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Daniel Strauss

Daniel Strauss is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He was previously a breaking news reporter for The Hill newspaper and has written for Politico, Roll Call, The American Prospect, and Gaper's Block. He has also interned at Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and The New Yorker. Daniel grew up in Chicago and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in History. At Michigan he helped edit Consider, a weekly opinion magazine. He can be reached at daniel@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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In Texas, the Republican primaries are almost always the de facto elections. The difference with Tuesday's elections is a number of statewide races feature Republican primaries that offer both an establishment Republican candidate and an outside tea party favored candidate. That adds an extra wrinkle to a usually predictable affair.

On the Democratic side, all eyes are on state Sen. Wendy Davis whose win in the Democratic gubernatorial primary will be seen as an indicator of her chances of beating a strong Republican challenger.

"I would say the only interesting action is on the Republican side because the Democrats are long shots for all statewide offices and the only one who's attracted much attention is Wendy Davis and she has no meaningful opposition in the primary," Southern Methodist University political science professor Matthew Wilson told TPM on Monday.

Below are six points to keep in mind as election results come in.

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The Democratic gubernatorial candidate who's the target of a new Republican Governors Association attack ad is calling out Republican Governors Association Chairman Chris Christie (NJ) for the ad, saying that Christie himself supported expanding Medicaid under Obamacare.

In an open letter to Christie, South Carolina state Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D), who's challenging South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R), notes that the new spot fails to mention that Christie and a number of other Republican governors supported expanding Medicaid in their states.

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National Democrats are worried that a candidate who has called for Obama's impeachment and to repeal Obamacare will win the party's nomination to face Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) in the general election for Texas Senate.

The Hill reported Monday that Democrats are "scrambling" to prevent Kesha Rogers, a supporter of Lyndon LaRouche, from getting the nomination. The fear has some grounding.

A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll last month found that Rogers has 35 percent support in the Democratic primary while dentist David Alameel gets 27 percent and attorney Maxey Scherr gets 15 percent. If no candidate can get more than 50 percent support there's a runoff between the top two candidates in May.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wants to see sanctions imposed against Russia in response to Russian troops moving into Crimean Ukraine.

Boehner made the comments in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer published Monday.

A Boehner spokesman tweeted out his comments in the interview.

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For Texas tea partiers, Tuesday's primary might just be a grim day. Tea party candidates running in federal elections this cycle have struggled to get a foothold in the Lone Star state as the movement turns five.

The best example of the fizzle is one-time conservative favorite Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who's run such an incompetent campaign against Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) that even other tea party groups have turned against him.

"I network with over 300 liberty groups in Texas, [and] nobody that I know in the liberty movement went out and recruited Stockman. He just pops out and decided he's going to run," tea party activist JoAnn Fleming told TPM. "Well it doesn't take a whole lot of research before one figures out that Steve Stockman is not someone that you're going to want to hang your movement on."

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This post has been updated.

President Barack Obama expressed his "deep concern" with Russia sending troops into Crimean Ukraine during a 90 minute phone call he held with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.

The call hours after Russia's upper chamber of Parliament approved Putin's formal request to send troops to Ukraine.

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