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 as a Democrat
Gov. Bill Walker, the only independent currently leading a state, is running for re-election as a Democrat. He has one primary opponent, former Senator Mark Begich. 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. He is trying to increase his chances in November by running as a Democrat instead of an independent, thus avoiding a three-way race that would probably benefit the Republican nominee.
In Wyoming, Republican incumbents will likely win
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.