Bring the popcorn — here’s our guide to the hottest primaries of the summer

It feels like we've been in primary season forever already, but 29 state primaries or runoffs remain before November. By the time the next primaries arrive, however, the solstice will have come and gone, and we will officially be in summer primary season. Every summer primary isn't bound to be a crowd-pleaser; here's a guide to some of them — which ones promise big budgets and action, which ones could be sleeper hits and which are bound to disappoint.

The blockbuster remake


Chris McDaniel addresses supporters at a June 3 rally in Hattiesburg, Miss. (George Clark/AP)

It seems like someone makes a new Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel primary every couple of weeks. Doesn't politics have any new ideas?

The remake of the Mississippi Republican senate primary will premiere on June 24 — only three weeks after the last installment. It seems unlikely that voters are going to turnout to watch this remake, regardless of the millions of dollars of advertising that's been poured into promoting it.

The big-budget sequel


David Perdue, right, greets supporters after speaking at a primary election night party on May 20 in Atlanta. (David Goldman/AP)

In the last installment of the Georgia Republican senate primary, three of the candidates were vanquished. Now, only two remain. There can only be one, and we will find out who it will be in the conclusion to this very long and expensive primary.

The runoff will take place July 22, and though the previous primary made it look like political novice David Perdue would come out on top, Rep. Jack Kingston is benefiting from the thinner competition.

Freaky Friday remake

It's not summer unless you have at least 12 remakes. In Michigan’s 3rd district Republican primary, the tea party and the establishment end up trading places, and high jinks are sure to ensue! The incumbent libertarian Justin Amash has angered many people in the GOP with his mavericky ways, so outside spending and endorsements are starting to flood the race in favor of his not-so-tea-partyish challenger Brian Ellis. Amash still has plenty of friends — and all the advantages of being an incumbent. At this point in the race, he's nearly 20 points ahead of Ellis, so a surprise ending seems unlikely.

Indie Darling

You probably haven't heard of this primary: It's in Brooklyn, and the Democratic challenger, attorney Jeffrey Kurzon, has little chance of winning. But he does accept bitcoin and is framing his campaign as small-batch and artisanal by making campaign finance reform the centerpiece of his platf0rm. He also used to work at the law firm where Barack and Michelle met.  So quirky!

Nydia Velazquez is the incumbent in New York's District 7.

Shakespeare knockoff


Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska). (Marc Lester for The Washington Post)

In the Alaska Senate race, potential Republican nominee Dan Sullivan and Democratic incumbent Mark Begich just want to be able to race against each other without their families interfering. In the post-Citizens United era, it's not that easy. Sullivan, fearful for his future, has asked Begich to join him in a pact banning outside influence from their campaign. Begich isn't  sure he's ready to race Sullivan alone, seeing as one super PAC, Put Alaska First, has promised to spend at least $4 million to help Begich keep his job. Oh, and Sullivan is having reservations about the pact too. It's kind of a convoluted plot.

Will super PACs win, or will the candidates take over their destiny? You'll need to tune in to find out.

The one that looks like a carbon copy of all the primaries we already watched this year


Oklahoma state Rep. T.W. Shannon, left, talks with U.S. Rep. James Lankford, right, following a Republican candidate forum for the open U.S. Senate seat in Lawton, Okla., June 6. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

In the Oklahoma Republican senate primary, there are two candidates who have a chance of advancing on June 24. There is the frontrunner, Rep. James Lankford, who was elected to his seat in 2010 and calls himself "the Rodney Dangerfield of the Republican leadership." And, there is T.W. Shannon, who has the support of the Senate Conservatives Fund and a group called Oklahomans for a Conservative Future. Sarah Palin and Sens. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and Mike Lee (Utah) have all campaigned for Shannon. The race is close, and local tea party groups haven't backed either candidate — which means no on-the-ground back-up for either candidate.

Haven't we watched this primary already?

If you're sick of watching primaries with this plot, you may want to avoid the Louisiana Republican senate primary, the Tennessee Republican senate primary and the Kansas Republican senate primary too. However, many primary critics think that Eric Cantor's loss in Virginia reinvigorated the genre.

The Wes Anderson primary

Brooklyn lawyer William Bryk has never been to Wyoming. He has also never been to Idaho or Alaska or Oregon. And yet he is on the ballot in all three of these state's Democratic senate primaries. In the past 34 years, he has ran for office 18 times, often in states he has never seen. Bryk — who has never set foot west of the Mississippi River and usually only leaves New York City to go buy bulk cigarettes in New Jersey for his wife — wants to provide voters options in heavily red states with incumbent Republicans. "I don't claim to be a statesman or a great man," he told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. "But on the other hand, I'm not on the take. And if the voters elect me, I can do no more harm than the guys already in office."

He will not run any ads or spend any money in any of the races where he will be running. He will shake no hands and kiss no babies. If he did win, however, he and his wife would pack up their furniture and four cats and move to meet his constituents.

In Wyoming's August 19 primary, other candidates include a cook, a retired priest and a pilot.

And yes, Bill Murray would play Bryk if this were a movie.

The stolen identity thriller

Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) doesn't have to worry about name recognition in his district. He was the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2012, and has many friends in high places to help him campaign. He has a 99 percent chance of winning, according to the Washington Post's Election Lab forecasting model. However, could professional protester Jeremy Ryan — the only candidate challenging the incumbent Ryan in his primary muck things up?

Jeremy Ryan, better known as Segwey Boy, has been protesting GOP policies in Wisconsin for years. And yes, he decided to run against Paul Ryan because they have the same last name.

The state Republican Party originally challenged his nomination, saying that he misled voters with the "Sign Here. Legalize Marijuana" poster he held while collecting signatures to get on the ballot. The 25-year-old told the Associated Press, "It was just for marketing. It was trying to get people to come up toward me so I could tell them what I was doing and get them to sign the papers." The state's Government Accountability Board will let him stay on the ballot on Aug. 12.

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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