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June 23, 2014 AT 12:08 PM
Two of the longest-serving members of Congress face primary elections Tuesday that could end their political careers. Six-term Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran needs a comeback in a Republican runoff after trailing tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel in a June 3 primary. With more than $12 million in outside spending, the election has become the latest focus for the national battle between traditional Republican powers and conservative insurgents. Race is an issue, too, as tea partyers try to monitor how many Democrats— particularly black voters cast ballots in the GOP runoff. Race also is an issue in New York, where Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel, one of the most recognizable members of the Congressional Black Caucus, faces multiple challengers in his primary as he aims for a 23rd term representing demographically shifting areas of New York City. Rangel's top challenger is state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, a Dominican-born legislator running in the increasingly Hispanic district.