On The Beat -- Today’s Primaries
In Wisconsin, state firefighters union leader and Democrat Mahlon Mitchell -- the frontrunner and only person of color on the ballot -- is facing state schools Superintendent Tony Evers, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, former state Rep. Kelda Roys, activist Mike McCabe, former state Democratic Party chairmanMatt Flynn, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, and attorney and former UW-Eau Claire student Josh Pade. Wisconsin is less than 7% Black but struggles with high levels of Black unemployment and incarceration. The state has been called the worst place in the nation for African Americans. “We can never solve or tackle the problem of racial injustice until we tackle the problem of economic justice,” Mitchell says. Randy Bryce, despite showing impressive fundraising power and enjoying wide name recognition, is facing a competitive contest against Janesville School Board member Cathy Myers in his bid to win the Democratic primary to fight the GOP nominee in a bid replace retiring Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI). Myers has highlighted Bryce’s failure to pay child support and his multiple arrests, which include driving while intoxicated. However, many Democratic experts still expect Bryce to be the victor. DNC Vice Chair Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) is running for Minnesota Attorney General, but he faces allegations of domestic abuse just days before the primary. Five Dems are aiming to replace him in Congress. If nominated, Ilhan Omar could join Michigan's Rashida Tlaib as the first elected Muslim women on Capitol Hill. Omar faces fellow Somalian Jamal Abdulahi, Colombia-born state Sen. Patricia Torres Ray, Margaret Kelliher, Frank Nelson Drake, and Bobby Joe Champion. In Connecticut, Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes is aiming to make history as the state’s first Black Democrat elected to Congress. Although she lost the party’s backing at a nominating convention, she netted more than enough support to qualify for the primary ballot. She will face Mary Glassman. And 30-year-old Eva Bermudez Zimmerman is making waves to become the state’s Lieutenant Governor which would make her the state’s first Latina to hold statewide office. She will face Susan Bysiewicz. Catch The Beat DC tomorrow for the results. More here.