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Primary day in Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota

What to watch in today’s primaries

It’s primary day in Iowa, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota. Here’s what we’re tracking today:

Who will follow Rosendale? A crowded field is vying to replace Rep. Matt Rosendale (R-Mont.) in Montana’s ruby-red 2nd District. State Auditor Troy Downing is a leading contender in the Republican primary. A number of House conservatives, including Freedom Caucus Chair Bob Good (R-Va.), have endorsed the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction Elsie Arntzen. Former Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) is also running to return to Congress, along with retired DEA agent Stacy Zinn.

Will Iowa Republicans beat back their right-wing challengers? Rep. Randy Feenstra (R-Iowa) is the favorite to dispatch Kevin Virgil, a hardline conservative looking to oust the incumbent. Notably, Virgil is endorsed by former Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa). Feenstra beat King in a primary following public outrage over King’s racist comments. Former 2024 presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy is also backing Virgil.

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-Iowa) is also facing a longshot challenge from the right in the shape of David Pautsch.

Who will replace Kim? Rep. Andy Kim (D-N.J.) vacated the 3rd District to run for Senate, leaving two Democrats — Herb Conaway Jr. and Carol Murphy — as leading contenders to replace him. Conaway Jr., a state assembly member, is backed by 314 Action Fund and VoteVets. Murphy, also a state legislator, has the backing of EMILYs List.

— Max Cohen

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