Alaska and Wyoming Have Primaries Today. Here’s What to Watch.

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Gov. Bill Walker is running for re-election in Alaska, as are Senator John Barrasso and Representative Liz Cheney in Wyoming.

Gov. Bill Walker of Alaska delivered his State of the State address in February.CreditMichael Penn/The Juneau Empire, via Associated Press
Maggie Astor

Tuesday is expected to be a much quieter Primary Day than most, with only two states voting and no clearly competitive races in either one.

If you’re missing your weekly dose of election excitement, it’ll be back next Tuesday, when voters will go to the polls in crucial races in Arizona, Florida and Oklahoma. But in the meantime, here’s what to watch tonight.

In Alaska, an independent governor runs for re-election

Gov. Bill Walker, the only independent currently leading a state, is running for re-election. The Democratic primary is uncontested, with only former Senator Mark Begich running. On the Republican side, the field is crowded, with seven candidates, but State Senator Mike Dunleavy and former Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell are considered the front-runners.

A poll released in February found that Mr. Walker was the least popular governor seeking re-election this year. A three-way race in November could split the left-leaning vote and allow Republicans to take the governorship.

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In Wyoming, Republican incumbents will likely win

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Senator John Barrasso during a news conference at the Capitol in March.CreditAl Drago for The New York Times

Senator John Barrasso is up for re-election this year, as is Representative Liz Cheney, who holds Wyoming’s only House seat. Both are Republicans, and if they win their primaries, they should have no trouble keeping their seats in November in one of the most conservative states in the country.

Mr. Barrasso has a handful of primary opponents, foremost among them Dave Dodson, a businessman endorsed on Saturday by The Casper Star-Tribune, the largest newspaper in Wyoming. Ms. Cheney is facing Rod Miller, who describes himself as a “Teddy Roosevelt Republican” opposed to neoconservatism and the so-called alt-right.

There is also a very competitive Republican primary for governor, with the incumbent, Matt Mead, unable to run for re-election because of term limits. One recent poll showed the investor Foster Friess just one point ahead of the state treasurer, Mark Gordon, while another poll showed Mr. Gordon ahead.

Correction: 

An earlier version of this article misstated Gov. Bill Walker’s party affiliation in Alaska. He is running for re-election as an independent, not as a Democrat.

Maggie Astor is a political reporter based in New York. Previously, she was a general assignment reporter and a copy editor for The Times and a reporter for The Record in New Jersey. @MaggieAstor



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