MIAMI – The midterm elections have an important step this Tuesday with the primary contests in five states: Idaho, North Carolina, Oregon, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.
While all races are important, the eyes of the country are on Pennsylvania, where a large batch of candidates want the seat vacated by Republican Sen. Pat Tommey, who announced he is retiring.
Two candidates stand out in this race. One is Mehmet Oz, better known as Dr. Oz, famous for his TV show, who is endorsed by former President Donald Trump.
STATES THAT HOLD PRIMARIES ARE PENNSYLVANIA, IDAHO, KENTUCKY, NORTH CAROLINA AND OREGON
While Trump’s support cemented his candidacy, the race is hotly contested with David McCormick, a financier. However, Kathy Barnette is also hot on their heels, who climbed points in the last few hours.
Among Democrats, John Fetterman leads the polls over Conor Lamb and Malcolm Kenyatta.
In the race for governor of Pennsylvania, and on the Republican side, the ultra-conservative Doug Mastriano, who is currently a state senator, leads the preferences.
On the Democratic side, and for governor, Josh Shapiro, the state attorney, is running with no other contenders.
NBC News projects that Cheri Beasley (D) will win the Democratic primary for Senate.
Beasley, a former North Carolina Supreme Court justice, is leading a field of 11 candidates. If her victory is confirmed, and if she subsequently defeats her Republican contender, she could be the first black senator to represent the state in Congress.
In North Carolina, Ted Budd leads the preferences in the Republican primaries for the Senate and has the support of Trump. In the race, he faces 11 candidates, including Mark Waller, a former representative, and former Governor Pat McCrory, considered a moderate in the race.
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While in Kentucky, and on the Democratic side, Morgan McGarvey and Attica Scott are fighting for the representative race for the 3rd district in Louisville.
In Oregon, the gubernatorial primary is a test between the moderate and progressive wings of the Democratic Party, with progressive Tina Kotek and Tobias Read, the more moderate state treasurer.
Finally, in Idaho, Republican Governor Brad Little faces his lieutenant governor in the Republican primary, Janice McGeachin, who received the support of former President Trump.