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What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries
GOP picks nominee in top Senate race; 2 Toss-up House races will be set

Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith faces a DFL primary challenge Tuesday from five other candidates, including former Republican Richard Painter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

From New England to the upper Midwest, four states are hosting primaries Tuesday.

The most interesting contests are in Wisconsin and Minnesota, which both hold primaries for Senate and for several competitive House seats. And in two safe Democratic districts — one in Minnesota and one in Connecticut — primaries will likely pick new members of Congress.

Minnesota DFL Primary Will Shape Toss-up House Race
Five candidates face off in 8th District for right to take on top GOP recruit

Former Minnesota state Rep. Joe Radinovich is running for the DFL nomination in the 8th District. (Courtesy Joe Radinovich for Congress)

Looking at a map of potential Democratic takeover opportunities, Republicans’ see their bright spot in Minnesota’s 8th District. Just how bright it is, however, could largely depend on the outcome of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party primary on Tuesday.

There are few House districts that have attracted more outside spending during the previous two cycles than Minnesota’s 8th, where DFL Rep. Rick Nolan has twice defeated businessman Stewart Mills — the last time by just half a point while President Donald Trump was carrying the seat by 16 points. 

Republican Balderson Leads in Too-Close-To-Call Ohio Special Election
One GOP super PAC spent more than $3.3 million to hold longtime GOP seat

Ohio state Rep. Troy Balderson, seen here at the Licking County Hartford Fair on Monday, is leading in the special election in Ohio’s 12th District. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Republican Troy Balderson was narrowly ahead in the special election in Ohio’s 12th District on Tuesday night, but even with all precincts reporting, the race remained too close to call. 

Balderson led Democrat Danny O’Connor 50 percent to 49 percent, according to The Associated Press, which hadn’t called the race as of 11:50 p.m.

4 Things to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries
Voters in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington head to the polls

Besides the four states holding primaries Tuesday, the final House special election before November also takes place in Ohio’s 12th District. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Four states are hosting primaries Tuesday, which will decide the matchups in several contested House races and two Senate races.

Voters in Missouri, Kansas and Michigan will head to the polls, while Washington voters will head to their mailboxes, to choose nominees in a slew of competitive races. 

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Jim Jordan Scandal Comes to Ohio 12th Race
Democratic Super PAC asks if Balderson supports Jordan for Speaker

Democratic super PAC American Bridge is criticizing Troy Balderson, the Republican nominee in the special election for Ohio’s 12th District, for not saying whether he would support Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, for Speaker of the House (American Bridge/YouTube).

A Democratic super PAC wants to make the special election in Ohio’s 12th District also about accusations against Republican Rep. Jim Jordan.

American Bridge released a five-figure ad buy criticizing Republican candidate Troy Balderson for not saying whether he would support Jordan for Speaker of the House.

3 Things to Watch in Tennessee’s Thursday Primaries
Can a woman win a seven-way GOP primary in Knoxville area?

Ashley Nickloes is the only woman running in a seven-way GOP primary in Tennessee’s 2nd District. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Tennessee has the honor of voting on a Thursday — yes, a Thursday. While most of the attention will be on the competitive Republican gubernatorial primary, there’s plenty of action on the GOP side at the congressional level, too.

Three House Republicans from the Volunteer State aren’t seeking re-election. Diane Black is running for governor, Marsha Blackburn is running for Senate and John J. Duncan Jr. is retiring. That’s made for a few crowded primaries among ambitious conservatives looking to take advantage of open-seat races. Meanwhile, a freshman in the delegation is being outspent more than 2-to-1 by his primary challenger.

Ohio’s 12th District Race Tightens in Final Stretch of Special Election
Republican Balderson is still favored, but Democrat O’Connor is closing the gap

Democrat Danny O’Connor is waging a surprisingly competitive race in Ohio’s ancestrally Republican 12th District. (Jonathan Quilter/The Columbus Dispatch via AP file photo)

The first week of August isn’t normally for politicking.

But all eyes are on the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, for the next few days ahead of the last special election before the November midterms.

Federal Contractors Made Illegal Pro-Trump Super PAC Contributions, Complaint Says
Watchdog group wants FEC to investigate

Tourists from North Carolina don “Make America Great Again” hats in the Capitol Rotunda in March 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 8:43 p.m. | A politically connected contractor made a $500,000 contribution this spring to a pro-Trump super PAC the day after it received a payment of almost the same amount as part of a Department of Defense contract, a watchdog group said.

The Campaign Legal Center flagged that contribution and a $50,000 contribution from another company to a super PAC supporting Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign, in separate complaints to the Federal Election Commission filed Wednesday afternoon.

Tennessee Republicans Spar Over Trump Loyalty in Race to Replace Black
Winner of Aug. 2 GOP primary in 6th District likely heading to Congress

The two leading Republican candidates in Tennessee’s open 6th District are each arguing they’d be the strongest defender of President Donald Trump. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The script is predictable by now. 

A Republican primary in an open seat that’s assured to stay red in November? The candidates are going to talk about how much they love President Donald Trump and how much their opponents don’t.