PRIMARY ROUNDUP | TN-8 | TN-6 | MA-3

Healey Backs Pressley Over Capuano

Trump endorsed David Kustoff over his primary rival.

July 30, 2018, 8:38 a.m.

MA-03: While EMILY's List has been in conversation with the five women running for retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas (D) seat, "[t]he organization will not say, however, if it actually intends to endorse one of those women ... in the Democratic primary." As a record number of women run for office this cycle, competitive primaries create a problem for the group. "Uncertainty has not been the case with similar organizations, however. The National Women's Political Caucus and Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus both announced their support last week for" state Sen. Barbara L'Italien (D). (Lowell Sun)

MA-07: State Attorney General Maura Healey (D) on Monday endorsed Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley's (D) Sept. 4 primary challenge to Rep. Michael Capuano (D). (Twitter)

TN-06: For GOP primaries in deep red seats, the race is all about President Trump. "The dynamic is a reminder that despite the seemingly endless negative headlines captivating Washington, the president remains deeply popular in many pockets of the country. ... The five-way primary for the Middle Tennessee-based seat features plenty of players familiar to internecine House Republican battles, from the political arm of the House Freedom Caucus to a GOP PAC that’s been critical of Trump. But neither have been huge actors in this race, allowing it to mostly fly under the radar heading into a rare Thursday primary."

Former state Agriculture Commissioner John Rose (R), the front-runner who holds deep ties to farming and tech, has filled his campaign ads with Trump buzzwords. Former Rutherford County Chancellor Bob Corlew (R) argues he is the strongest supporter of Trump, noting that purported Never Trumpers have been behind attacks on his campaign. And while state Rep. Judd Matheny (R) has struggled to fundraise, he has garnered some support from the House Freedom Caucus, GOP megadonor Richard Uihlein, and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA 48). (Roll Call)

TN-08: Trump tweeted his support for Rep. David Kustoff (R), who faces a well-funded challenger in radiologist George Flinn (R). (Twitter) Flinn loaned himself $1.5 million in the second quarter and ended with more in the bank than Kustoff.

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