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Tuesday's special elections in Wisconsin: What you need to know

Tuesday's special elections in Wisconsin: What you need to know

One of the biggest races this primary- 4 Democrats and 4 Republicans are vying to become Colorado's governor. Bob Corker, aren't running for re-election.

Voters in Glen Allen also were casting ballots in the Democratic primary for the 7th Congressional District, where former Central Intelligence Agency officer Abigail Spanberger was vying against Dan Ward, a farmer and former Marine. He faces strong challengers in Catherine Templeton and John Warren, among others.

"Corey Stewart has run before and he didn't impress me", said Gordon, referring to Stewart's bid for the GOP gubernatorial nomination a year ago.

And in Virginia, incumbent Republican Rep.

Top political pundits and veteran campaign operatives struggled to see much daylight between the candidates, advising partisan voters to focus on who would be best positioned to win the general election November 6.

History was being made, in slow motion, in ME where ranked-choice voting was being used for the first time in a statewide primary election.

The backlash Sanford faced at the ballot box shows why so many lawmakers are hesitant to cross the president for fear of retribution.

DEMOCRATS PLAY FOR THE HOUSE: While Virginia has been trending blue at the statewide level for the past decade, Republicans have managed to have a firm grip on the commonwealth's House seats.

Trump endorsed Sanford's challenger, state Rep. Katie Arrington, who has described the incumbent as insufficiently loyal to the president. He'll face Mac Schneider, a former two-term state senator who ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

On the Republican side, Taylor easily defeated primary challenger Mary Jones, a former chairwoman of the James City County Board of Supervisors.

Though Wexton favors a ban on the sale of assault weapons, she defies what has been the tendency in some swing districts to nominate Democrats with liberal profiles on other key issues.

Democratic State Sen. Jennifer Wexton was the clear victor in a six-way primary in Virginia's 10th District, and will challenge Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock.

However, there is a real-world concern: when a jungle primary shuts out one party from a major race like for governor or senate, it tends to depress turnout among the excluded party's supporters in the general election, which can have a ripple effect down-ballot, even on races in which both parties have a standardbearer.

"I will certainly be a check on this president if I see him or congressional Republicans planning to advance policies that are damaging to the people of the country", she said.

NEVADA HOUSE RACES: Rep. Jacky Rosen's Senate candidacy opens up her seat, where Democrat Susie Lee has emerged as the Democratic frontrunner.

Among the U.S. House primaries, the most crowded is the Democratic contest for the 10th Congressional District in northern Virginia.

"When we win back state legislatures, we can resist Trump's agenda and enact America's agenda", says Democratic U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, a rising star in his party, in a video promoting its efforts.

U.S. Rep. Jared Polis and former state Treasurer Cary Kennedy are the top contenders, but they likely will divide mainstream Democrats. Mills is one of several Democrats running in the open contest, a key pickup opportunity for Democrats.

In Virginia's 2nd Congressional District in the Tidewater region along the Atlantic Coast, Democrat Elaine Luria, a former Navy commander and small business owner, won the Democratic primary.

There is a clear a reason for all the Democratic interest: Hillary Clinton won the district by 10 percentage points in 2016 and then-candidate Ralph Northam won the district in his governor's race by 13 percentage points a year later.

But Virginia also demonstrated the party's hurdles.

Groups like Forward Majority, a political action committee working to elect Democrats in state legislative races, aren't waiting for courts to act.

This is the second special election Wisconsin Democrats have won this year. Former Rep. Cresent Hardy won the Republican nomination, setting up a rematch with Horsford; Hardy beat Horsford in 2014, but lost two years later to Kihuen.

The Republican nominee, already chosen by convention, is state Del.

Daniella Cheslow contributed to this story from Washington.


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