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2020 primaries: 4 things to watch in Tuesday's contests in Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Last week's down-ballot primary action in Kentucky and New York still isn't settled, but it's time for three more states -- Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma -- to host primaries Tuesday, and there's at least one contest in each state that could help shape the balance of power in Congress next year.

(CNN)Last week's down-ballot primary action in Kentucky and New York still isn't settled, but it's time for three more states -- Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma -- to host primaries Tuesday, and there's at least one contest in each state that could help shape the balance of power in Congress next year.

The Democratic Senate primary in Colorado has garnered the most national attention.

The national party has already settled on its candidate to take on GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, but on Tuesday, voters will have their say.

Democrats flipped seats that President Donald Trump carried in 2016, including one in Oklahoma and Utah, and now Republicans want them back.

Also in Utah, former Gov. Jon Huntsman, who's since run for president and served as Trump's ambassador to Russia, is trying to get his old job back.

Will the national Democratic party's pick be the nominee in the Colorado Senate race?

Former two-term Gov. John Hickenlooper, who ran a short-lived campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is the national party's pick to take on Gardner, one of two Republicans facing reelection in a state Clinton carried in 2016.

But Hickenlooper, long seen as the Democratic frontrunner, faces competition from his left, and after a series of negative headlines in June, Tuesday's primary — like the still-to-be-called Democratic Senate contest in Kentucky last week -- will be seen as a test of whether voters pass over the national party's pick.

Romanoff has piled on to the GOP attacks, running an ad that says, "We can't take this kind of risk if we're going to beat Cory Gardner" and calling for a "fresh, progressive voice in the Senate. " But national progressive icons like Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Georgia 2018 Democratic Lt. Gov.

Hickenlooper had spent about $6. 7 million by the end of the pre-primary reporting period on June 10 -- more than three times what Romanoff had spent -- and that's independent of the millions of dollars national Democratic groups have spent for him.

If Hickenlooper wins the nomination, he'll be the second failed 2020 presidential candidate who said he wanted no part of the Senate but is now trying to flip a red Senate seat.

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