Voters in 12 states cast ballots Tuesday in contests that will
determine the fate of a Senate incumbent in Arkansas, decide the
matchups for high-stakes races in Nevada and California and settle
a nasty gubernatorial primary in South Carolina. A look at the
ARKANSAS (Polls close at 8:30 p.m. EDT)
Two-term Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a centrist Democrat, is fighting
for her political life against Lt. Gov. Bill Halter. The two were
forced into a runoff for the party nomination after neither
captured 50 percent of the vote in the May 18 primary. Unions and
other outside groups have spent millions in the state to influence
CALIFORNIA (Polls close at 11 p.m. EDT)
Republican billionaire Meg Whitman has invested more than $70
million of her own fortune in the governor's race against state
insurance commissioner Steve Poizner, a wealthy former businessman
who has put $24 million into his campaign. The likely winner of the
Democratic nomination is Attorney General Jerry Brown, who was
governor in the 1970s and 1980s.
Carly Fiorina, a former Hewlett Packard Co. chief executive, is
leading in some polls over her GOP opponents for Senate: former
U.S. Rep. Tom Campbell and state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, a tea
party favorite. The winner will challenge Democratic Sen. Barbara
The congressional race in Southern California's 36th District
features contrasting Democratic candidates Rep. Jane Harman, who
belongs to the Blue Dog group of conservative Democrats, and Marcy
Winograd, co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Progressive
Democrats of America. In 2006, Harman beat Winograd with 62 percent
of the vote.
NEVADA (Polls close at 10 p.m. EDT)
Gov. Jim Gibbons could be the first sitting governor to lose a
nominating contest in the state in 100 years. He's had a tumultuous
first term that included a nasty public divorce and allegations of
infidelity. Polls have found Gibbons trailing GOP front-runner
Brian Sandoval by double digits.
Three Republicans are in a bruising fight for the chance to face
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Tea party favorite Sharron Angle
has recently been running ahead of former Nevada GOP Chairwoman Sue
Lowden and Las Vegas businessman Danny Tarkanian.
SOUTH CAROLINA (Polls close at 7 p.m. EDT)
Republican state Rep. Nikki Haley is hoping to become the
state's first female governor. The race has turned nasty with
allegations of infidelity, which she denies. In some polls, Haley
is edging out her GOP challengers, including Rep. Gresham Barrett,
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer and Attorney General Henry McMaster. Of the
three Democratic gubernatorial candidates, state Sen. Vincent
Sheheen has spent the most money. All are vying to succeed the
term-limited Gov. Mark Sanford in the Republican-leaning state.
Democrats pick a challenger to Republican Sen. Jim DeMint.
South Carolina Republican Rep. Bob Inglis is in a tough race to
keep the seat he's held for six terms. His challengers have made
the primary a referendum on his 2008 vote to bail out the nation's
banking industry. His race, as well as the GOP gubernatorial
primary, could end up in a June 22 runoff.
IOWA (Polls close at 10 p.m. EDT)
Iowa has a three-way Republican primary for the right to oppose
Democrat Chet Culver, considered one of the nation's most
vulnerable governors. Polls suggest former Gov. Terry Branstad
leading over businessman Bob Vander Plaats and state Rep. Rod
Roberts. Democrats choose a challenger to Sen. Charles Grassley.
MAINE (Polls close at 8 p.m. EDT)
The primary races for governor are wide open, with no clear
front-runners to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. John
Baldacci. A seven-way Republican primary includes tea party
favorite Paul LePage. Businesswoman Rosa Scarcelli has staked out
the right and the outsider's role in the four-way Democratic race.
The other three are government insiders - Senate President Libby
Mitchell, former Attorney General Steve Rowe and Pat McGowan, a
former legislator who also served in Baldacci's Cabinet.
NORTH DAKOTA (Polls at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT)
Officials in both parties say Sen. Byron Dorgan's retirement
gives Republicans their best opportunity to pick up a seat in the
Senate. Republican Gov. John Hoeven is the leading candidate.
SOUTH DAKOTA (Polls close at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT)
Democrats failed to find a candidate to challenge Republican
Sen. John Thune, a popular politician who is seeking a second term
in the Senate.
VIRGINIA (Polls close at 7 p.m. EDT)
Virginia Republicans face critical choices about nominees as
they look to win back the three U.S. House seats lost in the
Democrats' 2008 sweep. The GOP has its eye on Rep. Tom Perriello's
5th Congressional District seat, since he won in 2008 by just 727
votes. Seven candidates are vying for the nomination, with no clear
GEORGIA (Polls close at 7 p.m. EDT)
In north Georgia, Tom Graves hopes his involvement with the
Atlanta Tea Party Patriots will help him defeat Lee Hawkins,
another conservative, in a runoff to fill a vacant House seat in a
heavily Republican district. Rep. Nathan Deal resigned to run for
NEW JERSEY (Polls close at 8 p.m. EDT)
Members of the House faced challenges in seven of the state's 13
congressional districts but no upsets were expected. The tea party
movement created a crowded field on the Republican side, with some
candidates, including former NFL star Jon Runyan, endorsed by both
the GOP and a tea party group.
MONTANA (Polls close at 10 p.m. EDT)
Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg is the front-runner in his
re-election bid, though he has challengers from both the left and