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From California to New Jersey: An overview of June 5 congressional primaries

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A polling place in Glassell Park on June 5, 2012

Call it Big Primary Tuesday. Voters in six states - California, New Mexico, South Dakota, Iowa, Montana and New Jersey - are hitting the polls Tuesday to choose candidates in House primary elections.

In California, Democratic Reps. Brad Sherman and Howard Berman face off for a seat in the 30th District. In northern New Jersey, Democratic Reps. Steve Rothman and Bill Pascrell are also competing against each other. California’s primary races largely determine whether there will be a Democratic majority in Congress. Berman has been endorsed by California Gov. Jerry Brown, while Sherman has garnered local support.

In California’s 44th District, Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn is considered a favorite against fellow Democratic Rep. Laura Richardson, who has been under investigation by the House Ethics Committee. Vying for New Jersey’s 9th District, Rothman and Pascrell have been increasing fundraising efforts. Former President Bill Clinton has backed Pascrell, while President Barack Obama’s top political adviser, David Axelrod, has endorsed Rothman.

There’s a packed primary in Montana, with several Democrats battling it out for the seat of outgoing Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg.

WEIGH IN:

Which candidates do you hope will top Tuesday’s congressional elections?

Guest:

David Mark, senior editor at Politico.com


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