Politics Trump 2020 Election Presidential election Republicans Jamaal Bowman, a progressive, scored an upset victory over incumbent Eliot Engel in New York’s 16th Congressional District. The primary took place on June 23rd, but the contest wasn’t officially decided until more than three weeks later—and then only because Engel finally conceded. The problem wasn’t that the vote was close: Bowman held a 25-point lead in the early returns. It wasn’t because of a recount: there wasn’t one. The trouble was in simply counting the votes. More than 400,000 New York City voters mailed in their ballots—five times more than did so in the general election of 2008—burying election officials in paperwork. Had Engel chosen to challenge the mail-in ballots, you’d be reading this story without knowing the results. If only this were just a New York issue. The general election on November 3 may not end quite so cleanly. President Trump, whose poll numbers have been in decline for weeks over his messy response to the coronavirus pandemic, seems unconstrained, at least rhetorically, by the American political tradition of the peaceful transfer of power. He has said, with no basis in evidence, that he will consider mail-in votes to be fraudulent,… Read full this story
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