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2024 down ballot races from Arizona to Texas and West Virginia

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As Election Day approaches on November 5, we’re focusing on some high-profile votes in Congress. At stake: a third of the 100 seats in the US Senate (34) and all 435 members of the House of Representatives are up for re-election.

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Arizona

The Grand Canyon State is the setting for one of the most high-profile U.S. Senate races that will replace Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Arizona, who is not seeking re-election in November. Progressive Democratic candidate U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego will face leading Republican candidate Kari Lake, who has the backing of former President Donald Trump. The primaries are scheduled for July 30.

Michigan

Michigan’s 7th Congressional District, anchored by Lansing, saw its district lines redrawn in 2022 thanks to 2020 Census redistricting, making the race to replace Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) in the House of Representatives one of the closest competitive elections of the 2024 cycle.

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Republican candidate Tom Barrett, who lost to Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Michigan, in 2022, is seeking to regain the seat and is challenging Democratic candidate Curtis Herel.

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District has three candidates: Democrat Susan Wild, Republican Ryan Mackenzie and independent candidate Lewis Shupe. Wild, the incumbent, won the seat in 2018. The district was previously the 15th Congressional District but was redrawn after the 2020 census, reportedly in favor of Republican candidates.

Democratic Rep. Matt Cartwright, the incumbent in the Keystone State’s 8th Congressional District, also faces a Republican opponent, Rob Bresnahan Jr.

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Texas

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, will face Rep. Collin Allred, D-TX. The former NFL player turned House member flipped Texas’ 32nd Congressional District in 2018, defeating incumbent Pete Sessions. He defeated opponents Genevieve Collins in 2020 and Antonia Swad in 2022.

Cruz narrowly defeated his opponent, Beto O’Rourke, in 2018 by 3%.

Virginia

Former President Donald Trump endorsed a primary challenger to fellow Republican Rep. Bob Good of Virginia, the chairman of an influential House of Representatives caucus that had backed a Trump challenger during this year’s presidential election, according to Reuters.

Trump endorsed Virginia Sen. John McGuire, a former Navy SEAL, in his challenge to Good during the party’s June 18 primary. Good, who has led the House Freedom Caucus since January, has had a rocky relationship with Trump since he endorsed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in the primaries.

“Bob Good is BAD FOR VIRGINIA, AND BAD FOR THE USA,” Trump said in a social media post on Tuesday. “He constantly attacked and fought against me until recently, when he gave a warm and ‘loving’ approval. But actually it was too late.”

Good won his district, which runs along the state’s southern border with North Carolina east of the capital Richmond, with 57% of the vote in 2022.

West Virginia

Sen. Joe Machin, D-WV, announced he would not seek a third term after initially filing, leaving the state’s only Democratic congressional seat up for grabs. Republican candidate Jim Justice will face Democrat Glenn Elliott in November.

Victor Hagan is the Alabama Election Reporting Fellow for the USA TODAY Network. He can be reached at [email protected] or at X @TheVictorHagan. To support his work, please subscribe to the Advertiser.

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