On June 5th, the people of Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, and South Dakota headed to their polling stations to cast their votes for local, regional, and state representatives who will continue on to the general election happening later this year. The race is definitely heating up, with Democrats trying to swing the votes their way and Republicans fighting to keep their majority in both the House and the Senate come November. Some ballots are still being counted, but here are a few interesting election results and highlights:
In New Mexico, former Democratic state party leader Deb Haaland won in New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District. What does this mean? She could potentially become the first Native American congresswoman if she wins in the general election in November.
A lot is undecided in California. Why? Well, a lot of mail-in ballots haven’t been counted yet, and due to a printing error, over 100,000 people in 1,500 precincts were left off of the registered-voters list. Not to worry though—these people were given provisional ballots, and those will be counted once their registration is confirmed.
South Dakota Republican House Representative Kristi Noem won the Republican nomination for governor of South Dakota. Representative Noem will be racing against democrat Billie Sutton in November, but it’s predicted that Noem will win because South Dakota is a heavily red (or republican) state. If she does win, she’ll be the first female governor of South Dakota.
Over thirteen percent of Iowans voted in its primary election, making it the largest voter turnout in Iowa to date!
• It looks like women are winning! At least fifty-nine women are advancing to the November general election.
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