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What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries

Voters in Alabama and Georgia will make their final roster in the second round of Congress on Tuesday — which includes a particularly hard-fought battle for the Alabama Senate — and Virginia’s primary voters will select party candidates for two of the most closely watched House races in the country.

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Republican voters in Alabama could be forgiven for their confusion over their party’s candidate for an open Senate seat. Former President Donald J. Trump, a popular figure in the state, backed Representative Mo Brooks for the job after he emerged as a staunch acolyte and a staunch supporter of Mr Trump’s election warnings.

The former president then withdrew his endorsement as Mr Brooks lagged in the polls, eventually giving his support to Katie Britt, a former chief of staff to Senator Richard Shelby, who is retiring.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Britt and Mr. Brooks will meet in a runoff election that will determine the priceless favorite to become Alabama’s next senator. Recent polls have indicated that Ms Britt has a commanding lead.

The special masters who drafted Virginia’s new House districts gave a sitting party a very bad hand: Representative Elaine Luria, a Democrat. Her Norfolk home was removed from her Tidewater district and much of the countryside was added to the seat. Once a little Republican, her district, Virginia’s Second, became considerably more.

The top two Republicans competing to take her in are state senator Jen Kiggans, who has the support of the Republican leadership in Washington, and Jarome Bell, who has the support of the most conservative Republican in state congress, Bob Good, and members of the Trump. world.

Ms. Kiggans, Mr. Bell, and Ms. Luria are all Navy veterans in a district where one in five voters are on active duty in the military or are veterans. What separates the three is ideology, with Mr. Bell campaigning against Mr. Trump’s false claims of electoral fraud.

In another year, Rep. Abigail Spanberger’s new seventh district boundaries would be seen as strengthening her position as the incumbent Democrat, shifting her from a Republican map to a somewhat Democratic map. But this isn’t another year, and six Republicans are lining up to take advantage of the conditions that favor their party nationally and challenge it.

Bryce Reeves, a state senator and former narcotics officer and military veteran, exclaims: frontrunner himself, but he has plenty of competition. Crystal Vanuch, chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors, has joined the winning social themes of Governor Glenn Youngkin’s 2021 race: parental controls over education and banning critical race theory from schools. Derrick Anderson is a combat veteran and former Green Beret, and Yesli Vega, a sheriff’s deputy, led Latinos for Youngkin last year.

Georgia’s re-election for Republican nominees for seats in the House faces two black candidates with different prospects and different stories.

In Southwest Georgia’s new Second District, Republican leaders would very much like to see Jeremy Hunt, a moderate-sounding political newcomer, take on the endangered, long-established black Democrat, Sanford Bishop.

But first, Mr. Hunt, a West Point graduate and former Army captain who served at Fort Benning, must get past Chris West, an Air National Guard officer who is white and runs on photos showing him with Mr. Trump. .

In Georgia’s 10th district, meanwhile, runs Vernon Jones, a longtime Democratic politician who supported Mr. Trump in 2020 and then became a Republican, with Mr. Trump’s backing after being pushed out of the Senate primaries.

But in something of a repeat war between Mr. Trump and Georgia’s Republican establishment, Governor Brian Kemp — who defied Mr. Trump and overcame a primary challenge from former Senator David Perdue devised by the former president — has defeated the other Republican in the runoff election. , Mike Collins, like most Republicans that Mr. Kemp helped to win his primary in a landslide.

Mr Collins has also put forward a 2004 allegation that Mr Jones sexually assaulted a woman, a charge the woman dropped, although it has never been dropped. Mr Jones has said the meeting was by mutual consent, and in a statement after Mr Kemp sided with his rival, he boasted of his status as an outsider.

“I am not running for Congress to join the establishment,” he said. “I am running for Congress to destroy it.”

In Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, which was redesigned to be predominantly Republican, another candidate backed by Mr. Trump, Jake Evans, may be defeated.

Mr. Evans, a lawyer who last year stepped down as chair of the Georgia Ethics Committee, narrowly made it to the second round against Rich McCormick, a Navy pilot and emergency room physician who was by far the best vote-catcher on May 24.

dr. McCormick may not be Mr Trump’s choice, but he is not a moderate: He has campaigned against what he calls President Biden’s “relentless attack on our core values.” He has the backing of No. 2 Republican of the House, Louisiana Representative Steve Scalise.

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