Three states host down-ballot contests on Tuesday — in Maine, Alabama and Texas. The most high-profile race is the primary in Alabama, where former Attorney General Jeff Sessions is trying to reclaim his old Senate seat.
But Tuesday’s contests in the other two states could go further in shaping the balance of power in Congress next year.
National Democrats have made Texas “ground zero” for their 2020 efforts to fortify and try to expand their House majority. Several of those competitive November matchups are already set, but Tuesday will determine the final pairings for a handful of races. Democrats are also eyeing the Senate race and will pick their nominee to take on GOP Sen. John Cornyn. And in Maine, which holds one of this year’s most closely watched Senate races, Democrats will settle on a nominee to take on GOP Sen. Susan Collins, while Republicans will pick a candidate to take on a vulnerable House Democrat.
Texas and Alabama are holding runoffs for House and Senate primaries that weren’t settled in March, and Maine holds its primaries, but with the added twist of ranked-choice voting, which could delay results.