Factbox: Key races in the midterm primary elections in Arizona, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri and Washington
Aug 3 (Reuters) – Voters in Arizona, Michigan, Kansas, Missouri and Washington have chosen candidates for the U.S. Congress, governor and other posts as efforts by former President Donald Trump to maintain his dominance over the Republican Party were once again put to the test. Read more
Here are the main primary races to watch:
3RD MICHIGAN CONGRESS DISTRICT
Former Trump administration official John Gibbs defeated incumbent U.S. Representative Peter Meijer for the Republican nomination. Meijer was one of 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives to vote for Trump’s second impeachment.
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Gibbs won with Trump’s backing and will face Democrat Hillary Scholten in November’s general election.
Meijer, a moderate, was seeking a second term in a district Democrats see as a potential revival. The House Democrats’ campaign arm angered some supporters by running ads promoting Gibbs, who is seen as an easier target in November.
GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA
Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who has built a national profile by vehemently denying Trump voter fraud allegations, easily beat Marco Lopez, a former Obama administration official and former mayor of Nogales , in the Democratic primary race for governor.
On the Republican side, candidates include former news anchor Kari Lake, who is endorsed by Trump and has echoed his false claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent. His main rival is developer Karrin Taylor Robson, who is backed by several establishment Republicans, including former Trump Vice President Mike Pence and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.
VOTE ON ABORTION IN KANSAS
According to projections by Edison Research, Kansas voters publicly said they overwhelmingly support the state constitution’s protection of abortion rights.
The defeat of a proposed constitutional amendment declaring such a right does not exist marked the first statewide election test of abortion rights since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled. quashed Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Had anti-abortion forces prevailed, the ballot issue would have overturned a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling that established the right to abortion in Kansas.
MISSOURI UNITED STATES SENATE
Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the state party nomination to run for the US Senate, beating Eric Greitens, the former governor who resigned in disgrace after sexual assaults and fundraising fraud scandals campaigns.
Schmitt’s victory came as a relief to many establishment Republicans who feared losing the seat if Greitens were nominated to replace incumbent Republican Senator Roy Blunt.
US Representative Vicky Hartzler was also in the running for her party’s nomination.
A day before the vote, Trump said in a statement that he supported “Eric,” declining to say whether he supported Greitens or Schmitt.
GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN
Tudor Dixon, a former steel industry businesswoman and conservative commentator who was endorsed by Trump and echoed the ex-president’s false allegations of voter fraud, prevailed over a group of Republican primary candidates in the governorship of Michigan, projected Edison Research.
Dixon will now face Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, whose aggressive approach to closing businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic has made her a prime target for conservatives.
The chaotic Republican primary saw several candidates disqualified after a scandal involving forged signatures on petitions to be on the ballot. In June, the FBI arrested candidate Ryan Kelley, a real estate broker, on misdemeanor charges stemming from the attack on the US Capitol, although he continued to campaign.
GOVERNOR OF KANSAS
Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who had Trump’s endorsement, defeated an underfunded opponent in the Republican contest. He will challenge incumbent Democratic Governor Laura Kelly, who is among the most vulnerable Democratic governors, in November.
UNITED STATES SENATE FROM ARIZONA
Blake Masters, a former tech executive who backed Trump’s bogus fraud allegations, secured the Republican nomination in the Senate race, the Associated Press said. He will face Senator Mark Kelly, considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic incumbents. Masters has Trump’s endorsement and the backing of tech billionaire Peter Thiel.
ARIZONA SECRETARY OF STATE
Trump-endorsed state Rep. Mark Finchem, who was present at the Jan. 6, 2021 rally that preceded the attack on the U.S. Capitol and embraced Trump’s stolen campaign demands, prevailed in the Republican primary. The Democratic contest pits former Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes against House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding.
3RD WASHINGTON STATE CONGRESS DISTRICT
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, one of 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump in 2021, faces a primary challenge from Joe Kent, a former Green Berets officer who was endorsed by Trump. Herrera Beutler has held the seat since 2010.
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Reporting by Joseph Axe, Moira Warburton, Gabriella Borter and Richard Cowan, Editing by Ross Colvin, Alistair Bell and Cynthia Osterman
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