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State of Discontent: The 2006 Primary Guide 

At last: a non-presidential election that matters ... that gives you choices worth making.

In recent years, voters in state-level and even national-level elections have grown used to primary contests that were either desultory or nonexistent. But this year, incumbents are beset on all fronts: There's outrage over the pay raise in Harrisburg, doubts about the competence of Washington, concern over the war in Iraq. Challengers have sprung up everywhere; in some cases, as in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, even the challengers have challengers. In races for the state House on up to Congress, political novices are running hard, while party hacks are running scared.

Of course, incumbency remains a powerful advantage, and many challengers have obstacles to overcome ... including each other. But if the status quo prevails, at least this time it won't be for lack of an alternative.

U.S. Senate

U.S. Congress District 4

U.S. Congress District 14

U.S. Congress District 18

Lieutenant Governor

State House of Representatives District 20

State House of Representatives 21st District

State House of Representative District 24

State Representative District 27

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