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Virginia's 2018 Midterm Primary is Tuesday

Jeff Chiu\AP Jeff Chiu\AP
Steven Clarke | 12 June, 2018, 23:56

From Fairfax to the Richmond suburbs, Virginia voters will head to the polls Tuesday to choose candidates to run in November elections that could help determine which party has control of the U.S. House next year.

Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock says Democrats should hold off on putting a check mark next to Virginia's 10th Congressional District, where one of the most expensive, closely watched House races is taking shape.

Both parties have contested congressional primaries throughout the rest of the state, but Comstock's district is the only one rated toss-up by independent analysts.

Andrew Cochran is the General Registrar in the City of Roanoke. That's in contrast to the last midterm election in 2014, when the state Republican early turnout was 43% higher than for Democrats. "Voters will be asked to tell us which one they wish to vote, so that we can assign them the correct ballot".

Ahead of a primary contest Tuesday, Ms. Comstock is highlighting her vote for Republican tax cuts and her work combating violent gangs in the region as she tries to shore up the pro-Trump elements of her party.

This office is now held by Scott Taylor of Virginia Beach.

Traditionally, only 15 percent of registered voters turn out for primaries.

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Democrats have targeted Comstock as a vulnerable seat in the House of Representatives. No Republican challenger filed to face him. But Cramer is in his third term in the state's at-large seat, so he has strong name recognition and a record for winning statewide.

Of the 435 seats in the lower chamber of Congress, 336 are not competitive-180 held by Democrats, 156 held by Republicans, according to the Cook Political Report's ratings.

Fifty-one of the 99 competitive races are in those eight states-California (10), Pennsylvania (9), Florida (7), OH (5), Minnesota (5), New Jersey (5), NY (5), and MI (5).

In conservative North Dakota, Republican Representative Kevin Cramer faces little competition in the race for the nomination to challenge Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp. The Democratic nominees will be the overwhelming favorites in November.

FILE PHOTO: Representative Kevin Cramer (R-ND), with his wife Kris and sons Abel and Beau, cheer after the party endorsed Cramer for the U.S. Senate race against Democratic Sen. Wexton, who has garnered endorsements from a host of national, state and local Democrats, will compete with infectious disease scientist Julia Biggins, former Obama administration official and nonprofit executive Alison Friedman, Army veteran and consultant Dan Helmer, attorney and former federal prosecutor Paul Pelletier, and small business owner and former Obama administration official Lindsey Davis Stover to run against incumbent.

Just six of the nation's governors are women, and candidates in three states voting on Tuesday are hoping to position themselves to join their ranks. In Arlington County, voters will choose between two Democrats to run against incumbent County Board member John Vihstadt (I).

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