Jun 24, 2020

Axios PM

By Mike Allen
Mike Allen

Good afternoon: Today's PM — edited by Justin Green — is 500 words, a 2-minute read.

Situational awareness: A grand jury has indicted the three suspects who were charged in the death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. Go deeper.

1 big thing: Last night's primary tides

Voting in Kentucky. Photo: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

There are plenty of votes left to be counted, but a few trend lines are worthy of your time:

  1. The AOC-backed Justice Democrats showed considerable strength.
  2. President Trump's endorsement wasn't worth its weight in gold.
  3. The absentee balloting process will require a reset in expectations.
  4. America needs young people to step up as polling workers.

The big picture: The U.S. is less than five months from an election, and the lasting visual from last night was the crowd of Black voters pounding on the doors of a polling center, let in only because of a judge's emergency injunction.

In New York's Democratic primaries, 16-term Rep. Eliot Engel is trailing middle school principal Jamaal Bowman, who was backed by AOC.

  • "In 2018, Dem voters showed an unprecedented desire to nominate women. In 2020, we're witnessing another sea change in desire, this time towards Black candidates," tweeted Dave Wasserman of the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
  • 14-term Rep. Carolyn Maloney has a narrow lead, although she said it should widen.

Between the lines: The New York races might not be called today because of absentee ballots, which are in huge demand because of COVID-19.

  • Expect a similar trend in November, and don't be surprised if there isn't a winner on election night, or even the day after.

In North Carolina's Republican primary, President Trump suffered a surprise defeat in the race to fill the seat vacated by his chief of staff Mark Meadows.

  • The loss was only the second endorsement in a Republican primary where Trump came out on the losing end.
  • As Axios' Jonathan Swan reported today, Trump was persuaded into the endorsement by Meadows' wife, and the decision angered House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

The bottom line: If you're young and healthy, now would be a very good time to step up as a poll worker.

2. Pic du jour
Photo: Emily Hamer/Wisconsin State Journal via AP

Wisconsin's "Forward" statue lies in the street on Capitol Square in Madison, Wisconsin.

  • Crowds tore down two statues — including one honoring a Union soldier who died fighting the Confederacy.
  • They also attacked a state senator amid protests following the arrest of a Black man who shouted at restaurant customers through a megaphone while carrying a baseball bat.
3. Catch up quick
  1. Bayer has agreed to pay just over $10 billion to settle roughly 94,000 claims that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer. Go deeper.
  2. Google announced new limits on how long it will maintain data for some of its services, expanding a data minimization push that began last year. Go deeper.
  3. Senate Democrats have blocked the Republican police reform bill. Go deeper.
  4. The tri-state area will impose a travel advisory and 14-day quarantine for travelers from states with high coronavirus infection rates beginning tonight at midnight. Go deeper.
  5. An internal revolt is escalating at the United States Agency for International Development over recent hires of senior officials with records of anti-LGBT+ and anti-Muslim comments. Go deeper.
4. 1 fun thing

Photo: Corey Rich/Amazon via AP

Bear Grylls said he was brought to tears by the determination of competitors on “World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji," AP reports.

  • The series’ new 10-episode season, hosted by Grylls and with 66 teams from 30 countries, will debut Aug. 14 on Amazon Prime Video.
  • The nonstop race with 330 competitors was held for 11 days and across more than 400 miles.
Mike Allen