With the vote going on in the DC Democratic primary, today marks the end of the 2016 presidential primary election season. To be sure, we still have the national conventions (Republicans, Democrats) in July where the parties will formally nominate Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, but after tonight, that process will move out of the voters’ hands and into the hands of convention delegates.
However, just because there won’t be any more presidential primary results to report doesn’t mean that pre-election-day voting is over. We’re still in the middle of the non-presidential primary season, and today is a big day on the calendar. Five states, including Maine, North Dakota, Nevada, South Carolina and Virginia join DC in selecting nominees for a variety of down ballot races. (You can click on the state links to see which races Election Projection is tracking in each state.)
Of particular interest in today’s lineup is the senate primary election in Nevada. With Harry Reid’s retirement, the open Silver State Senate seat is one of the more intriguing races on the card this year. Congressman Joe Heck is the odds-on favorite to win the GOP nod while Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto is expected to win the nomination for the Democrats.