The 5 Best Lists of Things to Watch in Tonight's Primaries

You might think that since Romney has all but wrapped up the nomination, there's nothing left to say. That's mostly true, but here are 25 things to watch anyway.

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Mitt Romney and two other remaining candidates who will not win the Republican presidential nomination. Reuters

Today, voters in five states are going to the polls, but you'd be forgiven for not paying exceptionally close attention: After all, it's been widely argued for weeks -- following several primary elections -- that Mitt Romney has the Republican nomination locked up. Beyond the citizens discharging their duty and casting a ballot, the only people with a major stake in the results are Newt Gingrich and a few candidates in contested House and Senate primaries. (Gingrich has more or less stated that he'll drop out if he doesn't get notch a V in winner-take-all Delaware.)

Since what matters most now is the general election, we've opted not to compile yet another list of the five things to watch tonight. Instead, we present the five best lists of five things* to watch from tonight's results. Also worth reading are Molly Ball's reports on the disorder in the Pennsylvania Republican Senate race and its ramifications for Senate control; and on how Newt Gingrich damaged his empire and reputation with his pointlessly persistent campaign. And now, without further ado:

  1. 5 things to watch in Tuesday's primaries by Charles Mahtesian in Politico;
  2. 5 (somewhat different) things to watch in the primaries, by Ben C. Jacobs in The Daily Beast;
  3. 5 implications of the primaries, by Michael D. Shear in The New York Times;
  4. 7 things to watch for, by The Washington Post's overachieving Aaron Blake;
  5. And last, 3 more things to watch for in Tuesday's primaries, by NPR's Frank James.

Polls close tonight in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, and Rhode Island at 8 p.m. Eastern, and in New York an hour later. Check back here for news and analysis.

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David A. Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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