In addition to the Democratic presidential primary in Texas, numerous House primaries are taking place throughout the state. Tonight, there will be a competitive Democratic primary in the 24th congressional district, located in the Dallas Fort-Worth suburbs, that Democrats are hoping to flip away from GOP control. Polls closed at 7 p.m. Central Time and 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
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Polls closed at 7 p.m. Central Time and 8 p.m. Eastern Time. Watch for live results from tonight's Texas 24th congressional district primary. Texas 24th district Democratic primary results:
What's at stake in the primary? The 24th district, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburbs, is one of many of the state's diverse, suburban districts that were Republican strongholds for decades, but are now trending Democratic as college-educated suburban voters leave the GOP in droves nationwide. While former Republican presidential nominees John McCain and Mitt Romney carried the seat by huge double-digit margins in 2008 and 2012, Trump won the district by just six percentage points in 2016. Democrats are now seizing on current GOP Rep. Kenny Marchant, who won re-election by three percentage points in 2018, retiring this year and leaving the seat open to flip control of the district from Republican to Democratic. Who are the candidates? The two main candidates competing for the Democratic nomination are former Air Force Colonel Kim Olson and Carrollton-Farmers school board trustee Candace Valenzuela. Neuroscientist John Biggan, accountant Jan McDowell, project manager Sam Vega, and school board member Richard Fleming are also competing in the Democratic primary. Texas is a run-off state, meaning that if no single candidate earns over 50% of the vote in the primary, the top two vote-getters advance to a run-off election on March 26. Catch up on live coverage from the primary: While you wait for Texas results to come in, head over to our main Super Tuesday post to follow all the action. Follow along with the results from the Democratic presidential primary in Texas, the Democratic primary for US Senate in Texas, and all Texas down-ballot House primaries. Here's how Democrats will elect their presidential nominee over the next several monthsJoin the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Extremists turned a frog meme into a hate symbol, but Hong Kong protesters revived it as an emblem of hope
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Today, nine states and the District of Columbia are holding presidential, congressional, or other down-ballot primaries....Today, nine states and the District of Columbia are holding presidential, congressional, or other down-ballot primaries. Indiana, DC, Maryland, Montana, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Dakota are holding presidential primaries. Iowa and Idaho, which already had their presidential primaries, are holding primaries for congressional races. Follow along here for live updates as results come in tonight and over the next few days. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. What's at stake: Sen. Bernie Sanders officially dropped out of the presidential primary on April 8, making former Vice President Joe Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee. Though Sanders will stay on the ballot in upcoming primaries and earn delegates from those contests for his representatives to have a seat on important Democratic National Convention committees that determine the convention rules and party platform going forward, Sanders formally endorsed Biden on April 13. There are 479 pledged delegates up for grabs in the eight presidential nominating contests taking place today. Biden currently needs 465 more to formally earn the 1,991 delegates required to clinch the nomination, meaning he is unlikely to meet the threshold today. Here's where Biden and Sanders currently stand in the delegate race, according to Decision Desk HQ and the University of Virginia Center for Politics: In addition to presidential primaries, there are also several important congressional and other down-ballot primaries taking place today, including Democratic primaries for the US Senate in Montana and Iowa — two competitive seats Democrats are hoping to flip this cycle. In the House of Representatives, the most highly-watched primary today is the GOP primary challenge to embattled Rep. Steve King in Iowa's fourth congressional district, a safe Republican seat. After being rebuked by his own party and losing his committee assignments over racist comments he made to The New York Times, King is facing a tough primary challenge from GOP State Senator Randy Feenstra, who has outraised King and been backed by a number of GOP groups including the US Chamber of Commerce, the political arm of the Republican Main Street Partnership, and the Republican Jewish Council. In New Mexico, there is also a competitive Democratic primary in the state's third congressional district, a safe blue seat which current Rep. Ben Ray Lujan is vacating to run for US Senate. Former CIA analyst Valerie Plame is competing against Teresa Fernandez Leger, an attorney, lobbyist, and long-time local community activist. New Mexico's second congressional district, located in the southern portion of the state, is a highly competitive swing district that Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small won back in the 2018 midterms. Former state representative and 2018 GOP nominee Yvette Herrell is running again for the nomination again against energy executive and businesswoman Claire Chase. There will be competitive Democratic and Republican primaries in two open Indiana congressional districts: the state's solidly blue first district, where Democratic Rep. Peter Visclosky is retiring, and the fifth district, where Republican Rep. Susan Brooks is retiring. In Pennsylvania, there are notable Democratic primaries in the state's Republican-held 1st and 10th congressional districts, both of which are set to be competitive this fall, and a crowded Republican primary in the state's Democratic-controlled eighth congressional district. Pennsylvania, which allows absentee voting without an excuse, will likely not report results from the first and tenth congressional district primaries, in addition to numerous other races, until next week. After widespread reports of voters in highly populated counties not receiving their ballots in time, Governor Tom Wolf issued an executive order extending the deadline for voters in six counties — Philadelphia, Allegheny, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, and Montgomery — to have their ballots counted. In those places, ballots will be accepted if they are postmarked by June 2 and arrive by 5 p.m. on June 9. Maryland is holding primaries in its seven congressional districts, in addition to a crowded and highly-watched Democratic primary in the Baltimore mayoral election, where incumbent Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young is fighting to be re-elected. What time the polls close in every state: Many of the states holding elections today have made modifications to their election procedures to make it easier for voters to cast absentee and mail-in ballots during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has heightened the risks of voting in-person. Due to the