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August 5, 2014

By Ballotpedia staff

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This Tuesday marks not only a first step in the decision for Kansas Governor, but also one of the most exciting gubernatorial elections this year.

A grand total of five states -- Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and Washington -- have elections today with races at the federal, state and local levels. Tuesday's election also kicks off the week's slew of primary election dates -- Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Kansas incumbent Sam Brownback (R) faces challenger Jennifer Winn in the Republican primary. Paul Davis (D), who leads Brownback in polling, is unopposed in the Democratic primary. The Republican primary is not anticipated to be as hotly contested as the general election, however.

Additionally in Kansas, Pat Roberts (R) faces three challengers in the primary for United States Senate. Roberts has led in recent polling by an average of 30 points, with radiologist Milton Wolf (R) his closest competitor. Wolf is the second cousin once removed of President Barack Obama.

The Republican primary for Kansas Secretary of State is also contested. Incumbent Kris Kobach will face Scott Morgan. Morgan is an attorney and former President of the Lawrence School Board.

Six ballot measures are up for a vote today: one in Michigan and five in Missouri. Missouri Amendment 1, also called "Right-to-Farm," is generating the most media interest and seems to be the most contentious. Due to its broad language, any impact of Amendment 1 would likely be decided by the courts.

The first of 18 attempts by the Safer Michigan Coalition to decriminalize marijuana on the local level through city ballot measures will also be decided today in Hazel Park and Oak Park. The coalition planned the other 16 measures for the fall ballot.

In Washington, there are 12 total candidates for the 4th Congressional District, the seat being vacated by Doc Hastings (R). Among the eight Republican candidates are a former member of the Washington Redskins, a state senator and a former state Director of Agriculture. There are also two Democratic and two Independent candidates vying for the seat.

Washington has a blanket primary system, so primary candidates are not separated out by party. Rather, all candidates run against each other, and the top two vote-getters advance to the general election. In instances where only two candidates run, both advance to the general election by default. Two races in the Washington House of Representatives, for District 21a and District 28b, feature five primary candidates. The race for the open Washington State Senate District 37 features six primary candidates, five Democrats and one Republican, for the currently-Democratic seat.

The District 4 seat of the Texas State Senate will be filled after nearly ten months of vacancy when Brandon Creighton (R) and Steve Toth (R) meet in a runoff election. The seat has been vacant since Tommy Williams' (R) retirement on October 26, 2013. Creighton and Toth advanced to this runoff from an all-Republican, four-way special election on May 10, 2014.

In Michigan's 11th Congressional District, incumbent Kerry Bentivolio (R) faces challenger David Trott. Trott has led Bentivolio in recent polling by around 20 points.

Seven chambers across four states will hold state legislative elections. Five hundred seventy-six total seats are up for election among the Kansas House, Michigan Senate, Michigan House, Missouri Senate, Missouri House, Washington Senate, and Washington House. Of the four, Michigan will have the most contested primaries involving an incumbent, with 24. Kansas has 21, Missouri 20 and Washington 17.

Judicial primaries will take place in three states: Kansas, Michigan and Missouri. All three states feature a number of primaries on both sides of the aisle. Some in Michigan have up to five candidates in a single primary. Of the 551 total candidates running in these three states, 362 are incumbents.

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