Less than 100 days to go general electionsin 2022 The final rounds of the midterm primaries will come fast and furious over the next six weeks, starting with a busy Tuesday with key contests across the country.
Former President Donald TrumpRepublican Senate influence is on the rise again with GOP Senate primaries, this time in Arizona and Missouri, while GOP House members in Washington state and Michigan face conservative backlash over impeachment of their votes for Trump after 2021. January 6 U.S. Capitol Rebellion.
On the Democratic side, Michigan has several competitive House primaries, including one pitting incumbents Haley Stevens and Andy Levin against a campaign that has drawn heavy investment from rival pro-Israel groups. .
Meanwhile, Kansas will hold one of its first major post-Roe votes, when the state holds a referendum to decide whether its constitution protects the right to an abortion. If the measure passes, state lawmakers are expected to move quickly to enact the ban
Here are some things to watch on Tuesday:
Arizona governor pits Trump against Pence
In the race to replace term-limited Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, Ducey’s handpicked candidate Karrin Taylor Robson faces Trump-backed former television journalist Kari Lake.
Lake built his campaign on lying about election fraud. She called the refusal to lie by her main challenger, Ducey-backed Robson, “disqualifying.”
Robson, meanwhile, also has the support of former Vice President Mike Pence, who visited Arizona last month on the campaign trail with Robson and Ducey, the same day Trump held a rally where Lake spoke.
Pence used his trip to Arizona to urge the administration to drop Trump’s lies about fraud in 2020. elections and look ahead.
“When you get out and vote for Karrin Taylor Robson, you can send a deafening message that will be heard across America that the Republican Party is the party of the future,” Pence said in Peoria, Arizona.
The Arizona GOP can pick a whole list of election deniers
In addition to the governor’s office, the Arizona GOP may be poised to offer a statewide ticket of Trump-backed electoral deniers on Tuesday.
The race for secretary of state, Arizona’s top elections official, also includes former President Trump, who has been endorsed by Mark Finchem, a state lawmaker who falsely claims Trump is the 2020 candidate. in the elections and on January 6. was in Washington.
Trump-endorsed Blake Masters, who is seeking to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, has not only claimed that Democrats in 2020 “pulled out all the stops” to cheat, but also suggested that in 2022 midterms will not be fair. Masters faces other Republicans who have ruled out 2020. election results, including businessman Jim Lamon demonstrating his efforts to fund Maricopa County’s fake 2020 primary. an overview of the results. Another Senate candidate, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, sent a letter claiming to have uncovered election fraud, but did not specify any fraud in how the election was administered.
Trump’s pick for attorney general, Abraham Hamadeh, said he would “take fraud seriously in our 2020 election.” elections and will bring justice to those who harmed our Republic”.
Meijer faces a challenge from the Dem-backed far right
Rep. Peter Meijer, a freshman Republican from West Michigan who was one of 10 House members from his party to vote for Trump’s second impeachment, faces Trump-backed challenger John Gibbs.
Gibbs fully endorsed Trump’s election lies. He claimed wrongly in a debate with Meijer that the results that led to a Biden victory in 2020 were “just mathematically impossible” and said that “there are anomalies there, to say the least.”
The GOP contest in Grand Rapids’ 3rd District is unique in that Democrats have tried to boost Gibbs with ads that identify him as a pro-Trump conservative.
It’s a calculated gamble for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has spent more than $300,000 on advertising in the race: They think Gibbs will be much easier to defeat in November, so they try to pick him up on Tuesday and then turn around and drop him immediately. him as a threat to democracy in general elections.
A pro-Meier group released a television ad over the weekend highlighting Democratic participation in the Republican primary. “Fox News confirms it: Nancy Pelosi and Democrats are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to elect their own handpicked candidate for Congress in the Republican primary, John Gibbs,” the group’s ad warned. “West Michigan Must Say No to Nancy Pelosi’s Candidate for Congress.”
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