June has been a busy month for primaries, and they’re not over. We still don’t have results in key races.
Most notably, Kentucky’s US Senate race is too close to call, three days out from Election Day. Amy McGrath was the favorite for most of the campaign, but now it looks like Charles Booker, who has made racial justice a centerpiece of his campaign, might win the nomination.
It’s so important we ditch Mitch McConnell this fall. We know both candidates could give him a serious challenge, so we’re hoping the race is resolved soon.
In New York, the hotly contested primaries were in the House. No winner has yet been called in one of this year’s most-flippable seats: NY-1, where Nancy Goroff is running slightly behind Perry Gershon, 34% to 36%. We might not know the final results until June 30, when absentee ballots will be counted.
In three other flippable districts, we do have winners. In NY-2, Jackie Gordon claimed victory with 73% of the vote. In NY-24, Dana Balter’s opponent conceded only a few hours ago. And in NY-21, Tedra Cobb won easily (she had no challenger) in what will now be a bruising fight to flip the seat held by Rep. Elise Stefanik, one of Trump’s most sycophantic supporters during this year’s impeachment trial.
(Yes, that was just this year. We know, it seems like another lifetime.)
Many incumbent women faced tough primaries as well, including Rep. Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) who’s ahead of her opponent by less than 2 points currently.
We’ll start watching the primaries again on July 14, when Maine and Texas have runoff elections. In the meantime, can you chip in $5 or more to each of our June Primary Winners, so they have the resources they need to flip seats in November?