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2022 midterms: What to watch in primaries in 7 states

Election 2022 What to Watch
Jim Weber/AP
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Pool Santa Fe New Mexican
FILE - New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham delivers the State of the State address during the 56th legislative session Jan. 18, 2022, in Santa Fe, N.M. Five Republican candidates are competing to take on Grisham. The incumbent is favored to keep her job in a state where Democrats control every statewide office and dominate the Legislature. (Jim Weber/Santa Fe New Mexican via AP, Pool, File)

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD AP Political Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Primary elections in seven states Tuesday will set the stage for U.S. House and Senate battles this fall that will play into control of Congress. Many contests are being shaped by political divisions in both major parties — and the lingering shadow of former President Donald Trump. A string of Republican House incumbents are contending with challenges from the political right. Some challengers are embracing Trump's baseless claims of election fraud in his 2020 loss to President Joe Biden. No incumbent governors or senators appear to be in imminent danger. The primaries are in California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.