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Americans who vote early may ‘waste’ their vote on candidates who drop out of the race. There’s an easy way to remedy thatAcross the country, millions of voters turned in early ballots for the US presidential primary elections, often voting for candidates no longer in the race on election day.In Colorado and Texas, early voters for candidates other than Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders might have made a statement, but they didn’t have the chance to influence the primary election. Some of the estimated 20% of Californians who voted early asked for a do-over. In Minnesota, 40,000 people had reportedly cast their ballots a week before Super Tuesday – and days before Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out. Continue reading...
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Mike Garcia will replace Hill, who resigned amid scandal in 2019 after securing the first Democratic...Mike Garcia will replace Hill, who resigned amid scandal in 2019 after securing the first Democratic victory in district in decadesRepublican Mike Garcia has beat Democrat Christy Smith in the special election to fill the seat of the former US representative Katie Hill, who resigned amid scandal in late 2019.After a bitter political battle complicated and constrained by the pandemic, Garcia’s win was a blow for Democrats who in 2018 had secured the suburban Los Angeles district for the first time in since 1990. But the candidates will soon have a rematch. Garcia will serve only five months before the seat is up for a vote again in November. Continue reading...
LIVE UPDATES: Early results show Mike Garcia leading Christy Smith in the special election in California's 25th congressional district
Republican Mike Garcia leads Democratic state Assemblywoman Christy Smith in the special election for California's 25th...Republican Mike Garcia leads Democratic state Assemblywoman Christy Smith in the special election for California's 25th congressional district. The first batch of results from Ventura and Los Angeles counties show Garcia leading Smith by over 16,000 votes, 55.9% to 44.1%. Not all ballots have been counted yet, and the race is still too early to call. The winner will serve out of the rest of Rep. Katie Hill's term in the 116th Congress, and face a re-match in November for the regular general election to represent the seat in the 117th Congress. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The first batch of results from Ventura and Los Angeles Counties released after 8 p.m. Pacific Time shows Republican Mike Garcia leading Democrat Christy Smith by over 16,000 votes by a margin of 56% to 44%. The race is currently too early to call, and will likely not be resolved for several more days as officials process all mailed-in ballots. Why this race is so important for both parties This battleground district located in Southern California and includes parts of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, and the cities of Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, and Palmdale. The district is one of several Democratic-trending districts in California to vote for Mitt Romney in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. In the 2018 midterm elections, former Rep. Katie Hill flipped the district from Republican to Democratic with an eight-point victory over the then-incumbent GOP Rep. Steve Knight. After only about 10 months in Congress, Hill, 32, resigned from the House after dozens of explicit photos of her were published on websites including the conservative blog Red State and the Daily Mail. Photos and text messages published on the sites, which are believed to have been leaked by Hill's estranged husband as blackmail, revealed that he and Hill engaged in a polyamorous relationship with one of Hill's paid campaign staffers. On March 3, Democratic state Assemblywoman and former school board member Christy Smith and Republican Mike Garcia, a former Navy pilot and defense contractor, advanced through a crowded top-two jungle primary for today's special general election. The highly competitive special election is rated as a toss-up major election handicappers, including the Cook Political Report and Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, and is expected to be very close. The winner of the special election will serve out of the rest of Hill's term in the 116th Congress until January 2021, but Smith and Garcia will have a re-match in just six months for the regular general election in November to represent the seat in the 117th Congress. California, which has an expansive vote by mail statute, allows voters to cast absentee ballots without an excuse. And due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, election officials mailed the nearly 425,000 registered voters in the district an absentee ballot while offering limited in-person voting options. Winning back the seat was a big victory for Democrats in 2018. But despite party heavyweights like 2016 presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Barack Obama stepping in to endorse Smith, Democrats lowered expectations for the outcome of this special election — and are now could a suffer a very possible loss. If Garcia wins, it would mark the first time since 1998 that the GOP flipped a California district from Republican to Democratic. He would also be the only House Republican to represent a district that Hillary Clinton won with over 50% of the vote in 2016, as the Cook Political Report's Dave Wasserman pointed out on Tuesday night. For Republicans, Garcia was an ideal recruit as a political newcomer and a Latino with a military background for a racially diverse district where the defense and aerospace industries are major employers. As a first-time candidate, he also has no legislative record to attack, allowing Republicans to focus on negatively highlighting some of Smith's votes. In addition to national Democrats reportedly being concerned with Smith's fundraising