Headline RoundupJune 4th, 2024

Previewing the Final 2024 Primaries

Summary from the AllSides News Team

On Tuesday, voters will cast ballots for federal, state, and local elections in Montana, New Jersey, and New Mexico. There will also be state and local elections in South Dakota and Washington, D.C.

Key Details: In these final primaries, former President Donald Trump will appear on the ballots for the first time since his felony conviction on May 30th. Both Trump and President Joe Biden are expected to easily prevail in the contests, though some protest voters may vote for Nikki Haley, rather than Trump, and some may vote "uncommitted" in protest of President Biden's handling of the war between Israel and Hamas.

For Context: Biden and Trump clinched their party nominations back in March despite some protest votes. "Uncommited" votes have notched 30 delegates against Biden so far, and Nikki Haley has received tens of thousands of votes, highlighting fractures within both major political parties.

Senate Races: In Montana, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is fighting to hold onto his seat against U.S. Army and Navy veteran Michael Hummert so he can face Republican businessman Tim Sheehy in November. In New Jersey, in the seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez (who may run as an independent in November), Democratic Rep. Andy Kim is expected to win his party's nomination. Trump-backed Mendham Borough Mayor Christine Serrano Glassner will face three other candidates for the Republican nomination.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum noted the possible impact of protest votes by both Republicans and Democrats.

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