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What to Watch For in Virginia, South Carolina, Nevada Primaries

Primary contests are also being held in Maine and North Dakota – we’ll cover those, too!

By NTK Staff | 06.12.2018 @11:00am
What to Watch For in Virginia, South Carolina, Nevada Primaries

This Tuesday marks yet another set of key primary races. This week’s primaries take place in Virginia, South Carolina, Nevada, Maine, and North Dakota.

NTK Network assembled the best “What to watch for” coverage out there and compiled it here.

South Carolina, via the Washington Post:

Loyalty to the president has become a defining issue in a state whose Republican establishment worked to deny Donald Trump the presidential nomination. Gov. Henry McMaster, one of few established South Carolina Republicans who backed Trump in 2016, is seeking a full term for governor as an ally of the president.

“When you have a winning record like this, you don’t fire the coach,” McMaster told reporters Monday.

But four Republicans are working to beat McMaster, who may be pushed into a June 26 runoff. A runoff is less likely in the 1st Congressional District, where Rep. Mark Sanford (R) admits he is in a tight primary with state legislator Katie Arrington.

North Dakota, via Bloomberg News:

In North Dakota, Republican Representative Kevin Cramer is the presumptive challenger to Heitkamp, who is in the fight of her career in a state Trump carried by a whopping 36 percentage points. Cramer, 57, is the GOP’s top choice, after he changed his mind this spring and said he would run for Senate rather than stay in the House.

Heitkamp, a former state attorney general, is popular in North Dakota. But Cramer is in his third term in the state’s at-large seat, so he has strong name recognition and a record for winning statewide. The only public poll so far in the race, a Feb. 21-24 Gravis Marketing survey, found Heitkamp barely leading, 43 percent to 40 percent, among registered voters in the state.

Maine, via CNBC:

Only one of Maine’s two House races is considered competitive this year. Democrats will vie on Tuesday to challenge Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin in the GOP-leaning 2nd District.

State Rep. Jared Golden leads the fundraising and spending race among Democrats. Small businessman Lucas St. Clair and former local elected official Craig Olson are also running for the nomination.

Nevada, via USA Today:

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is term-limited, opening up his seat for the 2018 election to a crowded field. Republican Adam Laxalt, the state’s attorney general, is likely to come out as the GOP candidate. But the race is close on the Democratic side — either Steve Sisolak or Christina Giunchigliani, both Clark County Commissioners, is expected to take the nomination. Open races in Nevada’s 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts have made for competitive primaries in both parties. Both seats are currently held by Democrats, but are considered competitive come November.

While the state’s Senate race will be a marquee event in November, the general election matchup is pretty much decided. Sitting Sen. Dean Heller a Republican is likely to keep his party’s nomination and face off against Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen. Heller was facing a real primary threat from Republican Danny Tarkanian, a conservative, pro-Trump businessman until Tarkanian dropped out of the race at the president’s urging. Trump asked Tarkanian to leave the primary — which was becoming increasingly bitter — and to run for the state’s 3rd Congressional District. Tarkanian came within one point of winning the 3rd District in the general election in 2016.

Virginia, via ABC News:

Stretching from the Washington, D.C., suburbs to West Virginia, Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is the only battleground House race in the capital area. Six Democrats are competing to take on Rep. Barbara Comstock, R-Va., a political survivor who hung on to her seat in 2016 despite Hillary Clinton’s win in her district.

State Sen. Jennifer Wexton, former Obama administration officials Alison Friedman and Lindsey Davis Stover, and West Point graduate and Rhodes Scholar Dan Helmer. are considered front-runners in the race, and nearly have raised enough money to run television ads in the expensive Washington D.C. media market. Julia Biggins, an infectious disease scientist endorsed by progressive group Our Revolution, and former prosecutor Paul Pelletier round out the Democratic slate.

National Democrats observing the race expect Wexton, who has been endorsed by Gov. Ralph Northam. D-Va., the Washington Post editorial board, and several Virginia House Democrats, to win on Tuesday. She’s been criticized by her opponents for supporting a 2016 gun law compromise, but has defended her record in Richmond and promised to work across the aisle in Congress on issues like infrastructure and combating the opioid crisis.

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