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Presidential Primary Calendar Could Help Congressional Challengers

Facing primary foes the same day as the presidential nominating contest, Alabama's Shelby is spending money on re-election, just to be sure. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In more than a dozen states, House and Senate primary elections will happen on the same ballot with the presidential race — timing that could pose a challenge for incumbent candidates in intra-party battles.  

Presidential candidates such as New York City real estate mogul Donald Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are hoping to lure new, anti-establishment voters to the polls, a change that would skew the kinds of voters candidates will face.  “The S.E.C. states,” said Midwest-based Republican consultant James Harris, using the nickname for the group of southern states that share the March 1 primary date, “will have an uptick in their normal turnout because of the presidential primaries.”  

Remainders: Special (Election) Report