Turnout low for statewide primary races.
Less than 20 percent of the state’s registered Democrats and Republicans turned out for their respective party primaries on Tuesday. The state Board of Elections put the percentages at 19.59 for Democrats and 19.59 for Republicans with 348 of 354 districts reporting.
Here are the results of Tuesday’s statewide Primary Election battles with 98 percent of the polling places reporting:
Democrats for Congress
Lisa Blunt Rochester beat out five challengers in the Democratic Primary and will move on to face three new challengers in her bid to be our new representative in Congress.
Republican Hans Reigle, Green Party candidate Mark Joseph Perri and Libertarian candidate Scott Gesty were uncontested in their bids. The four will face off in the General Election.
Rochester led Bryan Townsend, her closest competitor, 44 percent to 25 percent. Sean Barney was third with 20 percent, followed by Michael C. Miller Sr., Scott Walker and Elias J. Weir all with single-digit percentages.
Republican -- Governor
Colin Bonini is the Republican voters’ choice for Governor, beating Lacey Lafferty in Tuesday’s primary 70 percent to 30 percent with 348of 354 precincts reporting. Bonini will face Democrat John Carney Jr., who did not have a primary challenger, and Libertarian candidate Scott Getsy on the November General Election ballot.
Democratic – Lt. Governor
In the crowded field of Democratic Lt. Governor candidates, Bethany Hall-Long emerged the winner with 29 percent of the vote, followed by Sherry Dorsey Walker with 22 percent, Ciro Poppiti III with 17 percent and Kathleen McGuiness with 17 percent.
Hall-Long will face Republican La Mar T Gunn in the General Election. Gunn did not have a primary challenger.
In the race for Insurance Commissioner, Jeffrey Craig [no photo available] is beating George Parrish in the Republican contest 52 percent to 48 percent in the night’s closest race. Only about 900 votes separate the two.
Trinidad Navarro beat Karen Weldin-Stewart 55 to 45 percent on the Democratic ballot. The two winners will face off in November’s General Election.