Washington, June 24 (EFE) .- The United States lived an election day on Tuesday with a high percentage of mail votes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, which prevented the completion of the results.
The most important date was the New York State primaries, although there were also races in Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina.
The incomplete counts and the general lack of results is an indicator of what can happen in the November presidential elections: that the winner is not known on the night of the elections.
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 demonstrated that the popular movement in New York was not an accident. It is a mandate,” said the congresswoman after being declared the winner.
However, the race that had sparked the most national interest was that of a neighboring district of Ocasio-Cortez, which represents the powerful Democratic congressman Elliot Engel, president of the Lower House Foreign Affairs Committee, for 30 years.
At this time, Engel, a strong supporter of Israel and promoter of sanctions against US rivals, received 35.9% of the vote compared to 60.5% of his rival, Jamaal Bowman, a former institute director leftist.
Despite the difference, Engel’s campaign resisted admitting defeat, noting that “the full results of the primaries will not be known for some time” due to the high percentage of votes by mail.
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Sanders, in fact, participated in the Democratic primaries to the White House despite having withdrawn from the race months ago, obtaining almost 20% of the votes compared to 67% of the virtual candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden.
MCCONNELL WAITING RIVAL
In Kentucky, eyes were on the Democratic primary for the Senate, whose winner will face the Republican leader in the Upper House, Mitch McConnell, in November.
War ex-pilot Amy McGrath ahead with 44.7% of the votes counted to the leftist Charles Booker (36.5%), without having counted the votes of Louisville, the most populated city in Kentucky and a Democratic oasis in a republican state.
Difficulties in voting in Louisville, with a single polling station for its 600,000 residents, drew almost the same attention as the race itself and sparked denunciations of the state’s Republicans.
The authorities closed the doors of the voting center at 18:00 local time, with hundreds of people still waiting outside who forced the reopening of the school to exercise their right.
In both New York and Kentucky the count is expected to take at least a week to complete.
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, suffered a couple of setbacks in his party’s primaries on Tuesday.
In North Carolina, a 24-year-old man beat Trump-backed candidate Lynda Bennett to fill the vacant position of current White House chief of staff Mark Meadows in Congress.
And in Kentucky, Congressman Thomas Massie won his primaries 88% despite Trump calling for his expulsion from the Republican Party after the legislator tried to hinder the approval of the economic rescue package for the coronavirus.