Voting in the New York primary is by no means futile for Sanders supporters | Billy Richling and Francisco Navas
Voters need to understand that Sanders’ delegate candidates aren’t running against Biden’s delegate candidates – they’re running against each otherAlthough Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, voting in the New York primary on Tuesday (or during early voting) is by no means futile for progressives who were largely supporting Bernie Sanders and policies such as the Green New Deal and Medicare for All. Related: 'Just ridiculous': what it’s like to wait five hours in line to vote in the US Continue reading...
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Georgia is holding its presidential primary and several competitive congressional primaries on Tuesday. In addition to...Georgia is holding its presidential primary and several competitive congressional primaries on Tuesday. In addition to the Democratic primary for US Senate, there are hotly contested primaries for three US House seats in Georgia's 7th, 9th, and 14th congressional districts. Polls in most of Georgia closed at 7 p.m. in most of the state, but widespread problems with Georgia's administration of in-person voting led to poll closing times to be extended to as late as 10 p.m. in some places. The significant increase in voters casting ballots by mail and resulting delays in ballot counting means that some races may not be called until late Tuesday night Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Polls in most of Georgia closed at 7 p.m. in most of the state, but widespread problems with Georgia's administration of in-person voting led to poll closing times to be extended to as late as 10 p.m. in some counties and precincts. The massive increase in Georgia citizens voting by mail this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic means ballot counting will take longer than usual and many races will not be called until late Tuesday or Wednesday. The biggest races: Former Vice President Joe Biden officially secured 1,991 delegates, the majority threshold requires to officially clinch the Democratic nomination before today's elections. But he'll expand his delegate lead with Tuesday's primaries both in Georgia and West Virginia. Biden became the presumptive nominee when Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last major opponent, dropped out of the race and ceased campaigning on April 8. Sanders is still staying on the ballot in the remaining states left to vote to earn delegates that will give his camp representation on key Democratic National Convention committees. Georgia accounts for 105 pledged delegates in the Democratic nomination, with 68 allocated between the state's 14 House districts and the remaining 37 allocated at the state level. There are also a number of important congressional primaries taking place in Georgia, including the Democratic primary for US Senate to face GOP Sen. David Purdue this November. The Democratic field includes Jon Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker and the 2017 Democratic nominee for the special election in Georgia's 6th district, former Columbus, Georgia Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, trucking executive Sarah Riggs Amico, and civil rights attorney Maya Dillard Smith. Georgia is a runoff state, meaning that if no one candidate clears the field with over 50% of the vote in any of the primaries taking place today, the race will go to a runoff between the top two vote-getters on August 11. The Democratic US Senate primary taking place today is separate from the special election for Georgia's other US Senate seat, currently held by Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed to the Senate this January. In the November 3 general election, Loeffler will run in a special jungle election with candidates from all parties, with the top two potentially advancing to a December runoff. In the House of Representatives, there are crowded Democratic and Republican primaries in Georgia's 7th congressional district, a highly competitive open seat in the Atlanta exurbs being vacated by GOP Rep. Rob Woodall. Trump carried Georgia's 7th district by 6.3 percentage points in the 2016 presidential election. But the district, which is very similar to many of the diverse, suburban districts Democrats won back in the 2018 midterms, is a top target for Democrats to flip this year after Woodall won re-election by just 419 votes over 2018 nominee Carolyn Bourdeaux. Bourdeaux, a public policy professor, is now running again for Democratic nomination. She currently leads the field in fundraising and has secured the endorsements of Rep. John Lewis and Democratic House Caucus Chair Hakeem Jeffries. In Tuesday's primary, she'll face State Senator and attorney Zahra Karinshak, Georgia House Representative Brenda Lopez Ramero, businessman Rashid Malik, and progressive activist Nabila Islam, who has been endorsed by Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Ro Khanna. On the GOP side, State Senator Renee Unterman, physician and US Navy and Marine Corps veteran John McCormick, and businesswoman Lynne Homick are competing for the Republican nomination. The Cook Political Report, Sabato's Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, and Inside Elections all rate the seat as a toss-up in the general. There are also competitive GOP primaries in two open safe Republican-held seats in Georgia. In