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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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President Joe Biden

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Two tiresome realities about being president of the United States: first, everybody blames you for things over which you have little or no control: such as the worldwide price of oil, and international shipping schedules. Should there be too few electronic gee-gaws on store shelves to pacify American teenagers this Christmas, it will be Joe Biden’s fault.

Second, everybody gives you advice, whether you ask for it or not. Everywhere you look, Democrats and Democratically-inclined pundits are tempted to panic. “The cold reality for Biden,” writes New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait “is that his presidency is on the brink of failure.” A return to Trumpism, and essentially the end of American democracy, strikes Chait as altogether likely.

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