Georgia Rep. John Lewis died on Friday at the age of 80, leaving his longtime seat in the US House of Representatives vacant. Lewis was up for re-election in November, and now Democrats have to find a replacement on the ballot. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp has 10 days to declare a date for a special election to allow voters to choose a replacement for Kemp until his term ends in January 2021, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Democratic Party of Georgia announced Saturday the process in which it plans to select a nominee to replace Lewis on the November ballot for the upcoming Congressional term by 4 p.m. on Monday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Georgia Rep. John Lewis died at the age of 80 on Friday after a months-long battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer. After 17 terms as a member of the US House, Lewis leaves his seat in Georgia's fifth Congressional district vacant just months before the longtime lawmaker was up for re-election. Under Georgia law, state Gov. Brian Kemp has 10 days to announce a special election to fill Lewis seat for the rest of the remaining Congressional term, which ends in January, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. Kemp can choose the date of the special election and may decide to hold it alongside the Noveember general election, the newspaper reported, meaning Lewis' seat could sit vacant for months. Kemp's office did not immediately return Business Insider's request for comment on Saturday for when he might announce a special election. The Georgia Democratic Party will have until Monday at 4:30 p.m. to decide to replace Lewis on the ballot While voters will have to choose an interim replacement for the civil rights leader during a special election, they will in November be tasked with deciding who should fill Lewis' seat for the next two years, as the late lawmaker was up for re-election in the fall general election. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of Congressman John Lewis, and wish very much that we were not in this position today," Sachin Varghese, general counsel for the Georgia Democratic Party, said in a statement. "The Democratic Party of Georgia takes our legal responsibility of naming a nominee to this seat seriously, and we are making every effort to honor Congressman Lewis' legacy and the people of the Fifth District throughout this process, while working within the applicable legal framework." Under Georgia state law, the state Democratic Party must decide whether it will replace Lewis's name on the ballot by 4:30 p.m. on Monday. In a statement, state Democrats announced anyone interested in filling Lewis seat should complete and submit an application available on the party's website by 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. A nominating committee of fifth district officials and Georgia Democratic Party leaders that includes Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, and five other local officials will review the applicants and make recommendations to the party's executive committee. Then, at 12 p.m. on Monday, the executive committee will choose a nominee and submit that name to the Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger by 4 p.m. on Monday. In June, Lewis won 87% of the vote against primary challenger Barrington Martin II, a 32-year-old educator from Atlanta who received 13% of the vote, according to results from the Georgia Secretary of State. Whomever the party selects as its candidate to replace Lewis on the ballot will face Angela Stanton-King, the GOP challenger who announced her candidacy in March, according to local news outlet 11alive. Stanton-King, the goddaughter of Alveda King, a right-wing religious figure who is a niece of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., according to the report. In February, Stanton-King received a pardon from President Donald Trump for her 2004 conviction on federal conspiracy charges for her participation in a car theft ring, according to the report. Since then, Stanton-King has authored three books and appeared on the BET reality TV series "From the Bottom Up." As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution noted, Stanton-King's bid for Lewis' seat is a longshot in Lewis' heavily Democratic district that encompasses downtown Atlanta. Read more: Marco Rubio confused Rep. John Lewis for another late black lawmaker in a tweet honoring the 'historic American hero' More than 398,000 people have now signed a petition to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after late civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis Trump has not yet commented on the passing of Rep. John Lewis despite retweeting Twitter posts after the announcement of his death President Obama mourns the death of longtime civil rights leader John Lewis: 'We now all have our marching orders'Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How waste is dealt with on the world's largest cruise ship
