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2009: Primary day in New Jersey

NEW JERSEY: "New Jersey voters go to the polls today to choose who they want to battle it out for the governor's mansion this fall," the Star Ledger reports. "Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine is seeking a second four-year term in office. He is opposed in the party's primary by three little-known Democrats: Roger Bacon, Carl Bergmanson and Jeff Boss. The more intense race is on the other side of the ballot, where Republicans will select the party's standard-bearer to run against Corzine. Former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie and former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan spent months sparring over taxes, spending, the state Supreme Court and a host of other issues."

Also: "[P]ast primaries have been marked by low turnout. In 2005, just under 580,000 people -- or 12 percent of those registered -- turned out to vote. It's been 20 years since as many as one-fifth of New Jersey's eligible voters cast ballots in a gubernatorial primary."

Politico: "With New Jersey Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine lagging in the polls, Republicans couldn't be more enthusiastic about their chances of ousting him in November. But first they must settle an intraparty conflict over who's best suited to do the job — former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie or former Bogota, N.J., Mayor Steve Lonegan. … The contest pits two wings of the Republican Party against each other...."

VIRGINIA: One week until the primary, Terry McAuliffe has a HUGE financial advantage over his opponents for the Democratic nomination, the Washington Post says. McAuliffe … raised $1.8 million in the two-month period ending Wednesday. His $6.9 million war chest allowed him to start airing TV ads in January and this week expand his TV blitz into the expensive Northern Virginia market. [Brian] Moran raised $844,000 during the same period, bringing his total to $4.8 million, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan group that tracks Virginia political money. [Creigh] Deeds raised $676,000 and pushed his total above $3.8 million."

More: "Moran had aired $43,000 worth of TV ads as of Wednesday, all of them in Norfolk and Richmond, according to Evan Tracey, who tracks political advertising for the Campaign Media Analysis Group. By contrast, McAuliffe spent $900,000 during that period, advertising in every Virginia market except the D.C. suburbs. Deeds had spent almost $400,000. Moran has added $85,000 worth of spots since then, and Deeds has purchased another $400,000 worth of advertising through next Tuesday, according to two sources who track TV ad buys for all three campaigns."