Primary elections Tuesday followed campaigns that touched on virtually all major issues this year - the economy, the deficit, abortion, family values and the bad-check scandal at the House bank.
In addition to Utah's election today (see picture on A1), voters were going to the polls in the Virgin Island and these states:- ALASKA - Ten-term Republican Rep. Don Young, involved in House check scandal, against state Sen. Virginia Collins. Democratic Valdez Mayor John Devens against state Sen. Pat Rodey. Two-term Republican Sen. Frank Murkowski without strong GOP primary opposition. Democrats ex-state Commerce Commissioner Tony Smith, businessman Willie Hensley square off.
- ARIZONA - Retired Air Force Gen. Truman Spangrud against Claire Sargent, Phoenix community activist, for Democratic Senate nomination. Winner faces Republican John McCain, a Keating Five senator. Rep. Jay Rhodes, four challengers for seat his father held for 30 years. U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe against conservative engineer Michael Beehler.
- FLORIDA - Voting in Dade County, delayed by Hurricane Andrew, to decide whether former U.S. District Judge Alcee Hastings enters House runoff. Accused of taking bribes, Hastings was impeached by House and removed by Senate in 1989.
Dade County Democrats primary among three blacks in another district. Absence of GOP candidate likely giving Florida its first black in Congress since Reconstruction.
In 3rd district, either Lincoln Diaz-Balart or Javier Souto, both Republican state senators, will be elected in the absence of a Democratic candidate.
- NEW HAMPSHIRE - Republican Gov. Judd Gregg wants to succeed retiring Sen. Warren Rudman. Crowded GOP field led by construction executive Hal Eckman. Democratic front-runner John Rauh, a millionaire and pro-choice advocate. Voters picking nominees for governor. Lead-ing GOP field, former state Attorney General Steven Merrill against state Rep. Elizabeth Hager. Democrats for governor: state Rep. Arnie Arnesen, backing state's first income tax, former Rep. Norman D'Amours and health consultant Ned Helms. First-term Reps. Bill Zeliff, a Republican, and Dick Swett, a Democrat, face primary opposition.
- VERMONT - GOP Senate primary offered secretary of state James Douglas and businessman John Gropper. Winner faces Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, favored to win fourth term. Re-pub-lican voters choosing challenger to U.S. Rep. Bernard Sanders, a socialist and only House independent. Lewis Young has Democratic nod.
- WISCONSIN - Democrats Rep. Jim Moody, state Rep. Russell Feingold, millionaire businessman Joe Checota tangled in primary race for U.S. Senate. Winner faces two-term Republican Sen. Robert Kasten, who is expected to defeat chemical engineer Roger Faulkner.