Five states are gearing up for presidential primaries on Tuesday, setting the stage for a political showdown as President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump solidify their grasp on party support nationwide.

In what is anticipated to be a routine affair, Trump is poised to secure victories in GOP primaries across Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, and Ohio. Conversely, Biden is expected to dominate the Democratic contests in all these states except Florida, where the party opted to forego the primary, channeling all 224 delegates to the incumbent president—a customary move for a party with a sitting president seeking reelection.

Beyond the presidential race, several other contests hold significance in offering glimpses into the broader political landscape. Ohio’s Republican Senate primary, for instance, features Trump-backed entrepreneur Bernie Moreno facing off against contenders Frank LaRose, Ohio’s Secretary of State, and Matt Dolan, scion of the family that owns the Cleveland Guardians baseball team.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, voters will weigh in on a proposal to levy a one-time real estate tax to fund new homeless services, shedding light on local priorities amidst broader political currents. In California, the race to fill the vacancy left by former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s resignation underscores the shifting dynamics within the Republican Party.

While Trump and Biden have pivoted their focus towards the general election in recent weeks, targeting states poised to be battlegrounds come November, their campaigns remain entrenched in contrasting narratives.

Trump, staging rallies in traditionally Republican strongholds like Ohio, aims to bolster his image as a stalwart defender of conservative values. However, signs of potential electoral shifts, such as Ohio’s recent votes on abortion rights and marijuana legalization, hint at a changing political landscape.

In contrast, Biden embarks on visits to Nevada and Arizona, highlighting his commitment to cultivating support in key swing states crucial for Democratic success.

Both candidates are leveraging their records in office while portraying each other as existential threats to the nation. Trump, branding Biden as mentally unfit, underscores his opponent’s age and political vulnerabilities, framing him as a peril to democracy following his controversial attempts to contest the 2020 election outcome.

Amidst the political spectacle, Trump faces mounting legal challenges, including criminal charges and civil suits potentially amounting to over $500 million in fines. A significant development in New York, where his first criminal trial on charges of falsifying business records to conceal hush money payments was scheduled to commence, was postponed for 30 days due to the emergence of new evidence, granting his legal team additional time for review.

As the primary contests unfold and the electoral landscape evolves, the nation braces for the intensifying battle between incumbent President Biden and his predecessor-turned-foe, Donald Trump, each vying to shape the trajectory of American politics for years to come.