The Hill's Campaign Report: What to watch for in Tuesday's primaries

The Hill's Campaign Report: What to watch for in Tuesday's primaries

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We’re Julia Manchester, Max Greenwood and Jonathan Easley. Here’s what we’re watching  today on the campaign trail. 



Five states will hold primaries on Tuesday night, with the biggest showdowns taking place in Michigan and Kansas. 

In Michigan, first-term Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy House passes bill requiring EPA to regulate 'forever chemicals' in drinking water Ohio becomes battleground for rival Democratic factions MORE (D) is set for a rematch against former Rep. Brenda Jones (D), who beat Tlaib in a special primary election in 2018 to fill the remaining months of former Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersThe faith community can help pass a reparations bill California comes to terms with the costs and consequences of slavery Democrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote MORE' term, but lost to Tlaib in a regular six-way primary held that same day that determined who would be the party's nominee in November 2018. 

Tlaib heads into Tuesday with several key advantages; she has far outraised Jones and what little polling there is in the primary shows Tlaib in the lead. But one factor that may work to Jones’s advantage is absentee balloting. Jones beat Tlaib in the absentee vote in 2018, and a surge in ballots this year could make a difference.

In Kansas, Rep. Roger MarshallRoger W. MarshallAdvancing T-cell testing can help parents can make informed decisions on COVID vaccinations House GOP leaders say vaccine works but shouldn't be mandated Rand Paul introducing measure to repeal public transportation mask mandates MORE (R) and former state Secretary of State Kris Kobach will go head-to-head in the race for the GOP nomination to replace retiring Sen. Pat RobertsCharles (Pat) Patrick RobertsBob Dole, Pat Roberts endorse Kansas AG Derek Schmidt for governor Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain MORE (R).

Marshall is the heavy favorite of Republican Senate leaders, who believe that a win for Kobach could cost them a seat in November. But GOP operatives fear that Kobach still has a fighting chance and may be able to eke out a win on Tuesday. Kobach is a divisive figure in Republican circles. He’s a staunch ally of President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE, though he has a penchant for controversy. And his loss to Democrat Laura Kelly in Kansas’s 2018 gubernatorial race combined with lackluster fundraising efforts have rattled many Republicans. 

Democrats have largely rallied behind the candidacy of state Sen. Barbara Bollier, who’s the heavy favorite to win her primary on Tuesday. Regardless of who emerges on the GOP side, Bollier will begin with a big cash advantage. Her most recent Federal Election Commission filing shows her with more than $4 million in cash on hand. Marshall, by comparison, reported a little more than $1 million in the bank, while Kobach had just over $136,000.

In other primaries to watch, former astronaut Mark Kelly is expected to glide to the Democratic Senate nomination in Arizona, while Rep. Steve WatkinsSteven (Steve) Charles WatkinsOn The Trail: GOP's tyranny of the minority House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit Republicans hold on to competitive Kansas House seat MORE (R-Kansas), who is facing criminal charges related to voter fraud, is fighting for his political life in the Republican primary in Kansas’s 2nd District.


Max Greenwood


‘Squad’ member Rashida Tlaib faces strong primary challenger, by Julia Manchester.

GOP scrambles to fend off Kobach in Kansas primary, by Max


Former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden hits new low in Gallup poll Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work Obama, Springsteen releasing book based on their podcast MORE rolled out his list of 2020 endorsements on Monday. “I’m proud to endorse this diverse and hopeful collection of thoughtful, empathetic, and highly qualified Democrats. Together, these candidates will help us redeem our country’s promise by sticking up for working class people, restoring fairness and opportunity to our system, and fighting for the good of all Americans — not just those at the top,” Obama said in an announcement published on Medium. The Hill’s Rebecca Klar has more.

Trump’s reelection campaign announced on Monday it was rolling out television ads in the crucial swing states of North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Arizona on local broadcast and cable outlets, as well as on Spanish language channels. Rebecca reportsThe president’s reelection campaign also released a new ad which equated progressive politics in the U.S. to socialist dictators and politicians in Latin America. The Hill’s Rafael Bernal reports.

Meanwhile, Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said in an interview with Fox and Friends on Monday that he wants more debates between Trump and Biden, and that he would like them to happen sooner rather than later. Stepien cited early voting, which begins in a number of states before the scheduled debate on September 29. Trump is behind in the polls, which signals why the campaign wants more chances for one-on-one confrontations with Biden. Max reports.



Biden: 46%

Trump: 42%


Trump: 53%

Biden: 42%



Daines: 50%

Bullock: 44%




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Aug. 4:

Arizona primaries

Kansas primaries


Michigan primaries

Missouri primaries

Washington primaries


Aug. 11:

Connecticut primaries

Minnesota primaries

Vermont primaries

Wisconsin primaries

Georgia primary runoffs


Aug. 18:

Alaska primaries

Florida primaries

Wyoming primaries


Aug. 17-20:

Democratic National Convention


Aug. 24-27:

Republican National Convention


Sept. 1:

Massachusetts primaries


Sept. 8:

New Hampshire primaries

Rhode Island primaries


Sept. 15:

Delaware primaries


Sept. 29:

First presidential debate


Oct. 7:

Vice presidential debate


Oct. 15:

Second presidential debate


Oct. 22:

Third presidential debate