Tuesday Primaries Gauge Direction of Nov. Election

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The upcoming midterm elections have some political insiders campaigning like Washington outsiders as incumbents find themselves in the mix of tough competition.

So what kind of message will voters send in November?

Three state primaries and a runoff election underway Tuesday in Georgia, Colorado, and Connecticut could gauge the direction of the fall midterm elections.

In this summer of discontent, President Barack Obama has stayed away from the primaries in Connecticut, Colorado, and Minnesota.

But he and former President Bill Clinton are going head to head in one Colorado race, where incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet -- backed by Obama -- is running neck and neck with challenger Andrew Romanoff -- backed by Clinton.

The GOP also has a close Senate contest between Colorado Lt. Gov. Jane Norton and Tea Party favorite and GOP candidate Ken Buck. Buck has said he won't hold a blind allegiance to the Republican Party.

"The very people we sent to drain the swamp are wallowing in it and that's not acceptable. Republicans need to start acting like Republicans," Buck said in one local campaign ad.

In Georgia's GOP runoff for governor, possible presidential candidates are testing their clout.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich are backing former congressman Nathan Deal.

"I know that when (Deal) gets to be a governor, he already understands a lot of the toughest issues he's going to face," Huckabee said. "And so for me, as a former governor who had worked with him, this was an easy decision."

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has boosted the chances of candidate Karen Handel.

"Are you ready to elect a pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, common sense Consitutional conservative who will fight like a mama grizzly for you?" Palin asked at a rally. If elected, Handel would become Georgia's first woman governor.

In Connecticut, voters angry with incumbents might lean towards Linda McMahon, former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment. McMahon is the favorite for the GOP nod to replace Sen. Chris Dodd.

Opponents, including former Republican Congressman Rob Simmons, argue that she has no experience. Many conservatives also don't like that she once gave money to President Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.

All the races will provide more clues about the direction that will likely be taken in November. Currently, Democrats are struggling to hold on to their majorities in Congress.

Meanwhile, Republicans are hoping to capture 39 House seats and 10 Senate seats in order to regain control of Congress.

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