Wins and Losses and the September 12th Primaries
Could St. Rep. Keith Ellison overcome bad press and relentless attacks and questions about his faith and win Minnesota's DFL nomination in congressional district 5?
Who would win the Democratic nomination for Mayor of Washington DC and become the probable Mayor of the capital city?
Would the African American vote in New York's 11th congressional district be split allowing a white candidate to win a 60% African American district represented by a black Congressperson for over 30 years?
And could a pro-war vote and support of the Iraqi action cost an African American member of congress his seat?
As of the writing of this blog, the answers to almost all of those questions have been answered.
At 5:00 pm MDT the race in Maryland's 4th Congressional district is still a toss up. Incumbent Al Wynn, who's pro war vote and support caused a white hot challenge by Donna Edwards, is up by only 2800 votes with 95% of the vote reporting.
Elsewhere in Maryland: Kweisi Mfume came up short in his bid to win the Democratic nomination for the US Senate to Congressman Ben Cardin 46% to 39%. In the Attorney General race Stuart Simms, who entered the contest late after his Lt. Gubernatorial candidancy was short-circuited, lost to Douglas Gansler by 12 points. In the campaign to replace Ben Cardin in Congress, Mishonda Baldwin received only 2% of the vote in the Congressional District 3 contest. And as expected Republican Michael Steele, the Commonwealth's Lt. Governor, stormed to victory receiving 87% of vote. Another candidate for the GOP Senate nomination Corrigan Vaughn only received 1%.
In New York: Yvette Clarke withstood a fierce challenge from three other candidates, Carl Andrews, Chris Owens and David Yassky, to win the Democratic nomination for the open 11th Congressional District. A pre-race poll should that Yassky, a white city councilman, in a four way dead heat in a district that is 60% African American. In the nearby 10th CD Edolphus Towns held off challenges from Charles Barren and Roger Green and the won the right to represent the Democratic Party for another term. Charlie King lost his effort for Attorney General to Andrew Cuomo and Assemblyman David Paterson, who is legally blind, won the Democratic nomination to be Lt. Governor of New York. Paterson was tapped by gubernatorial candidate Eliot Spitzer to be his running mate.
In Washington DC: A tight race for Mayor was blown wide open by young City Councilman Adrian Fenty in the closing weeks of the campaign and Fenty went on to beat City Council Chair Linda Cropp by 26 points. With the District's democratic registration over 70% Fenty appears well on his way to being the next Mayor of DC.
Finally in Minnesota: State Representative Keith Ellison held off personal issues, questions about his Muslim faith and 6 opponents to win the Democratic-Farm-Labor nomination to be the next Congressman from Minneapolis' 5th district and the first Muslim ever elected to Congress. Lastly in a strange contest in Minnesota's 4th CD Ogabazghi Sium crushed Jack Shepherd for the GOP nomination, but Shepherd couldn't campaign for the post because he is fugitive from the law and lives...in Italy.
Next week Massachusetts holds its primary and Deval Patrick, who received more good poll news today, will be up against two opponents in his campaign for governor.