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Key races in Tuesday's primaries

Five states are holding primary elections today.  Here's a look at key races in those states.
/ Source: The Associated Press

SENATE: Democratic Sen. Joe Lieberman lost to anti-war challenger Ned Lamont. The three-term senator was criticized by some Democrats for supporting the Iraq war and defending President Bush.

GOVERNOR: New Haven Mayor John DeStefano and Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy competed for the Democratic nomination to run against Republican Gov. M. Jodi Rell in November. Rell has a 75 percent approval rating and better than 2-to-1 leads over her challengers.

HOUSE: Rep. Cynthia McKinney, who made headlines this year for a scuffle with a U.S. Capitol Police officer, was defeated by Hank Johnson, a former county official, in a runoff for the Democratic nomination.

HOUSE: Six GOP candidates competed to succeed retiring Republican Rep. Joel Hefley, a 10-term veteran. The winner faces Democratic Air Force veteran Jay Fawcett. In another race, three Democrats vied to replace Rep. Bob Beauprez, the Republican nominee for governor.

CONGRESS: Republican Rep. Joe Schwarz has lost his district’s nomination to challenger Tim Walberg.

SENATE: Mike Bouchard, sheriff of Oakland County in suburban Detroit, competed with minister Keith Butler for the GOP nomination. The winner will take on Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November.

GOVERNOR: Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican multimillionaire Dick DeVos faced no opposition in their primaries.

SENATE: Republican Sen. Jim Talent and Democratic challenger Claire McCaskill, the state auditor, won their party’s primaries.