Primary elections in five states portend tense midterm elections.

On Tuesday night, primary elections in five states will highlight some of the numerous dynamics that have been swirling around the 2022 midterm elections, including the importance of endorsements, redistricting shakeups, and the Democratic and Republican parties’ uncertain fates.

The Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania is one of the most closely watched. The seat, now held by retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey, might be crucial for Democrats to keep their narrow Senate majority.

In late 2020, the Senate election was thrown into disarray when celebrity Dr. Mehmet Oz entered the race for the open seat. In April, former President Donald Trump endorsed Oz, predicting that he would win the general election.

Some voters on the ground were wary of Oz during a Trump event in Pennsylvania, telling ABC News they didn’t like his shifting opinions on COVID vaccines, abortion, and the Second Amendment.

Oz is up against businessman Dave McCormick and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette, who has recently gained popularity.

Trump went against Barnette in the days preceding up to the primary, suggesting she couldn’t win the general election. He also looked at her past.

Barnette’s newfound celebrity has brought to light a slew of Islamophobic and incendiary social media posts. ABC News has also confirmed photographs of Barnette walking into the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, which were first provided by an independent researcher. One of the recordings showed Barnette following a man who prosecutors characterised as “a self-identified member of the Proud Boys” and who was indicted in connection with the day’s events.

Barnette’s campaign did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. According to the campaign, “Kathy was in DC to show her support for President Trump and to demand electoral transparency. Any claim that she participated in or encouraged property destruction is deliberately untrue. She has no ties to the Proud Boys in any way.”

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, Rep. Conor Lamb, and State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta are the front-runners in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary.

Fetterman was mayor of Braddock, a tiny municipality south of Pittsburgh, for 16 years until being elected lieutenant governor with Gov. Tom Wolf four years ago. In 2016, he ran for Senate but failed in the primary.

Fetterman, a progressive and the race’s frontrunner, suffered a stroke just days before the primary, knocking him off the pace in the closing stretch, but he indicated in a statement that he intends to recover fully.

Kenyatta made his impact on the national stage as a DNC keynote speaker in the summer of 2020, as part of a group of “different perspectives from the future generation of party leaders,” according to the party. Throughout the 2020 general election, he was a staunch supporter of President Joe Biden.

Lamb now serves Pennsylvania’s 17th Congressional District in the House of Representatives, and has taken out a centrist position in the race. In the eastern section of the state, he has received significant support, especially from various trade organisations.

Then there’s the tumultuous GOP gubernatorial primary in Pennsylvania. In the state where the “big lie” and Trump’s fraudulent assertions that he is the genuine victor of the 2020 election run deep, whoever wins the governor’s race in November will also pick a secretary of state — the chief election officer.

Several Republicans are running for governor, while Attorney General Josh Shapiro is running unchallenged in the Democratic primary. The elections swung radically in recent days after Trump endorsed state Sen. Doug Mastriano, who has drawn conservative grassroots backing for his efforts to reverse the state’s presidential election result in 2020.

Mastriano was recorded on tape walking past barricades at the Capitol ahead of the violent protests on Jan. 6, coordinating buses to the “Stop the Steal” march. He has denied partaking in any violence. Given that he was in communication with Trump on that terrible day, the House Jan. 6 committee has subpoenaed him, but neither he nor the committee has acknowledged whether he followed the order.

Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina declared last year that he would not seek reelection. Over ten individuals are running to succeed him, including the three front-runners, Rep. Ted Budd, former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, and former Rep. Mark Walker.

Budd, who was sponsored by Trump, struggled in the polls and fundraising earlier this year, but is presently doing well and leads in the polls.

Former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley is a front-runner in the Democratic Senate primary in North Carolina. If Beasley wins the general election, she will be the 118th Congress’s first Black senator.

Rep. David Price of the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina is retiring, and a big Democratic field is vying for his seat. Eight Democrats, including musician and American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken, have filed their campaign paperwork. Aiken would be the first openly homosexual member of Congress from the South if he wins both the primary and the general election.

Another closely contested election in North Carolina is the Republican primary for the 11th Congressional District. During his first year in Congress, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a right-wing firebrand in the party, has faced with numerous scandals. On Tuesday, voters will determine whether or not they want him to stay in office. Many prominent Republicans, including both Republican senators from North Carolina, have expressed their desire for him to resign.

Trump, who has sponsored Cawthorn, took to his own social media platform, Truth Social, on Monday to defend Cawthorn, stating that while he committed some “foolish mistakes,” he deserves another shot.

Charles Booker, who ran for Senate in 2020 but lost in the primary to Amy McGrath, who went on to face Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the general election, is leading the Democratic primary contest in Kentucky.

In Idaho, a firestorm has erupted in the Republican primary for governor, with incumbent Republican Gov. Brad Little fighting to keep his job against the best efforts of his own lieutenant governor, Republican Janice McGeachin. This is the first occasion since 1938 that an incumbent governor has been challenged by their own party’s lieutenant governor.

For the past three months, the two have been playing political cat and mouse: when Little was out of state, McGeachin signed anti-mask requirement executive orders in her role as acting governor, which Little would then reverse when he returned.

Because term-limited Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is unpopular in the state, the Republican party has a chance to run for the open governor’s seat in Oregon, which is typically considered a blue state.

In the Democratic primary for Oregon’s recently redistricted 5th Congressional district, incumbent Democratic Rep. Kurt Schrader is facing intraparty backlash for opposing a key drug element in Vice President Joe Biden’s flagship Build Back Better proposal.

Despite this, Schrader was the first candidate in 2022 to receive Biden’s support, indicating how strongly the president wants Democrats to keep their House seats.

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