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Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene defeated neurosurgeon Dr. John Cowan in the August 11 Republican primary runoff for Georgia's 14th...Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene defeated neurosurgeon Dr. John Cowan in the August 11 Republican primary runoff for Georgia's 14th congressional district. Greene, a construction executive, has come under scrutiny for making racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic comments and expressing support for the QAnon conspiracy movement. Greene will almost certainly win the general election in the deep-red district, which President Trump carried with over 75% of the vote in 2016. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Polls in Georgia mostly closed at 7 PM Eastern Time, but a judge ordered polls in Floyd County, which is included in the 14th district, to remain open until 9 PM after voting problems were reported early in day, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reported. The race: Businesswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene defeated neurosurgeon Dr. John Cowan are facing off in an August 11 Republican primary runoff for Georgia's 14th congressional district. Greene and Cowan emerged from a crowded June primary with 40% and 21% of the vote, respectively, to replace retiring Rep. Tom Graves in the deeply Republican Northwest Georgia-based district. If neither candidate earns over 50% of the vote in Georgia primaries, the race goes to a runoff. Both President Donald Trump in 2016 and Gov. Brian Kemp in 2018 carried the district with over 75% of the vote, meaning Greene will almost certainly win the general election. Greene, a construction executive and a staunch Trump supporter, has come under scrutiny since securing a spot in the runoff not just for her far-right beliefs, but for repeatedly making racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic comments in social media live streams and postings, and expressing support for the QAnon conspiracy, which posits that there is a cabal of Satanic, evil "Deep State" elites intent on bringing Trump down. She will now almost certainly be the first person to publicly express belief in the conspiracy to serve in Congress. She also recently spread the false and anti-Semitic conspiracy that billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros betrayed other Jews during the Holocaust (Soros was born in Hungary in 1930 and was only 15 when World War II ended in 1945). Politico reported that while Greene's uncovered social media postings initially spurred a wave of condemnations and denunciations from top House Republicans, few have taken any meaningful action to actively block Greene's path to Congress or to boost Cowan. In the months leading up the runoff, both candidates tried to out-do each other on conservative culture war issues and position themselves as closely as possible to President Donald Trump. Both candidates have heavily played on themes of defending the 14th district from rioters, antifa, and "radical leftists." Greene tried to paint Cowan as insufficiently conservative, accusing him of being weak and cowardly on issues like the renaming of military bases named for Confederate soldiers, which Trump has opposed. Meanwhile, Cowan has attacked Greene as an "opportunist" for initially filing to run for Congress in Georgia's 6th district, located in the Atlanta suburbs, in 2018, and tried to somewhat tenuously accuse her of abetting undocumented immigrant taking American jobs by not using the E-Verify system, an accusation that she refuted in a follow-up ad. Cowan also argued to Politico that his election is essential to prevent Greene and her inflammatory comments from being a thorn in the side of the rest of the GOP possibly for years to come, telling the outlet: "She deserves a YouTube channel, not a seat in Congress. She's a circus act." In a statement following Greene's runoff victory, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairwoman Rep. Cheri Bustos compared Greene to Rep. Steve King of Iowa, who publicly expressed racist and xenophobic beliefs for years, lost his committee assignments after rhetorically wondering when terms like "white supremacy" became offensive in an interview with The New York Times, and was defeated by a Republican primary challenger this June. "Marjorie Taylor Greene is a next-generation Steve King who is now the Republican nominee for Congress because Minority Leader McCarthy refused to meaningfully oppose her racist candidacy," Bustos said in a statement. "Enabled and embraced by Georgia Republicans like Karen Handel and Rich McCormick, her views have no place on the ballot or in Congress. Georgia Republicans, and Republican candidates running across the country, will have to answer for her hateful views in their own campaigns." 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Trump refuses to commit to accepting election resultWhite House bids to stop billions in track-and-trace fundsSign...Trump refuses to commit to accepting election resultWhite House bids to stop billions in track-and-trace fundsSign up to our First Thing newsletter 2.11pm BST Rep. John Lewis is irreplaceable, and his loss will be felt keenly for many years to come. However, the Democratic party have to get on with the job of selecting someone who will stand to potentially take his seat in the November elections. My aunt, Ruby Doris Smith Robinson, then @SpelmanCollege student, spent nearly 3 months in jail in Jackson, Miss as a Freedom Rider. She was one of the founders of SNCC and died at 26, before I was born. @repjohnlewis cried each time he spoke of her bravery to me. #GoodTrouble pic.twitter.com/hXxg57ayzJ 2.00pm BST Nancy Pelosi has been on Morning Joe this morning, and had short shrift for the idea that Donald Trump might somehow hang on to office in the White House in the event the election result is disputed in November. Yesterday on Fox the president refused to confirm that he would leave."The fact is, whether he knows it yet or not, he will be leaving," Pelosi says on MSNBC regarding Trump's suggestion he might not accept the results of the election if he loses.PELOSI announces a moment of silence in honor of John Lewis. pic.twitter.com/F3xomRUGLX Continue reading...
