Democrats compete in Virginia's 10th Congressional District primary

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Democrats compete in Virginia's 10th Congressional District primary

Democrats in Virginia are hoping to do their part in claiming control of the House of Representatives, and it begins with nominating a slate of candidates in Tuesday's primary election.

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Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock in northern Virginia's 10th District will face the victor of a six-way Democratic primary.

One of the Democrats, Dan Helmer, an Army veteran and Rhodes Scholar recruited to run for Congress by the bipartisan leadership organization New Politics, grabbed headlines for a television ad comparing Trump to Osama bin Laden. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) is nearly certain to win the Republican primary to face Sen. He condemned Trump's travel ban and support for increased tariffs.

Nevada is crucial to the Democrats' chances of winning back the Senate. But Hillary Clinton carried the district easily in the 2016 presidential race, so many analysts believe an energized Democratic base could carry the day in November. Democrats have long eyed Heller's seat, making him one of the GOP's most vulnerable incumbents this cycle.

Laxalt is the state attorney general and he's favored in an eight-way Republican primary Tuesday.

And in the 3rd District, philanthropist Susie Lee is favored in the Democratic primary, while Republicans could choose Danny Tarkanian, the son of the legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who dropped his Senate bid at the urging of Trump.

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Turnout was generally light, a state election commission spokesman said early Tuesday afternoon. Rep. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., is the favorite in a crowded Democratic primary field.

Heller narrowly won his seat in 2012 against Democrat Shelley Berkley, who was hampered by ethics questions. Though Menendez skated on those charges after a November mistrial and a January decision by the Department of Justice to drop all charges, his GOP opponent in the November general election, Bob Hugin, is following a campaign strategy to try him in the court of public opinion.

Last year, Virginia Democrats saw a wave election, propelling Ralph Northam to the governor's mansion and flipping 15 Republican seats in the House of Delegates.

Six candidates are vying to take on Comstock, including several who have successfully raised more than $1 million. But if Sanford loses - a real possibility - it'll be because of his criticisms of the president. If he loses, it would be a warning to other incumbent Republicans who have criticized Trump in the past.

Freshman members of the incoming U.S. 114th Congress Mia Love (R-UT) (L) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) huddle together in freezing temperatures after participating in a class photo on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington November 18, 2014. Kaine is up for reelection this year, in a race that will test the left's enthusiasm for moderate Democrats.

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