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Tricia Zunker defeats Lawrence Dale in WI-07 Democratic primary

Tricia Zunker defeated Lawrence Dale in Tuesday’s Democratic primary for the special election to fill the seat representing Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House. With 84% of precincts reporting, Zunker received 88.8% of the vote to Dale’s 11.2%. Zunker advanced to the district’s special general election on May 12. The 7th District seat was vacated by Sean Duffy (R) in September 2019.

Zunker said that she would be a voice in Washington for local farmers and work to improve public education. She said she was “in favor of Medicare for All for those who want it.” Dale campaigned on transitioning the area’s timber pulp industry to hemp pulp, growing the local farming industry, and passing Medicare for All.

Endorsements in the race focused on Zunker, who was endorsed by the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and Wisconsin 7th Congressional District Democratic Party, as well as Citizen Action of Wisconsin and Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

The special general election will be held on May 12. Duffy, who was first elected in 2010, won his last election in 2018 by a margin of about 22 percentage points.

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Sanders, Trump win New Hampshire presidential primaries

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) won the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire on Tuesday night. With 93% of precincts reporting, Sanders led former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg by 1.6%. Both are projected to win 9 pledged delegates. Sanders also won the New Hampshire primary in 2016.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) was the only other candidate to cross the 15% viability threshold, receiving 19.9% of the vote. She is projected to receive 6 pledged delegates. No other candidate earned double-digit support in the state.

Coming out of Iowa and New Hampshire without any delegates, Sen. Michael Bennet (Colo.) and entrepreneur Andrew Yang both ended their presidential campaigns on Tuesday night. Former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will reportedly also withdraw from the race on Wednesday morning.

Raw voter turnout in the Democratic primary was projected to be the highest in all New Hampshire Democratic primaries since 2004. The previous record was 285,000 voters in the 2008 primary.

In the Republican primary, President Donald Trump won with 85.6% support. He is projected to earn at least 20 of the state’s 22 delegates. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld came in second with 9.2%.

The next primary event is in Nevada on Feb. 22. Early voting begins on Saturday.

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