5 primary races to watch Tuesday that aren't in California

Fox News | 6/5/2018 | Kaitlyn Schallhorn
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From New Jersey and South Dakota to Montana, a look at notable primary competitions that you should know about.

Tuesday kicks off primary elections in multiple states across the country, including Alabama, California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.

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From close primary races to districts Democrats hope to turn blue in the midterms, read on for a look at five races to watch on Tuesday -- that aren’t in California.

Democrats are hoping to turn New Mexico blue with the gubernatorial race this year with an electorate that has been tilting progressive. Susana Martinez, the current Republican governor, cannot seek re-election due to term limits.

Democrats - Rep - Michelle - Lujan - Grisham

For the Democrats, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, state Sen. Joseph Cervantes and entrepreneur Jeff Apodaca are contending for their party’s nomination. Both Lujan Grisham and Apodaca come from political families in the Land of Enchantment state.

Lujan Grisham, seen as the frontrunner among Democrats, has already secured endorsements from Planned Parenthood, EMILY’s List and a bevy of local labor unions, according to her campaign website. She’s also been endorsed by state Attorney General Hector Balderas.

Lonna - Atkeson - University - New - Mexico

Lonna Atkeson, a University of New Mexico political science professor, told the Albuquerque Journal that Grisham could have an “edge,” as she's the only woman in the race.

For Republicans, Rep. Steve Pearce is running unopposed. Pearce is known in Congress as a reserved, “low word-count guy.” He’s voted about 85 percent of time in agreement with President Trump -- although he’s publicly opposed the border wall.

Pearce - Campaign - Emphasis - Job - Creation

Pearce’s campaign has placed an emphasis on job creation as New Mexico has the second-highest unemployment rate in the nation.

Democrats already control much of New Mexico politics, including the legislature and other statewide offices. A win for Democrats in this race could shut out Republicans from redistricting decisions made in 2021.

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Clinton took New Mexico with 48 percent...
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