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U.S. Democrats fight for their future in tough statehouse races

U.S. Democrats fight for their future in tough statehouse races

Comstock has one Republican challenging her in the primary, Shak Hill. The Legislature isn't expected to convene again until January, which means Frostman and Plumer probably won't vote on anything before they have to run for re-election in November.

Voters using the Democratic Party ballot this primary election have a choice to make about which candidate for Attorney General they would like to see on the general ballot this November. Warren surged in the final weeks of the race to edge out Catherine Templeton, a former member of Haley's Cabinet, for the No. 2 position in the race and the runoff slot. But, taken together, the crop of nominees is trending more liberal than numerous "Blue Dog" Democrats swept away in Republicans' 2010 midterm romp.

In the 1st District, Vangie Williams won a three-way race for the right to take on GOP incumbent Rob Wittman.

Comstock now has a battle in November's general election.

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. Numerous ballots included in Monday's report were cast by military and overseas voters, whose ballots were mailed out a month ago and have been arriving by return mail for weeks. It's Democrats' third big special election win in Wisconsin this year alone, and their 43rd state legislative seat they've flipped in the Trump era.

It's an incredibly confusing primary with six Democrats competing for the chance to run against the Republican incumbent.

Wexton has not called for a single-payer, government-run health insurance system, as some Democratic House primary winners in California, Nebraska and Pennsylvania have.

First-term Rep. Rachel Talbot Ross, a Democrat representing Portland's District 40, fended off in a primary challenge from former Rep. Herb Adams, who she defeated by just 28 votes in a three-way primary in 2016.

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As the only elected official running in the primary, Wexton started with a name recognition advantage since she already represents part of the 10th District. She has been endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden and has financial backing from environmentalists, labor unions, women's and abortion rights groups.

NEVADA HOUSE RACES: Rep. Jacky Rosen's Senate candidacy opens up her seat, where Democrat Susie Lee has emerged as the Democratic frontrunner. It stretches from north of Las Vegas through four rural counties in the western battleground state that Democrat Hillary Clinton carried in her loss to President Donald Trump in 2016.

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.

Former State Department official Alison Friedman touted her experience working in the Obama Administration as a senior State Department official. Gov. Paul LePage, a Republican, is term-limited so the race is open for the first time since 2010 and the field is crowded. Kelly Armstrong easily won Tuesday's Republican primary for North Dakota's U.S. House seat being vacated by Rep. Kevin Cramer.

A Lloyd voter, 79-year-old Ardell Christianson, said that no matter who wins, it will be an accurate picture of which party has momentum for the fall.

The Democratic primary in Maine's 2nd Congressional District has drawn national attention for becoming a faceoff between two kinds of candidates that the party has been trying to recruit in swing seats: Jared Golden, an Iraq War veteran and state representative, and Lucas St. Clair, the wealthy heir of the Burt's Bees fortune. CNN rates this race as Lean Democrat.

She'll challenge Republican Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in the 10 Congressional District. He somewhat improbably won election to Congress a few years later. 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. State Del. Nick Freitas is the most "establishment" GOP pick, but even he has made controversial comments about school shootings.

Daniella Cheslow contributed to this story from Washington.


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