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The polls have closed in two of the three states holding primaries today (and New Mexico will close within an hour). For a complete primer on what to look for this evening, you can get a refresher course either from my piece from Sunday Kos or this one from the folks at Swing State Project.

Oh, and I almost forgot that hot-as-a-pistol (or should it be...rifle?) primary for Alabama Ag Commissioner. Can't miss that one, either.

The highlights are:

  • AL-Gov: Both the Democrats and Republicans have high-profile gubernatorial primaries. For the Dems, it is Artur Davis taking on Ron Sparks, and there will be a winner crowned tonight. On the Republican side, the end result tonight will almost assuredly be a runoff, as a quartet of Republicans work hard to play "King of the Mountain" on the right-wing fringe.
  • AL-02 (R): Democratic freshman Bobby Bright will possibly learn the identity of his Republican challenger tonight, although it is not a lock, as a runoff here is certainly possible. Martha Roby has been the establishment choice, but she could get surprised by teabagger Rick Barber.
  • AL-05: Democrats get to pick their opponent for turncoat Dem-turned-GOPer Parker Griffith (although a runoff is likely). On the GOP side, the question is whether Griffith has a home in the GOP. He could win outright tonight, but he could also be out of the running. Most likely outcome--another runoff.
  • MS-01 (R): It is national Republicans versus Fox News (kinda). Former Fox News contributor Angela McGlowan tries to become the first African-American Republican in Congress since JC Watts left town, but an underfunded campaign means that establishment pick Alan Nunnelee (a state senator) might win without a runoff.
  • NM-Gov (R): Pete Domenici Jr. had the most hype, but his campaign has gone absolutely nowhere. This looks to be a race between southern New Mexico D.A. Susana Martinez and former party chair Allen Weh. Lots of bucks have flown in this one at the last minute

Feel free to use the comments to keep the community updated on the status of these races.

Originally posted to Daily Kos on Tue Jun 01, 2010 at 05:20 PM PDT.

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