Georgia's 9th congressional district, which current Rep. Doug Collins is vacating to run for Georgia's other US Senate seat against Loeffler, the crowded Republican primary includes state legislators Kevin Tanner, John Wilkinson, and Matt Gurtler, gun store owner Andrew Clyde, and attorney Ethan Underwood. Trump carried the district, located in the northeast corner of the state, with over 77% of the vote in 2016. There's also a competitive Republican primary in the 14th congressional district being vacated by Rep. Tom Graves, also a safe GOP seat situated in the rural northwest part of the state. Georgia State Representatives Bill Hembree and Kevin Cooke, neurosurgeon John Cowan, real estate executive Ben Bullock, and businesswoman Marjorie Greene are running for the seat. Greene, who is largely self-funding her campaign, aired an eye-catching ad denouncing "antifa" as terrorists, accusing George Soros, "Hollywood Elites," and Biden staffers of financing antifa and, with a gun in hand, warned antifa to "stay out of Northwest Georgia." A pandemic election meltdown in the Peach State Voters throughout the entire state and especially in the metro Atlanta area faced immense difficulties voting in Georgia's primary election on Tuesday because of widespread problems with new electronic machines malfunctioning and shortages of paper ballots. A combination of understaffed, consolidated polling places, problems with Georgia's brand-new voting machines, and undertrained poll workers not knowing how to operate the machines led to hours-long lines to vote in places including Fulton, Gwinnett, Cobb, and DeKalb counties. This drone footage shows a long line of voters waiting to cast ballots in Atlanta on Tuesday. Georgia election officials, poll workers and voters have reported major trouble with voting in Atlanta and elsewhere. Read the latest. https://t.co/wRnW8f5tng pic.twitter.com/BVU9J9CF79 — The New York Times (@nytimes) June 9, 2020 While some voters in polling places with technology problems were able to cast provisional ballots, others were not, and many people had to leave voting lines before getting the chance to cast a ballot. In addition to poll closing times being extended in many counties, the disastrous election administration in some places led the Secretary of State's office to announce investigations into Fulton and Gwinnett counties. Georgia, which allows voters to request an absentee ballot without an excuse, broke an all-time record for the proportion of voters casting ballots by mail after Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger's office sent all 6.9 million active registered voters in the state an absentee ballot application. As of Tuesday morning, 1.3 million Georgians requested absentee ballots and a little over one million voters had returned their ballots, vastly exceeding the 37,000 voters who voted absentee in Georgia's 2016 primary election and the 209,147 who did so in the 2016 general election. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Monday, both parties have enthusiastically embraced mail-in voting. On Tuesday, 50% of mail-in ballots came from those who requested Democratic primary ballots and 48% came from voters who requested Republican primary ballots, according to election analyst John Couvillon. Despite the high participation among voters of both parties statewide, Georgia's efforts to scale up their absentee and mail-in voting weren't without challenges, some which led to voters not receiving the ballots they requested. The election office in Fulton County, which includes the city of Atlanta and is the state's most populous county, is under investigation amid of reports of unknown numbers of absentee ballot requests completely disappearing from the county's internal systems, leading to many voters, including a state senator, not getting their ballots sent to them in time. Georgia also held several days of early in-person voting to help reduce crowding at vote centers, but shortages of poll-workers and fewer open polling places than normal caused many voters to wait hours in line to vote early at some polling places in the metro Atlanta region. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why Pikes Peak is the most dangerous racetrack in America
Joe Biden reaches the threshold of delegates required to formally clinch the Democratic presidential nomination
Joe Biden has officially reached the majority threshold of pledged delegates to secure the Democratic nomination...Joe Biden has officially reached the majority threshold of pledged delegates to secure the Democratic nomination for President of the United States. Biden secured the majority threshold of 1,991 pledged delegates with his win in the Virgin Islands' Democratic primary, according to projections from Decision Desk HQ and the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Biden became the presumptive nominee when Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last major opponent, dropped out of the race on April 8. Sanders is staying on the ballot and continuing to earn delegates in remaining states to secure spots on crucial Democratic National Convention committees. