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In Purple Virginia, Bill Clinton Revs Up Democrats

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a campaign event for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Former President Bill Clinton waltzed into a stifling recreation center in Alexandria, Va., Wednesday afternoon and told 400 Hillary Clinton supporters that this time, it wasn't his fault.  

"I was dressed and ready to go two hours ago," he said, explaining that he was late because first, his plane couldn't take off and then, it couldn't land. The crowd, who'd queued up hours earlier in a persistent drizzle, didn't care. They wiped their brows and settled in to hear Clinton improvise one of his characteristically engaging, and sometimes rambling, stump speeches about what his wife would do if president.  

Judges Select New Virginia Congressional Map

Virginia's new map would make Forbes' district more Democratic. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A federal three-judge panel selected a new congressional map for the 2016 elections Thursday.  

The map is one of two proposed maps that a court-appointed special master — in this case a political science professor at University of California, Irvine — released in November 2015 that would give Democrats a shot at picking up another seat. Currently, Democrats hold three of the state's 11 congressional seats. The new map would increase the black voting age population in the 4th District, currently held by GOP Rep. J. Randy Forbes. Several Democrats have already expressed interest in running for his seat.  

Virginia Primary Results: Don Beyer Wins Democratic Nod

In Virginia's primary, Beyer ran for the Democratic nod. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer handily defeated a crowded Democratic primary field Tuesday night in a win that will almost certainly send him to Congress next year in this Arlington-based district.  

In a crowded field, Beyer defeated his next closest primary opponent, state Del. Patrick Hope, 45 percent to 20 percent, with 67 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.  

Tuesday Primaries: Eric Cantor, Lindsey Graham Face Tepid Opposition

Cantor, the House Majority Leader, is on the primary ballot Tuesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Sen. Lindsey Graham — two of  the most recognizable names in Congress — face primary challenges Tuesday from their right flank.  

"I feel good,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said in a brief interview Thursday at the Capitol. “[We're] running like we're behind and got a lot of energy. Just got to run through the tape."  

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.  

Eric Cantor Brings in Bucks for Primary Challenge

Cantor faces a primary challenge in in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Recent fundraising reports filed Thursday for June 10 primaries give a glimpse of where those races stand, 10 days in advance.  

On June 10, there will be House primaries in Maine and Virginia, where House Majority Leader Eric Cantor faces his most serious primary threat yet — although most Republicans expect him to prevail with a large margin.  Here’s what the reports, which cover the fundraising period from April 1 to May 21, show:  

Democrats Dropping Like Flies in Race to Replace Moran

Beyer is one of a dwindling number of Democrats running for this open Virginia seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Seeing no path to victory, three of the 10 Democratic candidates looking to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran in Virginia dropped out in rapid succession in the past week — slightly dwindling a still-crowded field in next month's primary.  

Engineer Satish Korpe dropped out of the 8th District contest last week, followed by state Del. Charniele Herring on Monday and businessman Bruce Shuttleworth on Wednesday.  

Democratic Front-Runner Airs First Ad in Open Virginia Race

Beyer released his first ad this week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The front-runner in a crowded Democratic primary to succeed retiring  Rep. James P. Moran, D-Va., released the first television ad of the race on Thursday, less than two months from the primary.  

Former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer, one of 10 Democrats running in the June 10 primary, touts his commitment to women's issues, such as abortion rights and equal pay, in the 30-second spot.  

Democrat Drops Out of Race to Replace Moran in Virginia

Lopez speaks at a March straw poll for the 8th District seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

State Del. Alfonso Lopez, one of nearly a dozen Democrats seeking to replace retiring Rep. James P. Moran in Virginia's 8th District, announced on Friday that he will drop out of the contest.  

Citing a lack of resources to run a campaign, Lopez said in a statement he is suspending his bid for this Northern Virginia-based House seat.