not being impressive enough, Smith further got herself in hot water for seemingly mocking Garcia's military service and credentials for office in a video town hall, publicly apologizing after sarcastically joking of Garcia, "did you guys know he's a pilot?" National Democrats also worried that Hill's favorability in the district, which plummeted in the wake of her scandal, would hurt Smith's chances, according to the Los Angeles Times and Politico. The outlets also reported Democrats were also taken off guard by Hill inserting herself into the race with a video she released on April 30 encouraging people to vote in the special. Democrats' fears were confirmed with the first large batch of absentee votes and some in-person votes from Ventura and Los Angeles counties released after polls closed on Tuesday. As of 9:00 p.m. Pacific Time and 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time, Garcia leads Smith by 16,647 votes, 55.9% to 44.1%. While Smith has a significant deficit to make up in the remaining ballots, the race is still too early to call either way. California accepts mailed-in ballots that are postmarked by election day up to three days after the day of the election, meaning not all valid ballots have even been received yet. The extraordinary public health circumstances surrounding the election also have a significant impact on the level of voter turnout and which groups were more likely to vote. The result of this special election will heavily reflect the current landscape and the quality of the candidates, and won't necessarily be a harbinger of things to come in November or spell trouble for either party going forward. The special election in California's 25th district is the fourth special House election this year. Also on Tuesday, voters in Wisconsin's Republican-leaning 7th congressional district selected GOP State Senator Tom Tiffany to replace former Rep. Sean Duffy. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
Voting just closed in Washington, one of six states to hold Democratic primaries or caucuses on...Voting just closed in Washington, one of six states to hold Democratic primaries or caucuses on March 10. Washington votes almost entirely by mail. Voters must either mail-in ballots postmarked by election day, or drop them off in person at a county election office by 8 p.m. election time, or 11 p.m. ET. We'll have up-to-the-minute live vote counts and results happening in real-time updating automatically when results come in. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Washington votes almost entirely by mail, meaning we likely won't have full returns until at least Wednesday as ballots are counted. Follow along live results here. Washington Democratic primary results: Catch up on live coverage from the primary: While you're waiting for Washington results, head over to our main live results post to catch up on the full results of the March 10 primaries. Primary: Biden gets three huge victories of the night in the Mississippi, Missouri, and Michigan Democratic primaries, the latter of which Sanders narrowly won in his 2016 presidential bid. Sanders' getting destroyed in Michigan, a state he narrowly won in 2016, is a troubling sign for his campaign — Biden crushed Bernie in Michigan, which could be the beginning of the end for the Vermont senator It was a fairly early call for Joe Biden in Missouri, but he was projected to sweep in every district — and he delivered. Coronavirus prompts Biden and Sanders to scrap rally plans — Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden cancel election night rallies in Ohio over coronavirus concerns Pre-primary: POLL: Biden shattered Bernie's momentum, with skeptical Democrats increasingly satisfied with Biden as nominee The Michigan primary is Bernie Sanders' last chance to show he has a shot at becoming president Here's who Joe Biden is reportedly considering for top positions in his administration as he touts a 'Return to Normal' plan Candidates who've dropped out of the presidential race are endorsing either Biden or Sanders. Here's whose side they're on and why. Here's how Democrats will elect their presidential nominee over the next several months What's at stake in the primary? Washington allocates 89 pledged delegates to the Democratic national convention, making up a little over 2% of all delegates allocated throughout the nomination process. Out of Washington's delegates, 58 are allocated at the district level with the other 31 at-large and PLEO delegates allocated based on the results of the statewide vote. As in most other states, candidates must earn over the minimum threshold of 15% of the vote in a given district or statewide to earn any delegates out of Washington. In March 2016, Sanders overwhelmingly beat Clinton in the state's caucuses, winning 72% of state legislative district delegates compared to 27% for Clinton. But in a non-binding primary election that Washington held about three months later in June, Clinton ended up handily defeating Sanders. Since 2016, Washington has switched from a party-run caucus to a primary conducted by mail. Under Washington's current election system, voters receive their ballots in the mail 18 days before an election. They can either mail in their ballots, postmarked no later than election day, or drop ballots off in person at their local election office by 8 p.m. local time, or 11 p.m. ET. Who does the polling say is ahead? FiveThirtyEight's average of the latest polling data shows former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders polling within just a few percentage points of each other in Washington, with Biden earning 40% support on average compared to 36% support for Sanders in recent polls of the state. In FiveThirtyEight's primary election forecast, Biden has a 3 in 5 (61%) chance of winning the most pledged delegates from Washington compared to a 2 in 5 (39%) chance for Sanders. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A law professor weighs in on how Trump could beat impeachment