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Democrats compete in Virginia's 10th Congressional District primary

13 Juin 2018

Tuesday's primaries in Virginia, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina, and ME indicated that in many congressional races, vehemently attacking President Trump will not be a winning strategy for either Democrats or Republicans in the November 6 general election. Nick Freitas statewide with 45 percent of the vote. Democratic operatives in nearby Washington see the region as a hotbed for Democratic activism in response to Trump and the example of the suburban district they believe is key to the party taking back the House. Tim Kaine. In South Carolina, Rep. Mark Sanford is facing an insurgent primary challenger who is attacking him for his criticism of Trump.

Kaine is Hillary Clinton's former running mate and a former governor seeking a second term in the Senate. Democratic Party groups and aligned political committees expect to spend tens of millions of dollars trying to win back legislative seats and governorships.

Local elections officials are reporting low turnout so far across Virginia in Tuesday's primary.

In Senate District 1, Republican Rep. André Jacque of De Pere faces Democrat Caleb Frostman, the former head of the Door County Economic Development Corp.

Sixteen percent of voters, no doubt including many annoyed Republicans, left their senate ballots blank, the highest rate in seven decades. There is no Republican on the November general election ballot. But advocates say it will ensure the victor received a majority of the vote and not just a plurality. While she accused the congresswoman of avoiding hard questions from her constituents, Comstock said she prefers small-group meetings and tele-town halls that can reach thousands of people at once.

Bohner says Stewart isn't flawless but the "lesser of three evils" on the ballot. He led the GOP primary with half the vote tallied. And in the 7th, Abigail Spanberger is the Democrat who will challenge incumbent Republican Dave Brat. And while we've known the general election lineups for some time now, Wednesday morning Senate campaigns in North Dakota, Nevada, Virginia and ME will officially have moved into general election mode.

Fourth-term Rep. Mark Amodei fended off a GOP primary challenge from badly outspent tea party favorite Sharron Angle in northern Nevada's 2nd District, and Democratic Rep. Dina Titus cruised to a lopsided victory in her bid for a fifth term in the heavily Democratic 1st District in Las Vegas.

Wexton went into Tuesday's voting with the endorsement of Governor Ralph Northam and other state Democratic Party leaders.

Former State Department official Alison Friedman touted her experience working in the Obama Administration as a senior State Department official.

Spanberger also has the support of Bernard Cheatham, a retired computer operator from Glen Allen.

"We can sit here and make all the predictions you want, I think it's a lot of hoopla", said Mike Busser, 51, a business owner in Lodi who voted for Plumer.

Virginia voter Patrick Gordon says he voted for state Del.

Republican Danny Tarkanian, son of legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, and Democrat Susie Lee, a Las Vegas philanthropist, captured their parties' nominations in southern Nevada's 3rd District, where incumbent Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen advanced to face GOP Sen.

Elsewhere, President Donald Trump has elevated Republican primaries in SC, where a devout ally and a regular critic are running in separate races. All three Republican candidates have struggled to raise money, putting the victor at a serious cash disadvantage against Kaine, who is expected to raise about $25 million for this election.

Surveys on Tuesday showed McMaster leading in the polls for the Republican nomination.

The U.S. Supreme Court is also weighing two cases challenging partisan manipulation of district boundaries in Wisconsin and Maryland.

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. Twenty candidates with that designation have faced primaries already; only one of them - among the party's most conservative choices - has lost.

Constitution party candidate Michael Chandler will also appear on November's ballot.

Democrats compete in Virginia's 10th Congressional District primary