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Races to watch Tuesday: Michigan, Missouri and Kansas

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

Voters head to the polls for primaries in three states tomorrow — Michigan, Missouri and Kansas — and here are the biggest races to watch:

In Michigan, reports the Detroit Free Press, a “long and arduous Republican gubernatorial primary heads into its final days with three candidates — Attorney General Mike Cox, U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra and Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder.”

Also in the state, keep an eye on the GOP nomination for the congressional seat of retiring Democratic Rep. Bart Stupak. The Daily Caller profiled candidate Dan Benishek, who was inundated with campaign contributions from across the country when Stupak voted for President Obama’s health-care bill. After groups like the Tea Party Express named Stupak a major target of the election cycle, he dropped out of the race and a handful of Republicans entered the contest. Benishek is battling it out with State Sen. Jason Allen with six Republicans running.

In Missouri, Republican Rep. Roy Blunt and Democrat Robin Carnahan are expected to win their respective party’s nominations for the U.S. Senate. Blunt is facing nine Republicans in his primary that includes a Tea Party challenger, state Sen. Chuck Purgason.

In Kansas, watch the Republican primary between U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt for Senate. The winner of the primary is expected to win in November, as the Democrats have not fielded a competitive candidate.

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