THE NEUTRAL ZONE
In five primaries across the country, congressional and gubernatorial races were called as some states still wait for mail-in ballots to be counted.
In a major victory for progressives, activist Cori Bush upset incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Mo., to make a bid for the House in November. Clay has represented Missouri’s first district since 2001. He succeeded his father, Rep. Bill Clay, who held the seat for 32 years. Bush is expected to win the Democratic-leaning district in November.
Republican voters in Kansas chose the “more moderate” Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., over former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach for the state’s open Senate seat. Republican leadership feared that a nomination of “firebrand” Kobach, a well-known supporter of President Donald Trump, could potentially lead to the party losing its first Senate contest in the state in nearly 90 years.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., overcame challenger Brenda Jones for a strong position for re-election in Michigan’s 13th district. Tlaib beat Jones by a 32% margin when the AP called the race Wednesday morning. Interim Gov. Mike Parson won the state’s Republican gubernatorial primary with more than 78% of the vote.
In Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee comfortably moved forward in the state’s gubernatorial primary as he looks to become the first incumbent to be elected to a third term in Washington in over 40 years. Most Arizona incumbents maintained their positions to move on to the general election in November.
After votes were initially cast 6 weeks ago, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., and New York City council member Ritchie Torres were declared the winners of their respective contests in the New York Democratic congressional primaries on Tuesday.
Activist Cori Bush Defeats 20-Year Incumbent In Missouri House Race – Essence – 8/5/2020
Cori Bush came out of the Ferguson uprising determined to change her community on a political level and first challenged Clay in 2018. Though she failed to garner the votes in that election, Tuesday’s primary saw her capture nearly 49 percent of the vote to Clay’s 45.5 percent.
Kobach and Clay go down: Takeaways from a big primary night – Politico – 8/5/2020
Republicans went into Tuesday’s primaries with problems lurking all over the ballot, but they ended the night thanking their voters for cleaning up a potential mess. Democrats haven’t won a Senate race in Kansas in more than 80 years, but Kris Kobach as the GOP nominee threatened to make the state an improbable toss-up. Instead, Rep. Roger Marshall won the primary, giving the GOP a much more electable candidate to go up against a strong Democratic recruit.
Progressive congresswoman Rashida Tlaib defeats primary challenger in ‘Squad’ win – Reuters – 8/5/2020
U.S. Representative Rashida Tlaib, one of the most visible progressive Democrats in Congress, claimed victory Wednesday in the Democratic primary election against challenger Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones. […] Tlaib, a member of the “Squad” of four progressive congresswomen first elected in 2018, has so far declined to endorse the party’s presumptive nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, for his November face-off with Republican President Donald Trump.
GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler advances in Washington primary – The Hill – 8/4/2020
Herrera Beutler was leading a five-candidate field with 55 percent of the vote after 31 percent of precincts had reported, according to The Associated Press. Democrat Carolyn Long, who came in with 41 percent of the vote, will also advance to the November election. Washington holds so-called jungle primaries in which the top two vote-getters advance to November regardless of their party affiliation.
Arizona primary yields few upsets, possible return of some familiar faces – The Center Square – 8/5/2020
Democrat Dr. Hiral Tipirneni won a highly contested race against Anita Malik, Karl Gentles and Stephanie Rimmer for a chance to face Rep. David Schweikert, R-Fountain Hills. Schweikert spent years fighting an ethics investigation involving improper campaign spending, but the 6th Congressional District leans Republican.