Several states held primary elections June 2 in a lead up to the election in November. Joe Biden picked up more delegates to become closer to securing the Democratic party’s nominee for President.

Iowa Representative Steve King, who was removed from House committees last year after he questioned why “white nationalist” and “white supremacist” were “offensive.” Also in Iowa, Democratic candidate Theresa Greenfield will meet incumbent Joni Ernst in the general election, where Iowa’s senate rate could potentially be competitive. Greenfield supports environmental initiatives, including clean energy and flood protection for the state. Iowa also saw record voter turnout for the race.


Amanda Cappelletti led incumbent State Sen. Daylin Leach in the Democratic primary for Pennsylvania’s 17th Senatorial District as of June 3. Cappelletti ran on environmental issues, health care and education. While Leach opposes fracking, Cappelletti wants to ban new wells and use taxes on wells for green infrastructure. Leach has been accused of sexual harassment and Cappelletti was endorsed by Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and the Working Families party.

In Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was killed by police in 2014, Ella Jones became the first black person and first woman elected as mayor. And in New Mexico, Teresa Leger Fernandez beat ex-CIA operative Valerie Plame for a House seat. Leger Fernandez is an activist and lawyer.

Voters faced long lines due to coronavirus restrictions and civil unrest in many areas. In the District of Columbia, people said they waited hours to vote due to social distancing requirements. “The good news is I’m really, really glad we had so many people interested and willing to vote. “The bad news is everyone decided to vote on the last day that vote centers are open and they decided to do it in person, and that just created an incredible logjam.” D.C. election board chair Michael Bennett told The Washington Post.

Read more political news including AOC’s role on Joe Biden’s climate committee, The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act, and Republicans who are fighting for climate rights. 


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