Several important state congressional primaries were held yesterday, including several purple-to-blue districts in California currently held by Republicans.  California has an insane primary structure that puts the top two vote getters on the November ballot regardless of party.  So if two Republicans run and twenty Democrats run in the same district, it’s mathmatically likely that both of the Republicans will move to the general election, shutting the Democrats out.  And this is the situation in several of the primaries yesterday.  More Democrats than Republicans on the ballots.

Luckily, at the time of this writing, the top two primary slots in each district included at least one Democrat, but some races remained very close and many ballots had yet to be counted.  So by the time you wake up and read this, the outcome might have changed for the worse.

We are less three weeks away from our own NY-19 primary, and with California out of the way, national attention will quickly focus on our tossup district to see which Democrat wins the nomination.  PAC money is already pouring in, and TV ads for the candidates are slowing moving from late night slots to prime time.

If you have not made up your mind, there are still several chances to meet the candidates, and you can always listen to the debate that took place on Monday night in Hudson.  It’s here:

The next candidate debate will take place in Cooperstown, NY on Tuesday June 12th at 7pm at the Cooperstown High School.

Cooperstown is pretty far from Dutchess County, but fear not.  There will be a candidate meet-and-greet sponsored by Hudson Valley Strong in Rhinebeck on Tuesday June 19th at 6:30pm in the Rhinebeck Town Hall, 80 Market Street.

The Republicans are feeling better about their chances in the midterms this November.  Trump’s approval rating has been slowing rising (it’s still abysmal) and with gerrymandering and voter suppression, it will be difficult under the best circumstances for Democrats to take back the House and hold a corrupt and possibly criminal President (and wannabe tyrant) accountable.

Please stay engaged, be an informed voter, get out and vote, and then get ready to support whoever wins the nomination.  Keep working to Fire Faso, for the benefit of our fellow citizens.


NOTE: the first draft of his incorrectly listed the HVS forum as June 18th, but it’s on the 19th.

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