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 · 1:17:48 AM +00:00
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The AP, NBC, CNN, and ABC have all called the Florida Democratic primary for Joe Biden. With 62% of precincts reporting, Biden currently leads Bernie Sanders 61-23, with Mike Bloomberg at 9.
Polls have also closed in Illinois; no votes have reported there yet, though. In addition to the presidential primary, we’ll also be keeping an eye on Democratic primaries in IL-03 (the big Dan Lipinski vs. Marie Newman showdown) and IL-07 (where incumbent Danny Davis faces multiple opponents), and Republican primaries in IL-14 (to see who goes up against Democratic freshman Lauren Underwood) and IL-15 (a dark red open seat vacated by John Shimkus).
There are 40 precincts in Cook County, Illinois, that will remain open until 8 pm local time (i.e. forty minutes from now), because they opened late or got consolidated with other precincts. (There are some Illinois votes trickling in now, but less than 1% of the expected total.)
We’re still waiting in Illinois on a second call on the Democratic presidential primary, or on the numbers to even get to 10% of precincts reporting. However, one thing we can tell you is that there’s an exciting Republican primary going on in IL-14, for the right to go up against Lauren Underwood in November. Right now, it’s Jim Oberweis at 24.97%, Catalina Lauf at 24.62%, Sue Rezin at 21, and Ted Gradel at 12.
Polls have now also closed in the Arizona presidential primary. (We might get a call in Illinois soon, now that those outstanding Cook County precincts have closed.)
We’ve also finally hit the 10% reporting mark in Illinois’s presidential primary. (11% actually.) It’s currently Biden 55, Sanders 39.
We’re also up to 11% in the IL-03 primary. It looks like Dan Lipinski is on track to win again, this time by a slightly wider margin than 2 years before: he’s leading Marie Newman 51-42.
The AP has called the IL-07 Democratic primary for long-time incumbent Danny Davis. This race turned out pretty unremarkable, as he leads his nearest opponent, Kina Collins, 69-12.
Things got a lot closer in IL-03: Lipinski leads Newman by only 50-44, with 12% reporting.
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