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Primary Preview: 7 Things to Watch on Tuesday

Cochran and his staff make their way to their bus after a tour of City Hall in Olive Branch, Miss. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Tuesday is the busiest primary night of 2014, with voters heading to the polls in Alabama, California, Mississippi, Iowa, New Jersey, Montana, New Mexico and South Dakota.  

It's a big night, with the tea party's last chance to save face in the Mississippi Republican Senate primary, a close contest in Iowa's Republican Senate primary , plus highly competitive House races in California, New Jersey, Iowa and Alabama.  

In Mississippi, Two Unlikely Comeback Bids to Congress

Taylor speaks to Greta Dees during a meeting with voters at the Walthall Building. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Just more than halfway into his 12-minute stump speech, former Rep. Gene Taylor answered the question hanging over his primary challenge to the Republican that defeated him in 2010.  

After representing the area for 21 years as a Democrat, why switch parties?  

Cheat Sheet: House and Senate Primaries in June

McDaniel is challenging Cochran in the June primary. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

After a relatively unsurprising  series of primaries this month , June brings another collection of intraparty contests. More than half  of the states will have selected their nominees by the end of the month. Republicans will pick nominees in key Senate races in Mississippi , Iowa and South Dakota. Down the ballot, House primaries in several open seats will likely determine the future members of Congress from both parties.  

Here is Roll Call’s comprehensive look at watch to watch in June. Bookmark this page, and check out our primary map for results from past primaries. June 3 With primaries in eight states, this date marks the busiest night of the cycle.  

Ex-Democratic Congressman Gene Taylor May Help a Vulnerable Republican

Taylor, unseated in 2010 GOP wave, is attempting a comeback, this time as a Republican. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

One of the most conservative Democrats in House history is mounting a comeback bid in Mississippi — and his unconventional campaign could potentially boost the re-election hopes of Sen. Thad Cochran, one of this cycle's most vulnerable  Republicans.  

Former Democratic Rep. Gene Taylor switched parties in late February to launch a primary challenge in the coastal 4th District against GOP Rep. Steven M. Palazzo, the Republican who ended Taylor's career four years ago.  

Tea Party Candidate Eyes Thad Cochran Primary Challenge

Cochran is considering retirement. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., mulls retirement, a local lawmaker is considering a mounting a primary challenge against him in the Magnolia State.

State Sen. Chris McDaniel, a Republican aligned with the tea party, confirmed to CQ Roll Call this week that he's considering challenging the six-term senator.