New York is holding presidential and congressional primaries the week of June 23. There are competitive...New York is holding presidential and congressional primaries the week of June 23. There are competitive Democratic primaries in a number of congressional districts, including Jamaal Bowman's challenge to Rep. Eliot Engel in New York's 16th district. New York is allowing all voters to vote absentee without an excuse. Because clerks cannot start counting absentee ballots until days after the election, many races won't be called until next week. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Absentee ballots that are postmarked by June 23 will be accepted at election offices through June 30, meaning that many of the following elections will not be called until well after that date. As The New York Times notes, prevailing New York law only permits county clerks to begin counting absentee ballots until eight days after the election and after all in-person votes have been tabulated. Results released on Tuesday after the polls close will only include in-person early and election day votes. The stakes: New York's Democratic presidential primary is officially back on after a judge ruled against the New York Board of Elections' attempt to cancel it, citing COVID-19 concerns, after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race. New York District Judge Analisa Torres rejected the BOE's claim that continuing to hold the presidential primary would jeopardize public health and ordered the state to conduct a full presidential primary with all qualifying candidates on the ballot. Former VP Joe Biden has been the presumptive Democratic nominee since April 8 and now has officially earned the required number of delegates to formally clinch the nomination. But Sanders is staying on the ballot and continuing to earn delegates in the remaining presidential primary states for his campaign to have representation on key Democratic National Convention committees. There are also a number of competitive House primaries and elections occurring this week. In New York's 27th congressional district, there will be a special election to replace former Rep. Chris Collins, who resigned after pleading guilty to federal insider trading charges. The Republican nominee Chris Jacobs is favored to defeat Democrat Nate McMurray in the district, which Trump carried by nearly 25 points in 2016. In the Greater New York City area, there are several notable Democratic primaries in four safe Democratic-held seats. Rep. Eliot Engel, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is fighting for his political life against primary challenger Jamaal Bowman, a former middle school principal who recently has picked up serious montemum and endorsements from major figures. In New York's 9th district, which includes several neighborhoods in Central Brooklyn, Rep. Yvette Clarke is facing a re-match with primary challenger Adem Bunkedddeko, who won 47% of the vote against in her 2018, and a challenge from the center from Councilman Chaim Deutsch. There are also two competitive primaries for open seats held by Democrats. In New York's South Bronx-based 15th district, held by retiring Rep. Jose Serrano, New York City Councilmembers Ruben Diaz Sr. and Ritchie Torres are the frontrunners in the Democratic primary. Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, Assemblyman Michael Blake, former City Council President Melissa Mark-Viverito, and affordable housing advocate Samelys Lopez are also vying for the seat. In New York's 17th district, which is based in the Hudson Valley and includes Rockland and parts of Westchester Counties, a crowded field of candidates are competing to replace retiring Rep. Nita Lowey. State Senator David Carlucci, attorney and activist Mondaire Jones, former State Department advisor Evelyn Farkas, State Representative David Buchwald, and prosecutor Adam Schleifer are all running in the primary. Rep. Jerry Nadler, whose district includes most of Manhattan's West Side and parts of Brooklyn, is facing long-shot primary challenges from Lindsey Boylan and Jonathan Herzog. Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York's 12th district, which includes much of the East Side of Manhattan and parts of Queens, is facing a re-match against primary challenger Suraj Patel, who won 40% of the vote in 2018. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won her seat in New York's 14th congressional district in a historic upset over longtime incumbent Joe Crowley in 2018, is facing a primary challenge from the center from former CNBC anchor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, who has significant backing from Wall Street donors. There are also competitive Republican primaries in competitive House seats that Democrats won back from the GOP in the 2018 midterms. In New York's 11th district, which includes all of Staten Island and some of Brooklyn, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and former prosecutor Joe Caldarera are vying for the Republican nomination to take on Democratic Rep. Max Rose this November. Upstate, former GOP Rep. Claudia Tenney is running in the Republican primary for her old seat in New York's Syracuse-based 22nd district, which Democratic Rep. Anthony Brindisi won back in 2018. In the Hudson Valley, attorney Kyle Van De Water and fashion designer Ola Hawatmeh are competing in the Republican primary to face Democratic Rep. Antonio Delgado, who won back New York's 19th congressional district for the Democrats in 2018. In New York's 2nd district, based in Long Island, there are competitive Democratic and Republican primaries to replace retiring GOP Rep. Peter King. Jackie Gordon, a US Army veteran, former high school counselor, and Babylon Town Council member is competing against attorney and Suffolk County Democratic Committee member Patricia Maher. Two, New York State Assemblymen, Andrew Garbarino and Michael LiPetri, are competing for the Republican nomination to succeed King. SEE ALSO: Progressive Democrats are making a play to sweep 4 hotly contested US House seats in New York next week Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet