Election results open thread

The big news of the day is that Barack Obama has picked up enough superdelegates, along with delegates pledged to John Edwards, to clinch the presidential nomination.

I’ve been trying to tell people at Daily Kos for months that the superdelegates would bring down the curtain after all the states had voted.

I think the extended primary season was on balance excellent for the Democratic Party, and I couldn’t disagree more with those who have been badgering Hillary Clinton to drop out for the past two or three months.

Early returns from South Dakota indicate that Hillary will win that primary, by the way.

Polls close soon in Iowa, and I will update this diary when I have some results to report.

UPDATE: With 46 percent of precincts reporting Boswell leads Fallon 56 percent to 44 percent. Not clear whether absentee ballots have already been counted. I would expect Boswell to have an edge there. Also not clear whether the big Des Moines precincts have reported.

UPDATE 2: Not looking good for Fallon–Boswell leads 57-43 with 60 percent of precincts reporting.

The GOP Senate candidates are bunched closely together with 25 percent of precincts reporting.

Still only 4 percent of precincts reporting in IA-04. Greenwald leads, but it’s way too early.

Peter Teahen is ahead in the GOP primary in IA-02 wih 30 percent of precincts reporting.

UPDATE 3: The Des Moines Register has called the IA-03 primary for Boswell. He leads 60-40 with 90 percent of precincts reporting.

Becky Greenwald has a huge lead in IA-04, with 52.6 percent of the vote after 59 percent of precincts reported. Kurt Meyer is in second place with 26.6 percent; William Meyers has 12.1 percent, and Kevin Miskell has 8.7 percent.

Mariannette Miller-Meeks has a small lead over Peter Teahen, 44.3 percent to 42.3 percent with 82 percent of precincts reporting.

The GOP Senate race is very close with 79 percent of precincts reporting: Christopher Reed has 35.4 percent, George Eichhorn has 34.9 percent.

UPDATE 4: There may need to be a recount in IA-02. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Miller-Meeks leads Teahen by fewer than 100 votes, 43.5 percent to 43.0 percent.

The GOP Senate primary is also a squeaker, with fewer than 200 votes separating reed and Eichhorn.

Boswell leads Fallon 61-29 with 98 percent reporting.

Greenwald leads Meyer 51-27 with 84 percent reporting.

All the Democratic House incumbents who had primary challengers held on to their seats.

Jerry Sullivan won the primary in House district 59 with 78 percent of the vote despite the robocalls against him that I wrote about last night.

FINAL UPDATE: It looks like Obama won the Montana primary and Clinton won the South Dakota primary.

I didn’t see Obama’s speech to a huge crowd in the Twin Cities, but I am amused that John McCain stupidly scheduled a speech for this evening. His speech got cut off so the tv networks could devote coverage to the big story (Obama winning the nomination) and Obama’s big speech (which was apparently great).

In IA-03, Boswell beat Fallon by 61-39 percent with all the precincts in. That is comparable to Representative Jane Harman’s victory over Marcy Winograd in a California Congressional district two years ago. Harman’s voting record reportedly improved after that primary. Let’s hope we can expect the same from Boswell.

Final results from the IA-04 primary: Greenwald 50.7 percent, Meyer 27.6 percent, Meyers 13.2 percent, Miskell 8.4 percent.

Christopher Reed won the GOP Senate primary by about 400 votes out of about 70,000 votes cast. He had 35.3 percent of the vote, George Eichhorn had 34.7 percent, and Steve Rathje had 29.9 percent.

IA-02 race called for Miller-Meeks. She won by a margin of 109 votes out of nearly 17,000 votes cast.

Nothing on the Des Moines Register’s site about recounts in the GOP Senate primary or Congressional primary in IA-02.

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  • No wide results yet...

    but Boz leads Fallon 56-44 in Polk County.

    Oh well.

    • Looks the same districtwide

      I will support Boswell in November of course, but I am disappointed.

      • I really wanted Fallon to win, hopefully he'll come back

        but I really doubt it.  I’ll still vote Boswell in the election as well, but I’m not happy.

        • Gagging here

          I had no strong feelings about Boz prior to this primary. Never a big fan, but did not hold his moderate stances against him. We need both moderates and progressives in our party. After this primary, I despise the man. A nasty, nasty campaign. Talk about showing your real values. If the general election was held tonight, I could not cast my vote for Boz. After a few months, I will likely be a good D and be able to hold my nose and vote for him.

          I just hope his supporters will hold his feet to the fire and make him become the progressive he all the sudden during this primary claimed to be. Even if that won’t happen, at least we got a few decent votes out of him during the primary. Something Desmoinesdem has often pointed out. Thanks to Ed for that. And thanks to Ed for running an issue-based campaign.

          • Windsor Heights is getting its own zip code

            so that’s a plus. City leaders couldn’t get Boswell’s help on that issue until this year.

            I won’t have trouble voting for Boswell in the general, but I certainly have a lower opinion of him now after seeing the way he ran his campaign.

        • He'll be back

          Ed told me directly tonight that he’s not going anywhere.  This is a man who’s been committed to change for his whole life, and so I can’t imagine that two losing elections would change that suddenly.

  • Boswell out did fallon

    I got a nasty mailer from  him every day, it seems. and was called several times by te campaign. Not so much outreach from Fallon (I had to reach out to him)

    • which county do you live in?

      One of my friends was complaining today that she’s gotten four calls from the Fallon campaign in the past couple of days. I thought the Fallon campaign had Polk County Democrats pretty well covered.

  • a mixed bag

    This is still reason for Boswell and those who rely on PACs and big business to fund their political machines, rather than individuals.  As much as Fallon was outspent, for him to come within 15%-20% of knocking off a multiple term same-party incumbent has to send a clear message, to Boswell and other Bush Dog Democrats.  It shows that Ed Fallon represents ideas and thinking that hold traction with PEOPLE, not big business or special interests.    It also shows we have work to do to continue to grow these grassroots, and that with time and determination, we can win.

    I think had there been at least one debate, Ed Fallon would have won.  We won a victory in showing that negative campaigning, 527 smear jobs, and big money can only go so far in winning elections.

    So can state and county political parties make rules governing the campaigns of their members in primary elections?  After all, primary elections are meant to select the best candidate to run in the general election.  Having a democrat in office just for the sake of having a democrat in office instead of a republican does no good if they vote like a republican.

     I think party rules should state that democratic primary candidates should be required to appear together in at least one debate. Especially if an democratic incumbent is challenged for their seat in a primary.  If they’re not willing to defend their incumbency in a debate, if they are not willing to justify their continued service in office, if they’re not willing to demonstrate that they are the most representative democrat that wants that office, then they have no business seeking reelection.

    I think we need to look more toward the party apparatus at the county and state levels if we want to secure victory for progressive democrats in state and national office.  If we have a party that rewards candidates with big money, PACs, and special interests over candidates with good ideas and the right convictions, we’re fighting an uphill battle in our own party.

    • this result suggests to me

      that a progressive challenger who did not support Nader in 2000 would have an excellent chance against Boswell in a Democratic primary.

      Then again, maybe only someone crazy enough to back Nader in 2000 would be crazy enough to challenge an entrenched, well-funded incumbent in a primary. You burn a lot of bridges that way.

  • So what does $108,000 in personal money by you?

    I love to do the quick math when someone dumps a bunch of personal weath into a campaign run — Kurt Meyer (who cares where the heck he lives now eh?) put in $108,000 of his own (or his wifes?) money into this race.  For the just over 5,000 votes he got — he personally paid $22.50 per vote out of his pocket.  That is amazing.

    • I do not think it is productive

      to mock candidates who did not win the primary.

      Our system allows self-funded candidates. Some of them win, and others fall short. Some turn out to be great representatives, and others don’t do as well in a legislative body, because they are used to calling all the shots in their business careers.