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Former Vice President Joe Biden has officially reached the majority threshold of pledged delegates to secure the Democratic nomination for President of the United States, according to projections from Decision Desk HQ and the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Biden became the presumptive nominee when Sen. Bernie Sanders, his last major opponent, dropped out of the race on April 8. But with his wins in six states and the District of Columbia that held their presidential primaries on June 2 and the US Virgin Islands' Democratic primary on June 6, Biden has now earned exactly 1,991 pledged delegates, the majority threshold required to secure the nomination. Unlike other candidates who previously dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden, Sanders is still staying on the ballot in the remaining contests to earn enough delegates for his camp to secure spots on crucial committees at the Democratic National Convention that determine both the convention rules and, more importantly, the official Democratic Party platform. Biden's path to the presidency began 33 years ago in 1987, when he first ran for president as a relatively young Senator from Delaware. But his first campaign crashed and burned when he was accused of multiple instances of plagiarism, leading him to drop out of the race. After 20 more years in the US Senate, Biden ran for president again in 2008, but that campaign quickly flamed out after he earned just 1% support in the Iowa caucuses. Later that year, however, he was selected as former President Barack Obama's running mate and served in the position for eight years. While Biden passed up running for president in 2016, he entered the highly competitive race in April 2019 on a message of returning to normalcy after Trump, using his decades of experience to enact Democratic policy priorities, and "restoring the soul" of the United States. In 2020, Biden came out victorious from a crowded field of nearly 20 major candidates, beating out several fellow US Senators and a number of rising stars in the party who commanded significant media attention. After being formally anointed at the scheduled August convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (part or all of which may be held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Biden will face President Donald Trump in the general election. How the Democratic nomination process works In the Democratic nomination process, voters don't directly vote for the nominee. Instead, they vote to give their preferred candidate a certain number of delegate slots, filled by delegates. Every state has a certain number of delegates to allocate, which is determined by a number of factors including how big the state is, how Democratic they lean, when they vote, and if they vote with their neighbors. All US states and territories held primaries or caucuses this year. While US territories don't have voting power in federal elections, they still send delegates to the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. While primaries were supposed to run through early June, many states postponed their primary elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgia and West Virginia on June 9, Louisiana on June 20, New York and Kentucky on June 23rd, New Jersey and Delaware on July 7th, and Connecticut on August 11 are the remaining states left to hold their presidential primaries, from which Biden will expand his delegate lead even further. In general, states want to balance their role in narrowing the size of the field with having the final say on who wins by having the most possible delegates at the convention. Some states — the ones on Super Tuesday — are willing to leave all the extra delegates on the table in order to get the first bite at the apple. Other states will wait until the last possible vote to gain outsized representation at the convention and potentially a shot at playing kingmaker. Democrats allocate most of their pledged delegates proportionally by legislative district, in addition to allocating at-large and PLEO (party leader and elected official) delegates based on the statewide vote breakdown. Most states allocate their delegates by congressional districts, but some, like Texas and New Jersey, use state legislative districts instead. While delegates are allocated proportionally, in nearly every state the minimum threshold to earn delegates is 15% of the vote. That means that as long as someone breaks 15 percent either statewide or in at least one district, they get delegates from that state to bring to the convention. At the Democratic convention itself, a candidate will actually be nominated when a simple majority of 1,991 out of 3,979 total pledged delegates formally vote to support a given candidate. In previous years, so-called superdelegates have been able to vote on the first ballot, too, but now they can only vote to resolve a contested convention. Anyone who is a Member of Congress, former President or House Speaker, Governor, or DNC member gets a ticket to the convention and, in the case of a contested convention with no clear winner, is a superdelegate with voting abilities to help split the tie at the second ballot. Superdelegates played a significant role and were highly controversial in the 2016 convention, but the DNC has adopted rule changes since then that have made them pretty much irrelevant in all but the most extreme circumstances where no one candidate has a clear majority after the first ballot. Walt Hickey contributed reporting. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why thoroughbred horse semen is the world's most expensive liquid
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