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There are primaries in four states tonight — Minnesota, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Vermont — but Wisconsin is the state to watch.

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The state of play: Sen. Tammy Baldwin is one of 10 red-state Democrats defending their seats this cycle and outside GOP groups have already spent more than $12 million attacking her — before they even have a Republican nominee to challenge her.

Why it matters: This seat is crucial to Democrats maintaining some sort of balance in the Senate. But either Republican candidate is going to give Baldwin a run for her money — at least four billionaires in the state have pledged to back the Republican nominee in their fight to oust Baldwin.

  • State Senator Leah Vukmir — who's got the backing of Paul Ryan and the Wisconsin GOP establishment — will face veteran and businessman Kevin Nicholson, the more outsider candidate who was previously endorsed by Steve Bannon.

Other races to watch: Democrats are fighting to take back Paul Ryan's congressional seat in Wisconsin's first district.

  • Both Minnesota U.S. Senate seats are held by women: Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith, who took over after Al Franken resigned amid sexual misconduct allegations. There could be two women fighting for this seat in November — incumbent Democratic Sen. Smith, who previously served as Lieutenant Governor, and Republican State Senator Karin Housley.
  • Don't miss congressional races in Minnesota's 2nd, 3rd and 8th districts where Republicans are in danger and a Democratic-held seat is open.
  • Two Republican governors are running for a third term, so watch former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and incumbent Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker tonight. Three candidates in Wisconsin's Democratic primary could make history if elected in November.

Go deeper: The candidates to watch in tonight's primaries

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Trump says he plans to launch new social media network in 2022

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Former President Trump on Wednesday announced plans to launch a social media network called "Truth Social," and that it would go public via a SPAC.

Why it matters: Most ex-presidents are focused on their legacies, by creating presidential libraries or engaging in philanthropic endeavors. Trump, however, remains consumed by social media.

Beauty giant Coty Cosmetics looking to sell its own branded products

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Coty Cosmetics CEO Sue Nabi tells Axios the beauty giant will “probably” introduce Coty-branded products one day.

Why it matters: Coty produces some of the world’s most popular fragrances, skin care products and color cosmetics on behalf of other well-known brands, but has shied away from producing its own branded products.

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NFL to end race-based testing in concussion settlements

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The National Football League on Wednesday reached an agreement with former players to end the controversial practice of race-based adjustments in dementia testing, AP reports.

Why it matters: The deal, which must still be approved by a judge, comes amid a broader discussion of racial inequities in health care.

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