House primary campaigns: Where have the moderates gone?

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There was a day when the most watched part of a Republican primary was the tug-of-war between conservatives and moderates over who would control the Legislature.

Just four years ago, there were 28 House seats in which moderates and conservatives competed for control of the chamber.

Moderates defended 17. Conservatives defended 11.

This year, there might be only five or six districts featuring the classic conservative-moderate primary matchups that dominated party politics for years.

And that's a loose number depending on how you define the candidate and the issue.

And others still caution that the numbers . . .

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