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The national media is still obsessing over Governor Scott Walker’s victory in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, but he wasn’t the only well-known politician on the ballot on Tuesday.

Here are five key races that got overshadowed by the Wisconsin recall:

Jacko’s Rabbi Continues Congressional Crusade

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, who served as Michael Jackson’s “spiritual adviser” and has published a line of Judaic sex books such as “The Kosher Sutra,” easily won the Republican primary in New Jersey’s 9th Congressional district.

Bill Pascrell Pulls An Upset

Boteach will face off against Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell, won a surprising victory over Rep. Steve Rothman. The two Congressmen were forced to fight a nasty primary battle after redistricting placed them in the same district.

Birther Queen Falls Short

Orly Taitz — whose obsession over disproving President Barack Obama’s citizenship is matched only by Donald Trump — failed to finish in the top two in California’s Senate primary, meaning that she will not face Senator Dianne Feinstein in November. Early polls suggested that Taitz actually had a chance.

Close, But No Cigar For Tobacco Tax

California voters also rejected Proposition 29, which would have added a $1 tax to a pack of cigarettes. The measure was defeated by barely a percentage point, due in large part to the tobacco industry’s $47 million ad campaign opposing it.

Senate Battle Set In New Mexico

Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich and Republican former Rep. Heather Wilson won their respective Senate primaries in New Mexico, setting up an election that could swing control of the Senate. Early polls show Heinrich with a narrow lead.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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