pandemic and states encouraging voters to cast ballots from home, the percentage of voters voting absentee or by mail is expected to increase this year, including in today's primaries. Since many states still accept absentee ballots until a certain date after election day and, in some cases, cannot start processing ballots until election day, some closer races may not be decided until after election night. Polls closed in most of Indiana at 6 p.m. E.T., but polls in some counties located in the Central Time Zone close at 6 p.m. C.T. and 7 p.m. E.T. Indiana has also relaxed their absentee ballot rules to allow anyone to vote absentee without an excuse. Voters in the District of Columbia, which doesn't require an excuse to vote by mail, are being "strongly encouraged" to cast and send in mail-in ballots, with the city offering limited in-person voting options. Polls close at 8 p.m. ET. Maryland sent out a mail-in ballot to every registered voter and is also offering scaled-back in-person voting. Polls close at 8 p.m. ET. Polls close in Pennsylvania, which allows absentee voting without an excuse, at 8 p.m. ET. In Philadelphia and five other counties, however, absentee ballots postmarked by June 2 will be accepted if they arrive by 5 p.m. on June 9. Polls close in South Dakota at 7 p.m. Mountain Time and 9.m. ET. All voters were sent absentee ballot applications in the mail for today's primary. In New Mexico, which allows absentee voting without an excuse, polls close at 7 p.m. Mountain Time and 9.m. Eastern Time. In Montana, which allows mail-in voting without an excuse, counties are authorized to send out mail-in ballots directly to voters. Polls close at 8 p.m. Mountain Time and 10 p.m. E.T. In Iowa, which sent every registered voter an absentee ballot application for today's election, polls close at 9 p.m. Central Time and 10 p.m. E.T. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Tax Day is now July 15 — this is what it's like to do your own taxes for the very first time
On Tuesday, Indiana is holding Republican and Democratic primaries in all nine of its House districts. ...On Tuesday, Indiana is holding Republican and Democratic primaries in all nine of its House districts. There are competitive primaries in the state's first district to replace retiring Democratic Rep. Peter Visclosky, and in the fifth congressional to replace retiring GOP Rep. Susan Brooks. Polls in Indiana closed at 6 p.m. ET in most of the state, and at 6 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. Eastern Time in the counties located in the Central Time Zone. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The stakes: There are two main races to watch in Indiana today are the primaries in the state's two open House of Representatives seats. This year, Rep. Pete Visclosky is retiring from the first district located in the northwest corner of the state, a safely Democratic seat that Hillary Clinton carried by over 12 percentage points in 2016. The main candidates vying for the nomination in the crowded 14-candidate Democratic primary are Frank Mrvan, a North Township Trustee who has secured Visclosky's endorsement, Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr., and state Representative Mara Candelaria Reardon. There's also a competitive Republican primary in Indiana's fifth district, a traditionally red seat in the Indianapolis suburbs and exurbs, to replace retiring GOP Rep. Susan Brooks. Fifteen candidates are competing for the Republican nomination in the district, including State Senator Victoria Spartz, State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, and former prosecutor Carl Rizzo. Tensions have run high at points in the primary, with fellow GOP candidate and nurse Beth Henderson airing attack ads that some have criticized as xenophobic in targeting Spartz's Ukrainian heritage. The district has been in Republican hands since 1993 and backed President Donald Trump by 12 percentage points in 2016. But Democrats are eyeing the now-open seat as a target to flip this year after former Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly carried the district despite losing the state in 2018, Indiana political writer Adam Wren recently reported in his newsletter "Importantville." Polls closed at 6 p.m. ET in most of the state, and at 6 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. Eastern Time in the first and eighth congressional districts, where are located in the Central Time Zone. More than 300,000 Hoosiers, an all-time record, are voting by mail this year after the state's Election Commission waived the state's previous rule requiring voters under 65 to have a documented excuse to request an absentee ballot, the Indianapolis Star reported. The massive increase in voters casting ballots by mail will likely delay the timings of election results. Hamilton County, which accounts for the bulk of votes in the fifth district, for example, is not counting ballots at all until Wednesday. Join the conversation about this story »
Republican candidate Tom Tiffany wins the special election in Wisconsin's 7th congressional district
Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany defeated Democratic candidate Judge Tricia Zunker in the special election for...Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany defeated Democratic candidate Judge Tricia Zunker in the special election for Wisconsin's 7th congressional district. Tiffany will serve out the rest of former Rep. Sean Duffy's term in the 116th Congress. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Who are the candidates? Republican State Senator Tom Tiffany defeated Democratic candidate Tricia Zunker in Wisconsin's 7th district, a largely rural area that encompasses much of northern and central Wisconsin. Tiffany, a businessman and former local elected official, is serving his second term in the Wisconsin State Senate, while Zunker, an attorney, is a judge for the Ho-Chunk Nation and a member of the Wausau School Board. Former Rep. Sean Duffy, who represented the district from 2011 to 2019, resigned before the end of his term last year for family reasons. Tiffany was widely expected to defeat Zunker in this solidly Republican district. While former President Barack Obama won the district in both his 2008 and 2012 presidential runs, it's rapidly swung to the GOP since then. President Donald Trump carried Wisconsin's 7th by 21 percentage points in 2016, and Duffy won his last election in 2018 by a 22-point margin over his Democratic opponent. The special election also comes a month after Wisconsin's chaotic April 7 presidential primary and Supreme Court election. After a prolonged and bitter standoff between Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republicans in the state legislature, thousands of voters did not receive or were unable to return their absentee ballots in time. A shortage of poll workers in big cities like Milwaukee and Waukesha left voters standing in hours-long lines while waiting to vote. Milwaukee, which usually runs 180 polling places, operated with just five on election day. While Wisconsin allows voters to request an absentee ballot without an excuse, the Wisconsin National Guard will also help staff polling places for the May 12 special election in the 7th district. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What makes 'Parasite' so shocking is the twist that happens in a 10-minute sequence