(Reuters) – New York, Kentucky and Virginia are among the states that held primary elections on Tuesday to choose the Democratic and Republican candidates who will compete for seats in the US Congress in November.
Here are the details of the key races:
LIBERAL BOWMAN LONG LEADS INCUMBENT ENGEL
Representative Eliot Engel, chairman of the House of Representatives’ Foreign Affairs Committee, was behind his Democratic opponent, Jamaal Bowman, in the first results. Bowman accused Engel of being disconnected from the New York District, which includes parts of the Bronx and Westchester County, which he has served since 1989.
The battle between Engel, 73, and Bowman, a 44-year-old black school principal, pitted the party establishment against its more liberal wing. Engel was supported by Democrats, including the 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, while his challenger won the approval of progressive leaders, including Ocasio-Cortez and Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Absentee ballots will not be fully counted for another week.
AOC BESTS CHALLENGER IN EARLY RESULTS
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a leader of the progressive movement in the Democratic Party, was far ahead of the challenger Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, a former and moderate television presenter, according to the first results.
Ocasio-Cortez, known as AOC, brought a huge campaign war chest and a national profile to his candidacy for a second term in his diverse district encompassing parts of the Bronx and Queens in New York. She won almost 70% of the vote, according to preliminary results.
Caruso-Cabrera was supported by the conservative American Chamber of Commerce.
MALONEY MOVES SLIGHTLY IN CHALLENGE IN THE REMATCH
Representative Carolyn Maloney was slightly ahead of her opponent, Suraj Patel, in the first returns in a rematch of their 2018 race.
Like Bowman, Patel tried to present himself as the candidate for change, while Maloney, aiming for his 15th term, touted his legislative accomplishments. They vied to represent some of the wealthiest parts of Manhattan, including those residing in the Trump Tower, as well as parts of Queens and Brooklyn.
EX-FIGHTER PILOT IN A KENTUCKY DOGFIGHT
Amy McGrath was the Democratic Party’s favorite candidate in the primary race for the US Senate of Kentucky to decide who will take the majority leader in the Senate, Republican Mitch McConnell, in November.
She was the main opponent Charles Booker, an African American lawmaker, about eight percentage points in the preliminary results, said the New York Times. But as the postal ballots are still pending, the final results will not be known until June 30, Kentucky officials said.
Booker saw his prospects increase with Democratic voters amid national protests against police brutality.
‘MONSIEUR. NO OBJECTIVE TO MOVE BEYOND SPAT WITH TRUMP
Representative Thomas Massie, whom some call “Mr. No “for his votes against the law, said victory over challenger Todd McMurtry in a Republican primary in northern Kentucky. Final results are not expected before June 30.
In March, President Donald Trump was irritated by a parliamentary decision which Massie staged and which temporarily complicated the adoption of a $ 2.3 trillion coronavirus rescue bill, which the president argued.
TRUMP PICK LOSES IN NORTH CAROLINA
A candidate endorsed by Trump lost the second round of Republicans in a district of Congress in North Carolina. Madison Cawthorn defeated Lynda Bennett, who was also approved by Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, who previously held the seat. Cawthorn, 24, will face Democrat Moe Davis in the November elections.
THE DREAM OF DEMOCRATS IN VIRGINIA
Doctor Cameron Webb beat several other Democrats in the party’s primary for a seat in the United States House representing central Virginia which the Democrats hope to snatch from the Republicans.
Democrats’ hopes of winning the seat have increased after outgoing Republican Denver Riggleman lost his main offer to the more conservative Bob Good.