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THE NEUTRAL ZONE

Tuesday’s primaries ended without final calls in many highly contested elections, though some results showed trends “shaking both parties right now.” Delayed results stem from the pandemic, which drove a huge number of voters to cast absentee ballots. 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won the Republican nomination in hopes of a seventh term, but his general election challenger remains unknown as Kentucky awaits the outcome of a competitive Democratic primary. Tuesday’s Kentucky primaries garnered concern as only one polling place was designated in Louisville for voters who didn’t cast in mail-in ballots. Voting was briefly extended at the single polling place, allowing more than 100 people waiting outside the building to vote. New York and Virginia also saw reduced polling stations, though voters still turned out. 

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her first Democratic primary as an incumbent despite well-funded opposition. Voters will likely have to wait to find out who won other New York primary elections, including the state legislature, Congress, and other offices due to the deluge of absentee ballots that will not begin to be counted until July 1. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

Progressive Wing Has Strong Night in Democratic Primaries – The Wall Street Journal – 6/24/2020
Progressive candidates made a strong showing in Democratic primaries Tuesday, as states faced some complaints from voters but nothing approaching the kind of logistical problems seen on recent voting days in states such as Georgia and Wisconsin.

Primary voters in New York and Kentucky turn out despite pandemic – Politico – 6/23/2020
As candidates in New York and Kentucky duked it out during the last heated hours of their congressional primaries, voters faced a battle of their own: casting their ballots amid a global pandemic.

Bowman holds double-digit lead over Engel in NY primary – The Hill – 6/24/2020
Progressive insurgent Jamaal Bowman was leading Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) by double digits in one of the most heavily anticipated primaries of the year on Tuesday as officials continued to count votes.

McGrath and Booker fight for chance to face McConnell, as votes are still being tallied in Kentucky – Fox News – 6/23/2020
The battle to see who will face off against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., this fall is still undecided as votes tallied late into Tuesday evening in a Democratic primary between former U.S. Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath and upstart progressive Charles Booker

INFLUENCER PERSPECTIVE

PolitiFact on Twitter, 6/24/2020: For Kentucky’s primary, the number of in-person polling places was cut significantly, but the state expanded mail balloting and early voting. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, so they will continue to flow into election offices for several days.

shar jossell on Twitter, 6/24/2020: Voter suppression was working overtime in Kentucky yesterday! Originally 3,700 polling places whittled down to less than 200. 😳

brianweeden on Twitter, 6/24/2020: This is an excellent story about what actually happened during Kentucky’s primary yesterday, contrary to many of the claims about widespread voter suppression

aaron navarro on Twitter, 6/24/2020: My dispatch of where things stand in New York, where @JamaalBowmanNY has a strong lead in his high profile #NY16 challenge. But absentee ballots will be counted in a week, and @RepEliotEngel’s camp says there’s “way too many” left to call the race now.

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