The Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives feel momentum after primary night

The Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives feel momentum after primary night

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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 feeling pretty good right now after elections in New York and Kentucky put some of their fast-rising stars in position to score huge upsets against incumbent lawmakers and candidates backed by Washington Democrats.

There is still a lot of vote counting to be done — results in both states will likely not be official until June 30, when all absentee ballots are in.

But here’s a look at how things have unfolded so far:

 - Progressive Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) has a 25-point lead over House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelVoice of America not extending foreign journalists' visas: report New York candidates left on hold as primary results trickle in New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries MORE (D-N.Y.). Bowman has claimed victory, and the left is describing the race as “one of the biggest upsets in recent progressive history.”

 - Progressive challenger Charles Booker trails Amy McGrath by about 7 points in the Kentucky Democratic Senate primary. Booker became a national star amid the protests over the death of George Floyd and is very much in the race against McGrath, who had a massive fundraising advantage and help from Washington Democrats.

 - Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHispanic Democrats build capital with big primary wins OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Sanders-Biden climate task force calls for carbon-free power by 2035 | Park Police did not record radio transmissions during June 1 sweep of White House protesters | Court upholds protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears Biden-Sanders 'unity task force' rolls out platform recommendations MORE (D-N.Y.) won a landslide victory over Michelle Caruso-Cabrera (D-N.Y.), who raised millions of dollars and had support of the business community.


 - Progressive candidates Mondaire Jones, Ritchie Torres and Dana Balter have all built up double-digit leads in their House primary races in New York. Jones and Torres are looking to become the first openly gay black men ever elected to Congress.

 - Insurgent Democrat Suraj Patel (D-N.Y.) is running even with House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyNew York candidates left on hold as primary results trickle in New Jersey incumbents steamroll progressive challengers in primaries Nurses union warns of shortage in protective gear amid new coronavirus surge MORE (D-N.Y.). Progressives did not rally around Patel the way they did the others, but the contest underscores the volatile landscape incumbents and Washington-backed candidates are facing at the moment.

The Working Families Party said Tuesday’s elections are evidence that the uprising in the streets over the police killing of George Floyd has ushered in a new era of political change in the U.S. that is being led by people of color.

“The rage and mourning we've seen in the streets is making itself felt in elections from New York to Kentucky. A remarkable cadre of candidates — Charles Booker, Jamaal Bowman, and Mondaire Jones — has gained momentum in recent weeks because they are speaking to people's pain and hunger for transformational change. Win or lose, these Black progressive candidates are expanding the scope of the possible and laying the ground for the future of our work … Today we're seeing that they may form the core of a new multiracial coalition that could change the balance of power in this country.” - WFP National Director Maurice Mitchell



Progressives riding high as vote tabulated in New York and Kentucky, by Jonathan Easley.



A number of high-profile Democrats are slated to hold virtual events for Biden in the coming weeks. Former 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to visit Georgia next week Former NY Rep. Claudia Tenney to face Anthony Brindisi in House rematch Powell takes on Trump over Confederate flag MORE, as well as former 2020 Democratic contenders Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street Buttigieg's new book, 'Trust,' slated for October release Biden hires top aides for Pennsylvania MORE, Beto O’Rourke, Andrew YangAndrew YangBiden campaign to take over 'Supernatural' star's Instagram for interview Hillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology The Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives feel momentum after primary night MORE and Julián Castro are set to take part in events for Biden in June and July. Julia Manchester reports.

With pressure mounting on Biden to choose a woman of color as his running mate, some Black progressives are urging the former vice president to tap Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations Progressive activist Ady Barkan endorses Biden, urges him to pick Warren as VP Congress must act now to fix a Social Security COVID-19 glitch and expand, not cut, benefits MORE (D-Mass.) for the role. Their preference for Warren is ideological, to be sure, but some also argue that the Massachusetts senator and former presidential candidate is best positioned to champion the changes demanded by the Black Lives Matter movement. The Hill’s Amie Parnes reports.

The Trump campaign is suing Priorities USA, the largest Democratic super PAC, for running an ad that they argue misrepresented the president’s remarks on the coronavirus. The complaint was made in conjunction with a lawsuit against a Wisconsin TV station that continued to air the ad after receiving a cease-and-desist letter. The Hill’s Max Greenwood reports.



Confidants of Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump says he'll wear mask during upcoming trip to Walter Reed Trump to visit Georgia next week Jill Biden promises if Biden's elected 'no more Betsy DeVos' MORE helped propel 24-year-old Madison Cawthorn to victory in the North Carolina primary to replace White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Miami pauses reopenings as COVID-19 infections rise, schools nationally plot return Overnight Health Care: Trump downplaying of COVID-19 sparks new criticism of response Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response MORE. The Hill’s Scott Wong reports that it has created an awkward dynamic in the White House because Meadows and President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE endorsed Cawthorn’s challenger. 

SCOOP: Conservative women’s group Maggie’s List rolled out its latest round of endorsements to Campaign Report on Wednesday. They include Wyoming Senate candidate Cynthia LummisCynthia Marie LummisChamber of Commerce endorses Cornyn for reelection The Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives feel momentum after primary night Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter MORE, Indiana’s 5th District candidate Victoria Spartz, Michigan’s 3rd District candidate Lynn Afendoulis, and Illinois’s 17th District candidate Esther Joy King. The Cook Political reports rates the Wyoming Senate race as “solid Republican” and the race for Indiana’s 5th District as “lean Republican.” The website also rated Michigan’s 3rd District as “lean Republican,” and Illinois’s 17th District as “likely Democratic. 

“The energy from our grassroots network this cycle is palpable. We are excited to support our list of endorsed candidates and we look forward to helping them go on to win their elections in November,” Maggie’s List Chairwoman Sandra Mortham said in a statement. 

The Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump GOP super PAC, endorsed former Montana Gov. Steve BullockSteve BullockInternal poll shows tight battle in Montana House race The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools MORE in his Senate race against incumbent Sen. Steve DainesSteven (Steve) David DainesSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Finger-pointing, gridlock spark frustration in Senate Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad MORE on Wednesday. The group marked its endorsement with a new digital ad, titled “Strong.” Julia +.



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Biden: 49%

Trump: 41%




Biden: 46%

Trump: 45%

-Everytown in NC 



Everytown for Gun Safety is planning to spend $5 million ahead of the general election in North Carolina, as a part of its $60 million electoral program. The gun control group said in a call with reporters on Wednesday that the initiative will focus on the presidential election in the state, the Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisSenate GOP hedges on attending Trump's convention amid coronavirus uptick Lincoln Project offers list of GOP senators who 'protect' Trump in new ad The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic Unity Taskforce unveils party platform recommendations MORE and Democrat Cal Cunningham, as well as state legislature races. “It’s not just the presidential [race]. We view the statewide and down ballot races as incredibly important,” said senior political adviser for Everytown Charlie Kelly. “The issue does persuade and mobilize.” 



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