The coronavirus has prompted the cancellation of in-person voting today in Ohio, but primaries are still continuing in Arizona, Florida, and Illinois. Voters are casting ballots in the Democratic presidential primary in all three states, and they’re also picking nominees for downballot offices in Illinois.
Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020 · 2:28:10 AM +00:00
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Ka-boom! With a huge drop of votes (suddenly up to 41% reporting), Marie Newman (the progressive challenger) shoots past Dan Lipinski. She now leads 47-43.
Finally, we have a second call in Illinois’s presidential primary, from NBC, as well as the AP. Biden’s clearly in command here; with 31% reporting, Biden leads Sanders 59-36. Sanders appears to be winning a grand total of one county in the entire state: Champaign County, where the Univ. of Illinois is.
The Republican primary in IL-14 remains neck-and-neck-and-neck. With 43% reporting, state Senator, ice cream baron, and previous loser in IL-14 in 2008 Jim Oberweis barely leads, at 25. He’s followed by Sue Rezin at 23 and Catalina Lauf at 22.
The Democratic primary in IL-03 has just nudged past the halfway mark, and while the margin has tightened a little, challenger Marie Newman still leads veteran Rep. Dan Lipinski by a 46-44 margin.
In what was a somewhat high-profile “in the weeds” downballot race, it looks like incumbent Democratic Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx enjoys a 46-34 lead over fellow Democrat Bill Conway. Foxx became a national figure after the Jussie Smollett case.
A few more ballots drop in IL-03. With 54% of precincts now in, challenger Marie Newman now leads Rep. Dan Lipinski 47-44. The raw vote margin sits, presently, at 1227 votes.
In IL-15, the Republican primary to replace longtime Rep. John Shimkus has not been called yet, but it appears that the outcome is nearly a formality. With 44% reporting, Mary Miller has a resounding 59-22 lead over Darren Duncan, a relatively rare example (if it holds) of the GOP replacing a male Congressman with a female nominee.
Now up to 68% reporting in IL-03 (D), and Marie Newman’s lead has actually grown, even as the margin has dipped from 3 points down to 2 points (47-45). That’s because, even as the percentage has dipped incrementally, the raw vote lead has actually expanded. Newman now leads by 1352 votes. What’s more—more of Lipinski’s base has already reported than Newman’s. So, while it is way too close to call, Newman’s camp has reason for optimism.
Also, we shouldn’t ignore the fact that polls have now closed in Arizona, although it will be a while before we see results from the state.
The two closest primaries of the night have been Congressional races, and both have seen a little more daylight emerge for the leaders in the latest returns. In IL-03, Marie Newman’s lead is up to nearly 1800 votes, with some Will County votes finally starting to report.
Meanwhile, in IL-14, perennial candidate (and former state legislator) Jim Oberweis has managed to pull ahead by around 700 votes over second-place Carol Rezin. This is with about two-thirds of the vote in.
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