18.06.27 Primary Takeaway

June 28, 2018

Mirror Mirror On The Wall…

Primary elections expose battles within major political parties, as each seeks to be the fairest of the land.

To Your Corners!

Who’s The Most Progressive?

New York primary exposes divide in Democrat party.

  • More progressive candidate unseats 10-term Congressman in blue district.
  • Likely *new* congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: 28-year-old socialist, with little funding or name recognition.

Who’s The \*Best\* Conservative?

Small Gov’t vs. Big Gov’t

  • In focus: South Carolina primary race for Trey Gowdy’s seat.
  • Candidate,A state Sen. William Timmons, supported by current Congressional leadership, beat out a candidate supported by a low tax, small gov’t GOP group.

The Trump Effect

The President’s Political Capital

  • In South Carolina, the President’s choice for Governor cruised to victory despite a close previous vote that led to a runoff.
  • In New York, the President’s pick for congressional candidate defeated a well-known, though controversial, challenger.

Despite sparring with Pres. Trump, former Gov. & presidential candidate Mitt Romney won his election in Utah making it a likely scenario that he will become the state’s next Senator. Read more on what these elections mean for 2020.

  • Crowley and Grimm crash: Top takeaways from Tuesday”s primaries ~A

The 2020 Democratic landscape gets some early definition.
After then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor”s 2014 defeat in a Republican primary in Virginia, some predicted a tidal wave of anti-incumbent sentiment that would reshape the Republican Party.

In the end, only two other House GOP incumbents lost: Ralph Hall of Texas, who was 90 years old when he was narrowly defeated in a GOP primary runoff, and Kerry Bentivolio of Michigan, the eccentric reindeer rancher whose brother told reporters that he was mentally imbalanced.

While Republican primary voters didn”t sweep out incumbent members by the score, they did sweep in Trump during the next presidential primary, rejecting a dozen other candidates with sterling political rA(C)sumA(C)s in favor of a first-time candidate who appealed to their emotions.

It”s against this backdrop that Ocasio-Cortez”s victory on Tuesday could be the most significant moment in the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination thus far. Crowley, a white man who began his congressional career in the late 1990s as a centrist, New Democrat (though he was more reliably liberal in recent years), lost to a 28-year-old Latina — a first-time candidate who describes herself as a Democratic socialist and favors single-payer health care.

Sanders, rejected in the primaries in New York two years ago, was quick toA embraceA Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday night, suggesting her campaign focused on some of the same themes his did in 2016. Former HUD Secretary JuliA!n Castro was also quick out of the gate toA congratulateA her.


by Jenna Lee,