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July 16 2018, 04:49 | Irvin Gilbert
Rep. Mark Sanford R-S.C. addresses the crowd during a town hall meeting
Polls close at 7 p.m. EDT in Virginia and SC.
In the race for 5th District governor's councilor, incumbent Eileen Duff of Gloucester is facing a challenge from Nicholas Torresi of Methuen in the Democratic primary. More than half the women who have run in Democratic House primaries have won this year, according to Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics. Polls close at 8 p.m. EDT in Maine.
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.
The Democratic victor was Susie Lee, a philanthropist who previously lost a primary in the nearby 4th Congressional District and had locked up most party support.
However, there is a real-world concern: when a jungle primary shuts out one party from a major race like for governor or senate, it tends to depress turnout among the excluded party's supporters in the general election, which can have a ripple effect down-ballot, even on races in which both parties have a standardbearer.
He has called Trump untrustworthy and culturally intolerant, prompting Republican state Rep. Katie Arrington to challenge Sanford. 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.
Top political pundits and veteran campaign operatives struggled to see much daylight between the candidates, advising partisan voters to focus on who would be best positioned to win the general election November 6.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has the president's backing but faces challenges from four other candidates.
Democrats are making an all-out push to retake control of state legislatures across the United States this fall. Sanford only won re-nomination by 4,000 votes in 2016, but he has also demonstrated a remarkable ability to weather political storms and controversies over the years. A registered voter without an ID can cast a provisional ballot but will have to complete follow-up steps to ensure it's counted.
MCMASTER OF HIS OWN FATE: The Palmetto State is home to one of the most compelling gubernatorial contests of the year.
Ipswich state Rep. Brad Hill, who also represents Manchester, is unopposed in the Republican primary. 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. McMaster has gotten a boost from the president and appears to be leading the field, but if he doesn't get over 50% of the vote Tuesday the race will go into a runoff later this month. On the Democratic side, state Rep. James Smith - endorsed by Joe Biden - is seen as the one Democrat who can pull off the upset in deep red SC, should a "blue wave" extend that far south.
In Virginia, outspoken Trump loyalist Corey Stewart narrowly won the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate, likely to the chagrin of many national Republicans.
Stapleton should be cruising to a primary win and positioning himself for the general election, instead of struggling to establish his identity in June, pundits agreed. She also voted against the House-passed GOP health care overhaul past year (although Democrats will still tie her to GOP efforts to repeal the 2010 law). "They're going to keep working between now and November, and change is coming". Six Democrats are running, and whoever emerges will be in a toss-up against Comstock.
If Stapleton is the nominee and continues his campaign on the current trajectory, Republicans have something to worry about at the top of their ticket in November, Wadhams said. CNN rates both as Lean Republican.
The problem is especially daunting for Democrats in battleground states where congressional district lines favouring Republicans were drawn after the 2010 census, Reuters' analysis found.
Senate Republicans' hopes in Virginia: Sen.
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.