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Primaries to Watch Today: Races in Ohio, California, Illinois and More

Five states will hold presidential primaries on Tuesday — Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas and Ohio — the largest series of such contests since Super Tuesday three weeks ago.

But with the presidential elections already decisively won, none of the presumptive candidates will run in those states today. Instead, President Biden will travel to Nevada, a major battleground this fall, visiting Reno and Las Vegas, while Dr. Jill Biden, the first lady, will campaign throughout New England. Former President Donald J. Trump campaigned in Ohio on Saturday.

Today, the focus is on a handful of downfield races.

Chief among them is the Republican primary for a competitive Senate seat in Ohio. Three Republicans we get out of it for the chance to run against Sen. Sherrod Brown, a Democrat.

Mr. Trump on Saturday chose his preferred candidate, Bernie Moreno, a former Cleveland car dealer, but mentioned him only sparingly in his caustic and free speech at a rally in Vandalia in which he said some migrants were “not people” and that the country would face a “bloodbath” if it lost the November election. Mr. Moreno will face Frank LaRose, the Ohio secretary of state, and Matt Dolan, a rich state senator, in primary.

In Illinois, a number of competitive House primaries could signal some of the contours of the fall election.

In the 12th Congressional District, incumbent Mike Bost faces a Republican challenger to his right, Darren Bailey, who lost the gubernatorial race to JB Pritzker. by far in 2022. Mr. Bailey is an ardent pro-Trump Republican, but Mr. Bost has the support of Mr. Trump.

Danny Davis, 82, is running to retain his seat in the Seventh Congressional District Democratic primary. He has two strong opponents: Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and a young community organizer named Kina Collins. But the Democratic establishment in Illinois has rallied behind Mr. Davis — who is a year older than Mr. Biden, making his age a sensitive issue for the primary.

In the Fourth Congressional District, Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García, a progressive Democrat, will face Raymond Lopez, a Chicago city councilman, in a Democratic primary focused on immigration to Chicago. Mr. García, “a proud immigrant,” was a Democrat who criticized Mr. Biden when referring to an undocumented migrant as “an illegal” in his State of the Union address. Mr. Lopez is more conservative on immigration.

In California, a special primary in the 20th Congressional District will be held to complete the term of former Representative Kevin McCarthy, a Republican who was ousted from his role as Speaker of the House and resigned shortly after. A separate primary was held on Super Tuesday for a full term starting in January 2025, with two Republicans – Vince Fong and Mike Boudreaux – advancing to the November general election.

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