some states that were battleground states in 2020 go to the polls on Tuesday. – and will be again in 2024. And with Kansas voters deciding, abortion faces its first test at the ballot box since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. whether abortion should be constitutionally protected.
With former President Donald Trump’s influence looming large in some of Tuesday’s primaries, aTuesday showed that for Republicans, Trump’s endorsement is a plus for the candidate, especially among Republicans who say they “always” vote in Republican primaries, most of whom identify as MAGA Republicans.
In Arizona, former President Donald Trump rallied behind his allies in the Senate, the governor and the secretary of state. Arizona was one of the most important battleground states in 2020. went to President Joe Biden. After the election, some Republicans in the state tried to overturn the results, planning to send a bunch of fake surrogate voters who supported Trump to Congress. Electoral College certification, not President Biden’s winning electors.
In November’s Republican primary against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly, Trump has endorsed Blake Masters, who is leading in two pre-primary polls.
Former TV news anchor Kari Lake and lawyer Karrin Taylor Robson are running for governor for the GOP nomination, echoing the dynamic between Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence. Trump endorsed Lake, while Pence and term-limited Republican Gov. Doug Ducey endorsed Taylor Robson. Last month, Trump and Pence held dueling rallies for Lake and Robson on the same day.
Trump also endorsed a challenger for state House speaker distrust His testimony, the culmination of frustration among many on the far right over Bowers’ earlier refusal to support Trump-backed attempts to repeal the 2020 election. elections.which showed in June a . Bowers is term-limited but is running for state Senate. A few days before the primary, formally
This year, Bowers helped block a bill introduced by Secretary of State candidate and current state representative Shawnna Bolick. to enable the legislature chooses its own electors regardless of how the people voted. The former president reprimanded him for his actions and called the chairman “RINO is a coward” and endorsed his opponent, former state senator David Farnsworth.
CBS News predicts that Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who led a packed team, wins the Republican nomination for the open Senate seat in Missouri. Eric Greitens, a former governor who resigned in 2018. and facing domestic violence charges, led early in the race, but two anti-Greitens groups received $11 million.
On the eve of the primaries, Trump issued a kind of endorsement of race,Both Eric Schmitt and Eric Greitens were quick to say they won his endorsement.
In Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, the incumbent is Cori Bush, who is running for office in 2020. has resigned from a long-standing position, faces several challengers. The St. Louis Dispatch endorsed both Bush and opponent Steve Roberts, writing that “too many deeply personal issues are likely to dominate voters’ decisions in a way that is not necessarily swayed by editorial approval.”
Meanwhile, three of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump face primary challengers backed by Trump. Trump took to Truth Social on Tuesday to urge Republican voters to “kick out the slime of impeachment.”
In Michigan, freshman Republican Peter Meijer is in a tight race against John Gibbs, Trump’s former housing and urban development official, in a swing district centered on Grand Rapids, Mich.
In the race for Governor Gretchen Whitmer, CBS News projects Tudor Dixon will win the Republican nomination. Dixon, backed by Trump, was seen by Republican strategists as the strongest candidate for Whitmer. Among the Republicans Dixon defeated was Ryan Kelley, who was arrested in June for his involvement.
“Now we have an opportunity to really hold Gretchen Whitmer accountable for the pain she’s caused each and every one of us over the last three years,” Dixon said at her election night vigil in Grand Rapids, Mich. schools introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And in Washington, the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party. Republicans Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 3rd District and Dan Newhouse in the 4th District face the risk of being shut out by Trump-backed challengers.
Kansas has voted to preserve access to abortion, voting “no” on the possibility of amending the state constitution. It was the first time the state voted on abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Kansas Democratic Chairwoman Vicki Hiatt celebrated the victory for abortion access, saying in a statement, “This result confirms what we know to be true: Kansans want common-sense leadership that protects their right to prevent politicians from making health care decisions.”
In 2019, the Kansas State Supreme Court ruled that the right to an abortion is protected by state constitutional law. Voters were deciding whether to allow an amendment to the Constitution to ban abortion rights.