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Primary races could mean new blood or old guard for Congress

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Chris McDaniel, a state senator from Mississippi, is challenging six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in a Congressional primary race. (Source: CNN) Chris McDaniel, a state senator from Mississippi, is challenging six-term Sen. Thad Cochran in a Congressional primary race. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - People in several states are heading to the polls Tuesday to vote in U.S. Congress primary races that may be worth watching.

In Mississippi, state Sen. Chris McDaniel and U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran face off in a high-profile "tea party vs. the establishment" race.

Tea party groups are supporting McDaniel, and many national Republicans back Cochran, who has already served six terms.

In New York, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat, a Democratic newcomer, is taking on U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, who is running for a 23rd term.

In Oklahoma, there are seven candidates in the race, but the two front-runners are former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon and U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

Shannon is a favorite of tea party heavyweight Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX.

Lankford is the Republican Policy Committee chairman, the fifth-highest ranking House Republican.

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