What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries
GOP picks nominee in top Senate race; 2 Toss-up House races will be set

Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith faces a DFL primary challenge Tuesday from five other candidates, including former Republican Richard Painter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

From New England to the upper Midwest, four states are hosting primaries Tuesday.

The most interesting contests are in Wisconsin and Minnesota, which both hold primaries for Senate and for several competitive House seats. And in two safe Democratic districts — one in Minnesota and one in Connecticut — primaries will likely pick new members of Congress.

Paul Ryan Leaving Congress? His Constituents Think Not
Wisconsin’s 1st District split on Ryan support but no apparent groundswell of voters turning on him

Speaker Paul D. Ryan has waited until late May to file for re-election the past three cycles. Speculation has been rife in D.C. that he may retire or resign, but many of his Wisconsin constituents think he’s staying in Congress. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

RACINE, Wis. — Colleen Prochazka and Guy Henken don’t agree on much when it comes to their representative Paul D. Ryan, but they both believe one thing: The speaker of the House is not leaving Congress anytime soon.

“He’s not a quitter,” Prochazka said of Ryan, predicting he will run for re-election this year and “he will not quit the job early.”

GOP Outside Group Airs National TV Ad to Thank Ryan
American Action Network selling GOP health care plan on TV

American Action Network is spending an additional $500,000 on TV to tout the GOP health care plan nationwide and thank Speaker Paul D. Ryan. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

An issue advocacy organization with close ties to House Republican leadership is launching a half-million-dollar national television campaign Monday to provide cover to GOP lawmakers back home in their districts over recess. 

In the new ad, the American Action Network touts the GOP health care plan, which narrowly passed the House last week, and thanks Speaker Paul D. Ryan for his leadership. The ad will air during MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” and locally in Wisconsin’s 1st District, home to the speaker. 

Advocacy Group Targets 29 Republicans Ahead of Health Care Vote
American Action Network is making a final six-figure push in support of AHCA

American Action Network’s latest digital campaign targets Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has come out against leadership’s health care plan. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

An advocacy group with close ties to House leadership is launching a final push to pressure 29 Republicans to support the GOP health care plan ahead of an expected vote later this week.

Some of those lawmakers have indicated they won’s support the bill.

Congressional Republicans Should Be Afraid of Steve Bannon
Senior White House adviser has no love for the GOP

Steve Bannon, right, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, could pose a threat to some GOP lawmakers, Nathan L. Gonzales writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It’s no secret that Steve Bannon wants to oversee the demise of the mainstream media, but President Donald Trump’s senior adviser probably wouldn’t mind incapacitating the Republican Party in order to remake it into his own image as well. 

Bannon (and Trump, for that matter) recently referred to the media, as “the opposition party.” That’s a cause congressional Republicans could get behind, but a series of emails last year could foreshadow a big problem for GOP incumbents, particularly those who disagree with the president or his administration.