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June 1, 2010    Content provided by DDC Advocacy

Three states in the southeast and southwest will hold their nominating elections today. In Alabama, another party switching incumbent will attempt to win a nomination in his new party. Freshman Rep. Parker Griffith, elected as a Democrat in 2008, became a Republican late last year. He faces Madison County Commissioner Mo Brooks and former state Republican Party staff member Les Phillip. Griffith is favored, but this has been such a crazy year so far, no incumbent is safe, particularly one whose switched parties. The 5th district, anchored in Huntsville, has never elected a Republican Congressman in the general election. To the southeast, Republicans will choose a nominee to face freshman Rep. Bobby Bright. Montgomery City Councilwoman Martha Roby was the early favorite, but the race has tightened substantially since the first of the year. Bright's 2nd district is expected to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the country this November. If candidates do not secure an outright majority tonight, run-offs will be held on July 13th.

In Mississippi, another important general election district may choose a Republican nominee tonight. State Sen. Alan Nunnelee was the early favorite, but things are tightening. Nunnelee will likely place first, but he could be forced into a June 22nd run-off. All of a sudden, the New Mexico Governor's race has gained some attention. Dona Ana County District Attorney Susana Martinez matches up well with Lt. Gov. Diane Denish in the general election, possibly putting this seat in play this November. Martinez must win tonight, however. She faces former GOP state chair Allen Weh and Pete Domenici, Jr., son of the veteran former Senator of the same name.

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