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June 10, 2014 10:08 AM In the Shadow of June 3

By Ed Kilgore

As I have to keep reminding myself, five states are holding primaries today (Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and Virginia). But barring some upsets (the most cataclysmic would be a loss by Eric Cantor in VA-07, though it’s likely wishful thinking on my part that this is even remotely possible), there’s not a lot of national drama on tap. North Dakota has no competitive statewide or congressional primaries. In Maine, there are robust primaries in both parties for the House seat of Mike Michaud, who’s running for governor. Aside from the Cantor seat, there’s a multi-candidate Democratic primary for the NoVa House seat long held by Jim Moran, though it looks like a major Blast from the Past, former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer (who lost the governorship back in 1997 to Jim Gilmore in the famous “car tax” election), is a strong favorite to win that one. There’s a very competitive Republican House primary in Nevada for the right to face freshman Rep. Steven Horsford. And then there’s the Dog That Didn’t Bark, the failed multi-candidate conservative challenge to Sen. Lindsey Graham, which I wrote about yesterday. As always, Daily Kos Elections has a thorough preview of the major contests.

But today’s primaries continue to be overshadowed a bit by lingering fallout from last week’s. Two new polls (one from the Democratic firm Chism Strategies, the other from the conservative firm Strategic National) are out for the MS GOP SEN runoff, both showing Chris McDaniel with a slight lead over Thad Cochran. And in the excrutiatingly slow count of mail ballots in California, Democrat Betty Yee (a Bay Area member of the State Board of Equalization) has eased past fellow Democrat John Perez (an assemblyman from L.A.) for the second ballot spot in the State Controller contest, but with Republican David Evans still close behind.

For political junkies looking ahead, there are no states holding primaries next Tuesday, but on June 24, Colorado, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma and Utah weigh in, along with runoffs in Mississippi and South Carolina.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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