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A citizen casting their vote in Miami on Tuesday. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Tuesday's primaries in Florida and Wyoming could bring more diversity to the GOP ticket with competitive races that may topple an incumbent, elevate a woman to the upper chamber and result in the nomination of a Black Republican to the House.

The big picture: The races are some of the final nominating contests in this election cycle. 2020 has seen a surge in progressive candidates winning out against moderate Democrats, and Republican anomalies, such as QAnon backers, becoming increasingly common.

  • Florida is a target for both Democrats and Republicans this year, as Axios' Margaret Talev notes that Trump's re-election must go through the state.
  • Meanwhile, Wyoming remains a near-guarantee for Republicans this November.

Of note: Alaska is also holding primary elections on Tuesday. Rep. Don Young (R) — the longest-serving member of Congress — is running for reelection while fending off a pool of Democratic challengers.

Races to watch

In Florida, the results the GOP primary will solidify who goes up against Democratic Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in November in a battleground district (FL-26) that flipped from red to blue in 2018.

  • Freshman Rep. Ross Spano (R) will try to fight off primary challenges in Florida's 15th Congressional District following months of investigations over his possible campaign finance violations.
  • Spano has denied wrongdoing in the matter, claiming any errors made were "completely inadvertent and unintentional."
  • In the Republican primary, Lakeland City Commissioner Scott Franklin has hammered Spano as a “criminal” in campaign ads.
  • Whoever wins will face either journalist Alan Cohn or state Rep. Adam Hattersley, who are squaring off in the Democratic primary.

Four Republican candidates are in contention for southwest Florida's 19th Congressional District, including: businessman Casey Askar, state Rep. Byron Donalds, state House Majority Leader Dane Eagle and physician William Figlesthaler.

  • FL-19 is a steadily red seat that virtually ensures a win for its Republican nominee come November. The seat is made vacant by retiring Rep. Francis Rooney (R).

Florida's 3rd Congressional District also has a primary to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ted Yoho.

In Wyoming, Rep. Cynthia Lummis is the front-runner for the state's GOP Senate nomination to fill the seat vacated by outgoing GOP Sen. Mike Enzi. She served in the House from 2009-2017, and was the only woman in the House Freedom Caucus at the time, per CNN.

  • While the number of women serving in Congress is increasing, there's been a drop in the number of female GOP legislators in recent years.
  • Lummis has received endorsements from President Trump, Enzi and fellow Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso (R).

Go deeper

Updated Dec 7, 2020 - Politics & Policy

The top Republicans who have acknowledged Biden as president-elect

Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Some elected Republicans are breaking ranks with President Trump to acknowledge that President-elect Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

Why it matters: The relative sparsity of acknowledgements highlights Trump's lasting power in the GOP, as his campaign moves to file multiple lawsuits alleging voter fraud in key swing states — despite the fact that there have been no credible allegations of any widespread fraud anywhere in the U.S.

Nov 26, 2020 - Health

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon tests positive for COVID-19

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon (R) has tested positive for COVID-19, his office announced Wednesday, per CBS News.

The state of play: The governor has minor symptoms and will continue working remotely, according to his office.

U.S. economy added 379,000 jobs in February

Data: FRED; Chart: Axios Visuals

The economy added 379,000 jobs in February, while the unemployment rate dropped from 6.3% to 6.2%, the Labor Department said on Friday.

Why it matters: The first Biden-era jobs report shows hiring surged as coronavirus cases eased — though a full recovery remains far off. Economists expected the economy to add roughly 182,000 jobs last month, after adding a paltry 49,000 in January.

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