Voters will narrow down races in Tuesday’s primary

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Kansas voters will decide whether they want to alter the balance of power in the Legislature and replace two Republican congressmen in Tuesday's primary election.

The GOP and the Democratic Party are picking their nominees for the U.S. Senate, congressional seats, the Kansas Senate, the Kansas House and hundreds of county offices.

Moderate Republicans are hoping to knock off conservative legislators in GOP contests, and U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp is facing a tough challenge from Roger Marshall, a Great Bend obstetrician, in the big 1st Congressional District of western and central Kansas.

KEY RACES in Kansas

U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran is seeking a second, six-year term and is expected to win easily over a largely unknown opponent, D.J. Smith, of Osawatomie, in the GOP primary.

U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder also is expected to score a big victory over his Republican primary opponent, retired Army officer Greg Goode, of Louisburg, in the Kansas City-area 3rd District.

The biggest race is Huelskamp's contest against Marshall. The incumbent is a tea party favorite who first won the seat in 2010, but his conflicts with GOP leaders turned agriculture and business groups against him.

More than two dozen Republican legislators, most of them conservative allies of GOP Gov. Sam Brownback, face primary challengers. Three House Democrats also do, in relatively safe Democratic districts.

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KEY RACES inn Missouri

Missouri's most competitive Republican governor's primary race in two decades is coming to a close Tuesday. The Missouri governor's seat is up for grabs, with Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon term-limited. Four candidates will face off in both the Democratic and Republican primaries to win spots on the November General Election ballot. Incumbent Roy Blunt has three challengers in the GOP primary for U.S. Senate, while there will be four candidates in the Democratic race, including Secretary of State Jason Kander. And primary voters will pick a full slate of candidates for Missouri's statewide executive offices, the U.S. Senate and House, the state Legislature and numerous local offices.

Republican gubernatorial candidates John Brunner, Eric Greitens, Catherine Hanaway and Peter Kinder had together already spent more than $22 million as of about two weeks before the election.
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POLLING HOURS-in Missouri

Poll Close: 7 p.m. Central

First Results Expected: 7:30 p.m. Central

POLLING HOURS-in Kansas

All polling places across the state must open at 7 a.m., though local election officials have the authority to allow voting to begin at 6 a.m.

Polling closes at 7 p.m. local time. Four counties on the state's border with Colorado — Greeley, Hamilton, Sherman and Wallace — are on Mountain time, an hour earlier than the rest of the state.

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TURNOUT

Election officials in Missouri are predicting a voter turnout of 31 percent.

In Kansas, Kobach predicted Monday that 24 percent of the state's 1.75 million registered voters will cast ballots in the primary.

That's slightly higher than the 23.2 percent turnout in 2012, the last year there was a presidential election.

Kobach said he expects 410,000 ballots to be cast and that county election officials already have received about 70,000 advance ballots.

He said while there are hotly contested races that will boost turnout in some areas, there's no statewide contest resulting in aggressive get-out-the-vote efforts.