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Loyalty To Trump On The Ballot In Tuesday's Primaries

Loyalty To Trump On The Ballot In Tuesday's Primaries

Among the local elections in the primaries are the City Council District 2 contest between Democrats incumbent Pat Gibson-Hye Moore and LaShonda NeSmith-Jackson, the four Republicans, Betty Dowling, Debra Dennis, James "Junior" Lawhon, and Benjy Walsh, battling for county auditor, and the probate judge Republican primary between Jesse Cartrette Jr. and Emily Jordan.

Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., addresses the crowd during a town hall meeting March 18, 2017 in Hilton Head, S.C. Bob Corker, aren't running for re-election.

It's not one size fits all, with every candidate checking every box wanted by the activists driving the opposition to President Donald Trump and the GOP Congress, and Democratic voters typically aren't tapping the most liberal choices in targeted districts. He faces strong challengers in Catherine Templeton and John Warren, among others. He's outspoken about LGBTQ rights while endorsing a $15 minimum wage and a partial semi-automatic gun ban - all notable contrasts with the Republican congressman, Pete Sessions, he's trying to defeat in November.

Tarkanian's decision to run in the 3rd Congressional District paid off for him, even though the general election may be tougher now for Republicans given Tarkanian's losing track record and more conservative credentials.

Voters in ME will be the first in the nation to use the system in a statewide election that lets voters rank candidates by preference rather than choosing just one. That year, voters there ousted Democrat Steven Horsford after one term and elected Republican Cresent Hardy, who was unseated in 2016 by a Democrat who in December announced a scandal-driven retirement. This continues until someone has a majority or the candidate with the most votes in the final two is declared the victor.

When ballots are returned, one judge will review a color-coded stripe on each ballot, which is also viewable through a perforated tab on the envelope, to determine whether it's Republican or Democratic ballot.

In Maine's 1st District, incumbent Democratic Rep. Chellie Pingree will face Republican candidate Mark Holbrook. Blended primaries disenfranchise voters while placing a disproportionate amount of power in the hands of the few who turn out for primaries.

On Tuesday, three women - Elaine Luria, Abigail Spanberger and Jennifer Wexton - won Democratic primaries.

Jennifer Wexton will challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock for the 10th Congressional District seat in the November 6 election.

The swipe was a reference to Sanford's unexplained disappearance from the state in 2009, which he later said was part of an affair he was carrying on with a woman in Argentina.

Dean Heller in what promises to be one of the most important races for the U.S. Senate. State Sen. Wexton bested five other Democrats to win her primary in Virginia's 10th Congressional District, setting up a face-off with vulnerable Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock.

Arrington will face Joe Cunningham, who won the Democratic primary with 71.5 percent.

Friedman, who said she chose to run for office in part because Trump "scared my kids", said potential Democrat-led impeachment proceedings in the House would be "one of the most serious moments in our nation's history", but wouldn't commit to voting for impeachment without reviewing any impeachment articles.

In one sense, the stakes are low because the seats will immediately be up for election again. Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, is term-limited so the race is open for the first time since 2010 and the field is crowded. Because of the new ranked voting, his Democratic challenger is not yet known.

Voter turnout in the Democratic primary for the 10th Congressional District seat was approximately 5.7%. Republican auto-repair company owner Shawn Moody won his party's gubernatorial primary. Parnell ignored calls from Democratic officials including the party's chair who asked him to step out of the race.

This is the second special election Wisconsin Democrats have won this year. While many nominees will be determined June 12, some districts will use a different method of nomination.

Experts we questioned see state Treasurer Walker Stapleton the clear favorite among Republicans.

Daniella Cheslow contributed to this story from Washington.



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