Two Vulnerable Senate Incumbents at Center of Tuesday Primaries

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The Democrats each say that they can beat Comstock.

FILE PHOTO: Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) discusses farm policy with a reporter at Jamestown College, Jamestown, North Dakota, U.S. April 6, 2018.

Another Tuesday, another wave of primaries.

While they have focused their campaigns on health care, gun control and the GOP tax law - along with Comstock's record of largely voting in line with Trump - the Democrats, in interviews with ABC News, differentiated themselves with various ideas about on how to best challenge the president and hold him accountable.

Candidates running in the Democratic primary for the Virginia 10th Congressional District seat participate in a candidates forum, February 17, 2018, at James Wood Middle School in Winchester, Va.

Sanford, a member of the hard right House Freedom Caucus, has always been one of the few congressional Republicans willing to openly break with Trump.

The Fourth Congressional District is also expected to be competitive come November. The victor of the Democratic primary will face State Delegate Ben Cline, a former Goodlatte staffer who won a nominating convention last month.

Nevada also has an interesting governor's race, with six Democrats and seven Republicans vying to run for a position that's been controlled by the GOP for almost 20 years. Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak and Clark County Commissioner Christina Giunchigliani are the front-runners among Democrats.


The state's tightest House race is in the 10th district, which includes part of Northern Virginia.

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The South Carolina Republican, who served in Congress from 1995-2001, was re-elected in 2013 in a special election in his Charleston-based district. A year ago, five women and one man entered the Democratic primary to face Republican incumbent Congressman Dave Brat, but the list has since been whittled down.

He's facing off against Mary Jones in Tuesday's primary.

Democrats in VA-10: Candidates are Jennifer Wexton (see my endorsement here), Alison Friedman, Lindsey Davis Stover, Dan Helmer, Julia Biggins and Paul Pelletier.

In Virginia, six Democrats are competing for the right to face vulnerable Republican Representative Barbara Comstock, one of the top national targets for Democrats in the drive to pick up the 23 seats needed to claim a Democratic House majority.

Democrats are also hoping for Republican votes. Ed Gillespie won this district last November 54%-45%. Republican incumbent Rep. Bruce Poliquin will attempt to defend his seat against the victor of a three-person Democratic primary featuring state Rep. Jared Golden, bookseller Craig Olson and nonprofit director Lucas St. Clair. But the 10 also heavily favored Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, voting for the Democrat by almost 10 points. U.S. Rep. Tom Rice faces a Republican challenger along with Sanford.

"I think it's in some ways a bit of a thermometer about how Republicans in the state of Virginia are going to either embrace or move away from the President, because Corey Stewart has embedded himself and wrapped his arms around the administration", said NBC12 Political Analyst and VCU professor Dr. Deirdre Condit. Hill is conservative who has been endorsed by Sebastian Gorka, Trump's former deputy assistant.

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