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How to watch tonight's election results

Chris Cillizza previews tonight's primaries across 12 states, with poll closings starting at 7 p.m. in Virginia and ending four hours later in California and Nevada. Fortunately for insomniacs, and unfortunately for those of us with deadlines, it's those two latter states that will generate the most interest from Republicans. I'll just add a few extra elections to keep an eye on.

South Carolina -- In the fairly safe Republican 1st district, frequent candidate Katherine Jenerette has tried to consolidate tea party support while Paul Thurmond is attempting to start a new chapter in his family's political legacy -- his father was a senator whom Trent Lott thought would make a good president.

New Jersey -- They might be completely safe, but watch the vote totals for Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.). The former voted for cap-and-trade, while the latter voted for TARP, and both have tea party challengers.

Arkansas -- The third district, held by Republicans since 1964, is the scene of a match-up between State. Sen Cecile Bledsoe and Rogers, Ark. Mayor Steve Womack. Bledsoe has the support of national activists like Sarah Palin and Bill Kristol.

California -- Few House races in the Golden State have attracted any attention. That's too bad. In the 11th district, Elizabeth Emken -- who strongly implied to voters that she had Sarah Palin's endorsement (she doesn't) -- faces off against David Harmer, who put up a vigorous fight last year in a special election for the 10th district. In the 19th district, former Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Ca.) is trying to make a comeback -- he used to represent the nearby, less Republican, 11th district. In the 37th district, held (securely) by Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Ca.), black conservative pundit Star Parker is unopposed for a GOP nomination. In the 45th district, Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Ca.) -- who voted for TARP and the House's version of cap-and-trade -- is battling a tea party activist displeased by all of that, Clayton Thibedeau.

And oh, yes. Watch the Secretary of State race, and see how Mickey Kaus fares in his gadfly U.S. Senate campaign against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Ca.). If Boxer's worried, she's showing it by... being in D.C. tonight and not bothering to campaign.

By David Weigel  |  June 8, 2010; 7:35 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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