Democratic primaries take spotlight in House races in Va.

From left Anita Earls John Arrowood Wayne Goodwin Allegra Collins and Toby Hampson

In the U.S. Senate, Republicans are hoping to reclaim one of Virginia's two Senate seats. Gov. Sandoval, who is leaving after serving a maximum two terms, cruised to re-election in 2014 after no high-profile Democrats emerged to oppose him.

"This is about a president who presents a grave danger to our democracy", he told ABC News.

Virginia's 2018 primary election is this Tuesday, June 12.

Spanberger is a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who moved to a private sector job with an educational services company in 2014. Ward is a former Marine Corps pilot who served as a State Department military adviser during the Obama administration. Both have raised more than $900,000. This Vegas rivalry has seen some of the most hostile combat within the Democratic Party this year: Giunchigliani revealed that she had been sexually abused as a child after Sisolak accused her in campaign ad of having watered down a sex offender bill and "single-handedly protected perverts". At the time, Brat was a little-known economics professor at Randolph-Macon College, a small liberal arts school north of Richmond.

Sanford, an outspoken Trump critic, is facing a tight race against State Rep. Katie Arrington, a relative newcomer to politics.

Also campaigning are Libertarian Joe Walton and Helen Alli.

Only eight of those 51 seats are now held by Democrats, while 43 are held by Republicans.

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Five of these eight states-Pennsylvania, Florida, Minnesota, Ohio, and Michigan-were battleground states in 2016 (though Democrats and the mainstream media did not realize Minnesota was a battleground state until election day, when Hillary Clinton squeaked to a narrow victory there).

Heitkamp, 62, is stressing her work for her state's agriculture and energy interests, along with her votes with Republicans on legislation rolling back Dodd-Frank rules for regional and community banks and for some of Trump's nominees, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The goal is to ensure that officials are elected with an outright majority when there are three or more candidates, and to elevate those with the widest appeal. Ralph Northam won this district last November 62%-37%.

Democrats had hoped that the "jungle primary" held on Tuesday in California and its 53 Congressional districts might keep Republicans off the ballot in the 14 seats they now hold, but that hope did not pan out, as Republicans placed in the top two finishers who qualify for the November ballot in all of those districts.

Rosen is vacating her seat in the Third Congressional District, and it's widely expected that philanthropist Susie Lee will easily land the Democratic nomination for that district. Comstock faces a conservative GOP challenger, retired Air Force pilot Shak Hill, in her primary.

Of the four, Volosin has raised the most money - almost $43,000, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. In Virginia, Democrats are poised to nominate women in four competitive House races for Republican-held seats, and there are female candidates for governor in South Carolina, Nevada and Maine.

And in the 9th District in southwest Virginia, Anthony J. Flaccavento and Justin D. Santopietro are running against GOP incumbent Morgan Griffith.

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