The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary night in Kentucky and New York

The Hill's Campaign Report: Primary night in Kentucky and New York

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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching today on the campaign trail. 



Progressives are hoping for big wins in New York and Kentucky this evening as voters across the two states head out to vote in a number of critical primaries. 

In Kentucky, Democratic establishment favorite Amy McGrath will face off against progressive state Rep. Charles Booker (D) in the primary that will determine who will go up against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid | Pelosi bullish, Trump tempers optimism | Analysis: Nearly 1M have run out of jobless benefits Trump casts doubt on hopes for quick stimulus deal after aides expressed optimism Power players play chess match on COVID-19 aid MORE in November. 

A survey conducted by the progressive firm Data for Progress showed Booker leading McGrath by eight points in Kentucky. 

Meanwhile, in New York, former middle school principal Jamaal Bowman is looking to pull off a major progressive upset against 16-term Congressman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelIs Trump a better choice for Jewish voters than Biden? Overnight Defense: Trump says he's leaving Walter Reed, 'feeling really good' after COVID-19 treatment | White House coronavirus outbreak grows | Dems expand probe into Pompeo speeches House Democrats push forward on probe of Pompeo's political speeches MORE in the state’s 16th District. 

Bowman’s campaign announced on Friday that he had raised $2 million during the campaign from more than 65,000 individual donors, touting the strength of his progressive base. Additionally, a Data for Progress survey showed Bowman up 10 points over Engel. The congressman’s campaign, on the other hand, said their internal polling showed Engel leading Bowman by eight points. 

Regardless, Booker and Bowman are seen as the leaders of a progressive pack looking to make gains in tonight’s primaries. 

Booker gave Bowman a shoutout on Twitter today, telling voters to imagine the two of them in in Washington, D.C., together. 

Other key races to watch include Rep. Yvette ClarkeYvette Diane ClarkeLawmakers call for small business aid at all levels of government The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Washington on edge amid SCOTUS vacancy The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Top tech executives testify in blockbuster antitrust hearing MORE’s (D-N.Y.) primary against progressive Adem Bunkeddeko, who nearly defeated her last cycle in 2018. Additionally, Rep. Grace MengGrace MengHouse passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus Clark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race This week: House returns for pre-election sprint MORE (D-N.Y.) is facing her first ever primary challenge. 


Progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley: Threatening emails raise election concerns | Quibi folds after raising nearly B | Trump signs law making it a crime to hack voting systems Ocasio-Cortez draws hundreds of thousands of viewers on Twitch livestream OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats push expansion of offshore wind, block offshore drilling with ocean energy bill | Poll: Two-thirds of voters support Biden climate plan | Biden plan lags Green New Deal in fighting emissions from homes MORE (D-N.Y.), who made waves in 2018 when she defeated longtime Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump visits Kenosha | Primary day in Massachusetts | GOP eyes Minnesota as a battleground MORE (D-N.Y.) in 2018, is facing a primary challenge from journalist Maria Michelle Caruso-Cabrera. 

Rep. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerMarijuana stocks see boost after Harris debate comments Jewish lawmakers targeted by anti-Semitic tweets ahead of election: ADL Democrats shoot down talk of expanding Supreme Court MORE is facing challenges in the 10th district from progressives Lindsey Boylan, a former aide to Cuomo and Jonathan Herzog, a former staffer on tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangPelosi spars with CNN's Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: 'You really don't know what you're talking about' The shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful MORE’s presidential campaign. His colleague, Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyTrump, House lawyers return to court in fight over subpoena for financial records Safeguarding US elections by sanctioning Russian sovereign debt Fears grow of voter suppression in Texas MORE (D-N.Y.) is taking on Suraj Patel, Lauren Ashcraft and Peter Harrison in the state’s 12th district primary. 

—Julia Manchester 


New York Democrats brace for a night of potential stunners, by Jonathan Easley and Julia.

Five things to watch for in Tuesday’s primaries, by Jonathan and Max Greenwood.

Kentucky and New York brace for days-long vote count, by Max.


The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on Tuesday that it will move an Oct. 15 debate between President TrumpDonald John TrumpJudge rules to not release Russia probe documents over Trump tweets Trump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida MORE and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Obama to campaign for Biden in Florida Supreme Court reinstates ban on curbside voting in Alabama MORE from Michigan to Florida after the University of Michigan backed out of the event due to concerns about the coronavirus. The debate will now be held at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. The Hill’s Marty Johnson reports.

The Trump campaign has tapped Deputy White House Press Secretary Hogan Gidley to take over as its top spokesperson. That job was previously held by Kayleigh McEnany, who was named White House press secretary in April. The Hill’s Brett Samuels reports.

Dozens of former national security officials are banding together to back Biden in the presidential election, Reuters’ Tim Reid reports. The group includes more than two dozen officials who served in the presidential administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George Bush, per Reuters’ reporting, and is set to endorse Biden publicly in the coming weeks.


Alan Abramowitz: If Georgia primary was an attempt at voter suppression, it failed badly.

Ileana Lehtinen & Trey Grayson: Why expanded voting options are critical for this election.


Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden endorses Texas Democratic House candidate Julie Oliver Ocasio-Cortez rolls out Twitch channel to urge voting Calls grow for Democrats to ramp up spending in Texas MORE’s political team announced that the former presidential candidate had raised more than $750,000 and activated his vaunted volunteer network on behalf of a dozen down-ballot candidates running in primaries on Tuesday. Misty Rebik, the executive director of Friends of Bernie Sanders, said the effort was part of the senator’s goal of “building a movement.” “He’s using the power he’s built to lift up candidates who are running on the bold agenda working families in our country so desperately need,” Rebik said in a statement.

House Majority PAC (HMP), the super PAC aligned with House Democratic leaders, is pumping an additional $3.5 million into television ad reservations in Texas and Arizona ahead of the November general elections, bringing its total spending on ad reservations for the cycle to $72.5 million, the group announced Tuesday. The latest reservations include $550,000 in the Phoenix media market and another $2.9 million in Houston. 




Biden: 56% (+3)

Trump: 44% (-3)


Warren: 28%

Harris: 19%

Abrams: 13%

Whitmer: 11%


Klobuchar: 8%

Rice: 7%

Bottoms: 6%

Duckworth: 4%

Grisham: 2%

Demings: 1%


June 23:

Kentucky primaries

New York primaries

Virginia primaries

Mississippi primary runoffs

North Carolina primary runoffs

South Carolina primary runoffs


June 30:

Colorado primaries

Oklahoma primaries

Utah primaries


July 7:

New Jersey primaries

Delaware primaries


July 11:

Louisiana primaries


July 14:

Alabama primary runoffs

Texas primary runoffs

Maine primaries


Aug. 4:

Arizona primaries

Kansas primaries

Michigan primaries

Missouri primaries

Washington primaries


Aug. 11:

Connecticut primaries

Minnesota primaries

Vermont primaries

Wisconsin primaries

Georgia primary runoffs


Aug. 18:

Alaska primaries

Florida primaries

Wyoming primaries


Aug. 17-20:

Democratic National Convention


Aug. 24-27:

Republican National Convention


Sept. 1:

Massachusetts primaries


Sept. 8:

New Hampshire primaries

Rhode Island primaries


Sept. 15:

Delaware primaries


Sept. 29:

First presidential debate


Oct. 7:

Vice presidential debate


Oct. 15:

Second presidential debate


Oct. 22:

Third presidential debate