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OFF TO THE RACES: What to watch

The Wall Street Journal offers a good primer on what to watch in tonight's primary contests.

A problem for Democrats, noted by the New York Times: Yes, the economy is getting better, but not for the party's key constituencies like minorities and young women.

American Crossroads is kicking off a $9 million ad spree in four states, the Washington Post writes.

ARKANSAS: Election officials are expecting turnout in the state to be somewhere around 20 percent.

CALIFORNIA: Gov. Jerry Brown is pushing climate change to the forefront, calling the state the "epicenter" of its effects, the New York Times reports.

GEORGIA: The Wall Street Journal looks at the rise of David Perdue, a little-known executive who rose to the top of the polls by stressing his business background.

(Related: The Washington Post finds that only six current senators got to the upper chamber with no previous political experience.)

Here's the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's primer on the state's races.

IDAHO: Wolf politics are big in Idaho. Gov. Butch Otter met Monday with advocates calling for his ouster over policies that allow the wolf population to be thinned out. The Idaho Statesman: "Since most of the Republican Party in Idaho has opposed in one fashion or the other the reintroduction and the remarkable growth of the wolf population over the last 19 years, the protesters may actually may help Otter in his primary race against State Sen. Russ Fulcher, and now perhaps Harley Brown, the biker whose Idaho Public Television debate performance last week made the nation laugh and may help him to become a factor in the race."

KENTUCKY: Turnout in the state is expected to be less than thirty percent, writes the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Big money is coming for McConnell in the general election. Kentuckians for Strong Leadership and the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition have bought a combined $5.2 million in ad time for the weeks after today's primary.

Via NBC's Kasie Hunt and Ben Mayer, McConnell's closing pitch to voters includes this line: "There’s only one thing we can do in 2014: make me offensive coordinator instead of defensive coordinator."

MONTANA: Sen. John Walsh's campaign is targeting Republican Steve Daines on outsourcing, saying that Daines helped "pioneer" the practice of moving manufacturing jobs to China during his time working with Procter and Gamble.

OREGON: This story continues. Per the Oregonian: "The ex-husband of Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby accused her of "ongoing harassment" as they were going through a divorce in December 2007 and also called the police on her in December 2009 over a dispute about seeing their children."

PENNSYLVANIA: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette offers its primer for voters here.

Meanwhile, embattled Gov. Tom Corbett argues that he's already set in motion the kind of political programs his Democratic opponents are touting. "The things talked about that they would like to do, and I’m saying check, we’ve already started that process, check, we’ve started that process," he said in a radio interview.

VIRGINIA: The Richmond Times-Dispatch: "A federal judge is expected to rule Tuesday on defense motions to dismiss the 11 corruption charges against former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, or to separate their trials."

PROGRAMMING NOTES.

*** Tuesday’s “The Daily Rundown” line-up: NBC’s Chuck Todd interviews Kentucky Senate candidate Matt Bevin, The Grio’s Perry Bacon, Harvard’s Institute of Politics’ Trey Grayson, Idaho Congressional Candidate Bryan Smith, The Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and Georgia Senate candidate Rep. Jack Kingston.

*** Tuesday’s “Jansing & Co.” line-up: Chris Jansing interview Rep. John Yarmuth, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Political Editor for The Grio.com Perry Bacon, Political Reporter for Lexington Herald-Leader Sam Youngman, MSNBC Contributor and Columnist at theGrio.com Goldie Taylor, Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, National Political Reporter for the Washington Post Philip Rucker, CNBC’s Mandy Drury, and MSNBC.com’s Benjy Sarlin.

*** Tuesday’s “News Nation with Tamron Hall” line-up: Tamron Hall interviews Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman and the Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson on today’s primaries; Marjorie Wood from Institute of Policy Studies on report that student debt is rising faster at state universities with the highest-paid presidents.

*** Tuesday’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” line-up: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell interviews DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Fmr. Gov. Haley Barbour, the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza and NBC’s Chuck Todd, Kasie Hunt and Bill Neely.

*** Tuesday’s “The Reid Report” line-up: MSNBC’s Joy Reid interviews NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd, NBC’s Kasie Hunt, MSNBC.com’s Benjy Sarlin, Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele and BlueNationReview.com’s Jimmy Williams.

*** Tuesday’s “Ronan Farrow Daily” line-up: NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd looks at today’s primary races with reports on the ground from Kentucky and Georgia. Richard Socarides will talk Oregon’s striking down it’s same sex marriage ban. And Rajiv Shaf on USAID’s global food announcement.

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