Updated: the June 9 primary results in Georgia tell us that Jon Ossoff won’t have to wait to be the state’s Democratic nominee for US Senate.
With 85 percent of the expected vote counted, Ossoff was about 1.3 percent shy of where he needed to be to avoid a runoff, or at 48.7 percent overall. However, towards the end of the count on Wednesday evening, he crossed the 50 percent mark. The Associated Press called the race after 8pm on Wednesday night.
He defeated Teresa Tomlinson, Sarah Amico, and others.
Ossoff’s strength was in the Atlanta metro area. He pulled down 58 percent in Fulton County, close to 57 percent in Cobb County, and over 54 percent in DeKalb County. Tomlinson did well near Columbus as she won a handful of counties in southwest Georgia. Sarah Amico came in third place.
Other Georgia Primary Results
Republicans have a very safe seat in northeast Georgia, the 9th District, which is open due to Doug Collins running for the other Senate seat. The race to succeed him is no more clear today. Matt Gurtler and Andrew Clyde finished first and second, respectively, and will advance to a runoff. Gurtler came in first with 23 percent while Clyde took 19 percent. Ex-Rep. Paul Broun came in fourth in a field of nine.
Former Rep. Karen Handel easily won the 6th District Republican primary, setting up a rematch with Lucy McBath (D). The latter flipped the seat in 2018 after Handel defeated Ossoff in a 2017 special election.
The field is almost set in the open 7th District election: Rich McCormick won the GOP primary without a runoff but Carolyn Bourdeaux is going to a Democratic runoff in August with Brenda Lopez Romero. Bourdeaux was the nominee in this seat in 2018. This was once a safe GOP seat but it nearly toppled in 2018, giving Democrats hope of a 2020 flip.
There is another safe GOP seat in the other northern corner of Georgia that will also be going to a runoff. Marjorie Greene and John Cowan are advancing in the open 14th District. Greene, the top vote-getter at 41 percent, made national headlines with her gun-toting campaign ads.1 Cowan was well behind on 19 percent.
June 9 Primary Results: South Carolina
Incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham cruised to an easy GOP primary win by a 2-to-1 margin over the field. His Democratic opponent, Jaime Harrison, was unopposed.
State Representative Nancy Mace won the Republican primary in South Carolina’s 1st District on Tuesday night. She defeated her next closest opponent, Kathy Landing, by more than a 30-point margin in a four-way race. Mace, the first-ever female to graduate from The Citadel in Charleston, will face incumbent Rep. Joe Cunningham (D) in November. Cunningham flipped this coastal seat in 2018 and this being a likely Trump state, Republicans will target it.
Melissa Watson appeared to have won with 50 percent of the vote in the 7th District Democratic primary over Robert Williams. She will take on incumbent Rep. Tom Rice (R) in the Fall.
North Dakota Primary Results
The incumbent governor, Doug Burgum, was renominated on Tuesday, claiming about 90 percent of the vote. He will take on Shelley Lenz in the general election. Republicans are on a long win streak in North Dakota, winning every gubernatorial election since 1992.
Zachary Raknerud won the Democratic primary for the at-large House district. He faces incumbent Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R) in November, who was unopposed for the GOP nomination.
June 9 Primary Results: West Virginia
Despite being a party-switcher, incumbent Gov. Jim Justice had no problem winning the Republican primary for governor in West Virginia. He cleared 60 percent of the vote against six other opponents. As for his Democratic opponent in November, it will be Ben Salango, who fought off a strong challenge from Stephen Smith but won with 39 percent. No Republican has won a gubernatorial election in West Virginia since Cecil Underwood in 1996, but with the Mountain State changing, this could be the year to end the streak.
While Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R) coasted in her primary, Democrats had a tough three-way race. It was ultimately won by progressive activist Paula Swearengin with 38 percent of the vote. Richard Ojeda, a 2018 US House candidate and a brief 2020 presidential candidate, finished second with 33 percent.
June 9 Primary Results: Nevada
Nevada was the latest state to have its polls close, but all four US House incumbents are leading or have won their races for renomination. This includes Steven Horsford of Nevada’s 4th, who was recently discovered to be involved in an extramarital affair.2 However, votes came in very slowly overnight, and while Horsford has a big lead, just 11 percent was reporting as of 5am local time on Wednesday.
June 9 Primary References
1: Patrick Filbin, “Facebook deletes Georgia congressional candidate Marjorie Greene’s ad,” Chattanooga Times Free Press, June 5, 2020, Times Free Press Link)
2: Michelle Rindels, “Rep. Horsford, who has campaigned as a family man, acknowledges extramarital affair,” The Nevada Independent, May 16, 2020, NV Independent Link)