The United States experienced an election day with a high percentage of mail ballots as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which prevented the completion of the results recounts.
The most important date was the New York State primary, although there were also races in Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.
Incomplete recounts and a general lack of results is an indicator of what can happen in November’s presidential elections: no winner will be known on election night.
One of the few known winners on Tuesday night was leftist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won the Democratic primary in her district with 72.9% of the vote against a moderate candidate.
“Tonight we proved that the people’s movement in New York was no accident. It’s a mandate,” she said after the congresswoman was declared the winner.
However, the race that had sparked the most national interest was that of a district neighboring that of Ocasio-Cortez, which represents the powerful Democratic Congressman Elliot Engel, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee for 30 years.
At this hour, Engel, a strong supporter of Israel and promoter of sanctions against US rivals, was receiving 35.9% of the vote compared to 60.5% for his rival, Jamaal Bowman, a former leftist high school principal.
Despite the difference, Engel’s campaign was reluctant to admit defeat, noting that “the full results of the primary will not be known for some time” because of the high percentage of mail ballots.
While Engel had received the support of Hillary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, Bowman had that of Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, in fact, participated in the Democratic primary for the White House despite having withdrawn from the race months ago, achieving almost 20% of the votes against 67% for the virtual candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.
MCCONNELL EXPECTS RIVAL
In Kentucky, eyes were on the Democratic Senate primary, the winner of which will face the Republican leader in the Upper House, Mitch McConnell, in November.
Former war veteran Amy McGrath leads with 44.7% of the votes counted to leftist Charles Booker (36.5%), with the votes of Louisville, Kentucky’s most populous city and a Democratic oasis in a Republican state, still uncounted.
Louisville’s difficulties in voting, with only one electoral college for its 600,000 residents, attracted almost as much attention as the race itself and led to complaints against the state’s Republican leadership.
Authorities closed the doors of the polling station at 6 p.m. local time, with hundreds of people still waiting outside to force the reopening of the school in order to exercise their right.
In both New York and Kentucky, the recount is expected to take at least a week to complete.
SETBACKS FOR TRUMP
U.S. President Donald Trump suffered a couple of setbacks in his party’s primary on Tuesday.
In North Carolina, a 24-year-old beat Trump-supported candidate Lynda Bennett to fill the seat vacated in Congress by current White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.
And in Kentucky, Congressman Thomas Massie won his primary with 88 percent despite Trump’s call for his expulsion from the Republican Party after the legislator tried to block approval of the economic rescue package for the coronavirus.