Washington (CNN) – From competitive congressional contests to high profile appearances by potential presidential candidates, over the next five days we will see the 2010 primary season come to a close and perhaps get greater insight into who may run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
For political junkies, this may be the best week, so far, of the year:
- Tuesday: Seven states and the District of Columbia hold primaries with three of the states and the nation's capital of particular interest to me. In New Hampshire, there is a crowded Republican battle for the Senate nomination with the GOP establishment standing behind Kelly Ayotte and the powerful publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader backing Ovide Lamontagne. There is also a competitive Republican for a House seat. Delaware pits the centrist-Rep. Mike Castle against Tea Party favorite Christine O'Donnell. Embattled New York City Rep. Charlie Rangel faces the voters after being accused of violating congressional ethics rules. And in the D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is facing a difficult re-election against Council Chairman Vincent Gray.
- Wednesday: The Republican National Committee launches a national bus tour of 48 states in an attempt to rally voters heading into the midterm elections.
- Friday: Social conservatives converge on the nation's capital for the Values Voter Summit – an annual gathering where politics and policy are discussed by activists. Several potential presidential candidates are scheduled to address the conference including Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Mike Pence and Rick Santorum. On the same day, Sarah Palin headlines the Iowa Republican Party's Ronald Reagan Dinner in Des Moines.