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Mr. Hansen was the first to face a general election because his challenger had no opposition from his own party, meaning there was no primary.

However, primaries were held Tuesday for Republicans challenging the other two Democratic senators. Sen. Bob Wirch will face business attorney Jonathan Steitz on Aug. 16, the same day that Sen. Jim Holperin will be opposed by tea party organizer Kim Simac.

The slates were finalized last week in the races targeting the six Republicans. Their recall elections will be Aug. 9.

While Mr. VanderLeest struggled to raise cash, the winners of Tuesday’s primaries proved they could. Ms. Simac’s campaign reported having almost $60,000 in the bank earlier this month, while Mr. Steitz raised more than $33,000 and had more than $12,000 cash on hand.

That still leaves them at a disadvantage, since the Democratic incumbents each have at least $140,000 cash on hand.