Click here to read more about Tuesday’s primaries.

9 hours ago

Washington DC primary day: What to know

From Ailin Vilches Arguello


Washington DC primary day: What to know

A sign for an early voting site at the Stead Park Recreation Center is photographed in northwest Washington, D.C., May 29, 2024. (AP Photo/Robert Yoon)

Given Washington, D.C.’s strong Democratic tilt — President Joe Biden won the district with 92% of the vote in 2020 — Tuesday’s Democratic primary winners are likely to be elected in November, putting the focus on the Council of the District of Columbia race, where there are five contested seats.

U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens can participate in the primaries. 

Voters must be at least 17 years old, reach age 18 before the next general election, and have local residency since at least May 5, 2024. 

It is important for voters not to have claimed residency or be registered to vote anywhere else and not to have been found legally incompetent to vote by a court.

Click here to find out more about the Washington, D.C., primary

9 hours ago

Biden and Trump protest votes could persist Tuesday

From Mabinty Quarshie


Biden and Trump protest votes could persist Tuesday

President Joe Biden. left, and Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump, right. (AP Photo)

President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump have struggled to coalesce notable blocks of their parties throughout the primary season, as some voters have continued to opt to cast their ballots in protest of either candidate becoming their party nominee.

Democratic voters angered over the Biden administration’s handling have opted to vote “uncommitted” or stage write-in campaigns during the primary season.

Some Montana voters have already indicated they choose to vote no preference during the state’s Democratic primary.

New Mexico voters will also have the option to vote for an “uncommitted delegate” should they wish to snub Biden during the primary, Washington, D.C., residents can write in a candidate, and in New Jersey, voters have an uncommitted option.

Trump, meanwhile, has struggled to pull in voters from former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s campaign months after she suspended her candidacy.

And, after Trump was found guilty of 34 counts of falsifying records by a New York jury, all eyes will be waiting to see how many voters choose to vote for Haley.

Click here to read more about Tuesday’s primaries.

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