Primaries in Wisconsin, Vermont, Connecticut and Minnesota today

Mar 2012
New Hampshire
Bunch of interesting races.

Races to watch: Governor
Polls close: 7 p.m. Eastern Gov. Phil Scott, a centrist Republican stock-car driver, was once one of the most popular governors in the country — beloved by Republicans, Democrats and independents. But then, in April, he signed three historic gun-control laws, drawing fierce protests from residents of this traditionally pro-gun state. The favorite in the Democratic primary is probably former Vermont Electric Cooperative CEO Christine Hallquist, who, if elected, would be the nation’s first transgender governor.

Races to watch: 5th Congressional District; governor
Polls close: 8 p.m. Eastern Democrats would surely rather march into the general election with Ned Lamont’s millions than Joe Ganim’s criminal record; he served seven years in prison for a kickback scheme he ran as mayor before he was voted back into office in 2015. Republicans have a good shot at winning the governorship too. Two wealthy outsiders, hedge fund manager David Stemerman and former UBS and General Electric executive Bob Stefanowski, have dominated spending in that race,

Races to watch: U.S. Senate; 1st, 5th and 8th congressional districts; governor
Polls close: 9 p.m. Eastern Two open U.S. House seats in Minnesota are a 2018 rarity: a chance for Republicans to play offense. But Minnesota’s most bruising primary has surely been for governor. State Rep. Erin Murphy won the DFL endorsement plus that of Emily’s List, but some Democrats worry that she is too closely associated with the Twin Cities metro to win back voters in greater Minnesota. Attorney General Lori Swanson, who jumped into the race at the last minute but has had a rough go of it but leads in the polls. Republicans will choose between two familiar faces in former Gov. Tim Pawlenty and 2014 nominee Jeff Johnson.

Races to watch: U.S. Senate; 1st Congressional District; governor
Polls close: 9 p.m. Eastern The Democratic primary for Wisconsin governor has seven serious contenders, and in such a crowded field, the eventual winner could be coronated with 20 percent or less of the vote. Randy Bryce — better known as “Iron Stache” — went viral last summer when the Democratic ironworker announced his campaign against Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District (R+12). Bryce has endured bad headline after bad headline: about his nine arrests, including one for driving under the influence; about his delinquent child-support payments and personal debts; and about his views on labor unions.
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