JANE KIM BECOMES VOTE LEADER IN CALIFORNIA SENATE RACE FOR DISTRICT 11
Supervisor Jane Kim took the lead among San Francisco and San Mateo County voters in the state Senate June primary race Monday, surpassing her opponent Supervisor Scott Wiener, according to latest updated tally.
Kim is now leading for the first time in the overall vote count since Election Day, with 116,289 votes, or 45.3 percent. Wiener has 115,916 votes, or 45.2 percent. Kim is ahead of Wiener by 373 votes as of 4:21 p.m. Monday.
Kim had consistently trailed Wiener since the early returns on election night, but has gained ground on Wiener as more votes have been counted, adding more suspense to the race and indicating the closeness of the contest.
Last Wednesday, Kim took the lead over Wiener among San Francisco voters by 70 votes. That lead increased to 1,417 San Francisco votes as of Monday, with Kim at 109,882 votes to Wiener’s 108,411.
“I am excited about the updated results and that our work over the last six years and our message speaks to the priorities of the Senate District 11 voters,” Kim wrote in a text message. “I am deeply thankful to our supporters and volunteers who helped to deliver our message on the ground and that money alone does not win elections. I look forward to the ongoing fight to November and proving that our city is not for sale.”
The two will face off this November. The winner will serve as the District 11 state senator, replacing termed out Mark Leno. The district includes a northern portion of San Mateo County.
“This was an extremely close primary and we are moving on to November,” Wiener wrote in a text message. “We look forward to the November results that will actually decide the race.”
He also said that “these next few months give us the opportunity to more effectively communicate my work and vision and ensure voters know who Jane is.”
The Department of Elections has about 1,500 ballots remaining to count.
Progressive Icon Zephyr Teachout Wins Democratic Primary In New York
Zephyr Teachout on Tuesday breezed to victory in the Democratic primary for New York’s 19th Congressional District, setting the stage for a November face-off against John Faso, a Republican and former member of the New York state Assembly.
“I am running for Congress to break down those doors in Washington, D.C.; the doors that are keeping the people of America — the real people, the citizens of America — locked out,” Teachout said in an email to supporters after her win. “I’ve been fighting well-paid lobbyists on behalf of working families my entire life. I will fight until we win — for the people of NY 19. For the American people.”
Teachout is one of the top progressive recruits in the 2016 field, a law professor who specializes in the study of corruption and corporate power. Teachout’s campaign has focused on money in politics, denouncing the ease with which big business is able to distort both consumer markets and the political process. She garnered national attention with her 2014 primary challenge to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), a race in which she secured over a third of the vote with a shoestring operation.
The core of Teachout’s support in that contest was in the Hudson Valley, where the 19th District is located. The district leans Democratic, going for Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012, but during Obama’s first term the district’s voters elected a Republican, Rep. Chris Gibson, to the House. Gibson is stepping down this year to consider a gubernatorial run of his own, making the district one of the best opportunities for Democrats to pick up a seat from Republicans in November.
In early June, Teachout held a commanding polling lead over Ivy League-educated farmer Will Yandik in the Democratic primary. Teachout is very popular with the progressive wing of the party, and is one of only a handful of House candidates whom Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has helped raise money for during his presidential campaign. Teachout has proved to be a fundraising juggernaut, raising more money in the first three months of her campaign than any other House candidate from either party in the state of New York. She relies heavily on small donors, with an average contribution of less than $50 in the first quarter of this year.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the official House recruitment arm of the Democratic Party, did not formally endorse a candidate in the Teachout-Yandik primary, but held extensive conversations with Yandik. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, both New York Democrats, have endorsed Teachout.
Two transgender candidates, both named ‘Misty,’ win congressional primaries
Misty Snow and Misty Plowright became the first transgender people to be nominated to Congress by a major political party on Tuesday, when they won their respective Democratic primary races in Utah and Colorado.
Ms. Snow, a 30-year-old grocery store cashier from Salt Lake City, bested marriage therapist Jonathan Swinton, a self-identified conservative Democrat who ran on a centrist platform.
The transgender woman will now face-off against incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee in November. Mr. Lee ran unopposed in the Republican primary.
Although Mr. Swinton won the initial ballot, he failed to garner 60 percent of the vote at the convention, sending the race into a run-off. The unofficial returns showed Ms. Snow with a 59.5 to 40.5 percent advantage.
Ms. Snow ran on a platform of increasing the minimum wage and criticized her opponent for supporting restrictions on abortion rights. She played up the historic nature of her candidacy on Tuesday.
“This shows LGBT people that being LGBT is not a barrier to running for political office,” she said on. “You can be you, and people will respect you for that.”
In an interview with a local CBS station in April, Ms. Snow called Mr. Lee “one of the most loathsome people in the Senate” and said he “needs to be removed from office.”
Ms. Plowright was nominated by Democrats to the House in Colorado’s conservative 5th congressional district, which has never been held by a Democrat. She will run against Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, who easily won his primary bout, in November.
A 33-year-old who works in IT, Ms. Plowright secured the Democratic nomination over Donald Martinez, an Iraq War veteran, by a 58 to 42 percent margin.
Mr. Martinez ran his campaign on a platform of reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs, citing his own difficulties receiving medical care through the embattled agency.
Ms. Plowright campaigned on an anti-establishment platform, calling herself the “anti-politician” and pledging to get money out of politics.
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The revolution has arrived! I hope all my fellow Berner's can spare a few bucks for these amazing candidates! Also, Utah is having some kind of awakening, it's beautiful.