Among the highlights of the next batch of primaries is the pair of former officeholders running to reclaim their old jobs.
Tim Pawlenty, whose two terms as Minnesota governor served as a launchpad for higher office, hopes to win the Republican governor nomination Tuesday—seven years to the day after dropping his presidential bid following a poor performance in the Ames Straw Poll.
Running in Minnesota for the first time since 2006, Pawlenty faces Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson, who was the party’s 2014 governor nominee and boasts the state party endorsement. But Pawlenty has led in fundraising and held a 19-point lead in an NBC News/Marist poll last month.
Ed Case is running again for Hawaii's 1st District. He represented the 2nd District for two terms before launching a 2006 primary challenge to Sen. Daniel Akaka. He went on to lose a 2010 special election for the 1st District and the 2012 open-seat Senate primary to Sen. Mazie Hirono.
He heads into Saturday’s primary with a polling lead despite joining the race in June. If he advances from the crowded field of contenders, Case will serve alongside Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who is the daughter of Case’s 2004 Republican challenger, Mike Gabbard.
-- Kyle Trygstad