What to See in Primorye, Arizona, Michigan, Elsewhere?
In Missouri, scandal-ridden former Governor Eric Greetens is attempting a political comeback. In Michigan, a crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates includes a man charged in the January 6 US Capitol attack. In Arizona, a key figure in the QAnon conspiracy movement is running for the US House.
These are some of the most notable contests in the primary elections to be held in six states on Tuesday.
Arizona, which Democrat Joe Biden narrowly won in 2020, is a top target for former President Donald Trump, who tried in vain to reverse his defeat. He has endorsed a slate of candidates up and down the ballot who have promoted their false claims of stolen elections.
Trump is also zeroed in on the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him On January 6 rebellion. Three of them are on the ballot Tuesday in Washington state and Michigan, as are two members of “The Squad,” Democratic Reps. Corey Bush of Missouri and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Meanwhile, if they approve the proposed state constitutional change, Kansas voters could clear the way for a Republican-controlled legislature to further restrict or ban abortion. It is the first referendum on abortion policy by a state since the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. in June.
Ohio is holding a primary for state legislative races on Tuesday, three months after its statewide and congressional competitions — a split system that resulted in legal wrangling over redistribution.
What to watch:
All the candidates who support Trump in Arizona have one thing in common: they have misinformation about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, despite election officials and Trump’s own attorney general saying the race was tainted. is broadcast.
Trump backs former television news anchor Kari Lake in running for governorThose who have said they will not have certified Arizona’s election results in 2020. Lake faces businessman Karin Taylor RobsonWhich has been endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence and outgoing Gov. Doug Ducey.
Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a staunch defender of the 2020 election, is strongly favored to win the Democratic nomination for governor.
In the Republican primary of the US Senate, Trump backs tech investor Blake Masters as the candidate to go against Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly in the fall. Masters, whose campaign is spearheaded by billionaire Peter Thiel, has called for legal immigration to be reduced and supports the baseless “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, claiming that Democrats “replace Americans born here”. are trying.
Attorney General Mark Bronovich, another Senate candidate, has been weighed down by a lack of fundraising and fierce criticism from Trump, who says Branovich did little to advance his election fraud claims. Another Top Candidate, Jim LamonThe founder of the solar power firm, has narrated his experience as a military veteran and entrepreneur.
Trump-backed legislator Mark Finchem in Republican primary for secretary of state, a state representative who worked to reverse Trump’s 2020 loss; State Representative Shawna Bolik, who introduced a bill to let legislators ignore election results and choose their own presidential elections; and State Sen. Michelle Uganti-Rita, who has long pushed for an overhaul of election laws. The GOP establishment has roped in advertising executive Beau Lane.
Ron Watkins, who has ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory, is considered a long shot at his house run. Watkins, a Republican, served as the longtime administrator of online message boards that became the home of the anonymous “Q”. The conspiracy theory centers around the baseless belief that Trump runs a covert campaign against enemies in a “deep state” and that a group of diabolical, cannibalistic child abusers secretly run the world.
In the State Legislature, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowerswho testified on January 6 while hearing a hearing about Trump’s pressure to reverse the 2020 election, faces a Trump-backed candidate in his bid for the state Senate.
The Republican primary for governor was wild from the start, with five candidates ejected from the ballot for failing to file enough valid nomination signatures.
Many of the remaining candidates have baggage that could hurt a general election against Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
real estate broker ryan kelly Officials said they have pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges after Trump supporters rallied to storm the US Capitol. Businessman Kevin Rinke was sued in the 1990s for sexual harassment and racial discrimination – he says these allegations were false. Chiropractor Garrett Soldano took the supplements he claimed to treat COVID-19. businessman tudor dixonWhich is endorsed by Trump, has previously starred in low-budget horror pictures, including one involving a zombie biting a man’s genitals.
All candidates falsely say that the 2020 election was fraudulent, with Dixon, Kelly and Soldano saying the election was stolen from Trump.
Republican Representative Peter Meijer is hoping to remain in his seat after the vote to impeach Trump. Former President Has Backed Businessman and Missionary John Gibbswho worked in the Trump administration under Housing Secretary Ben Carson.
Grittens’ political career ended after he resigned as governor In 2018, after his admission in an extramarital affair and allegations of blackmail and campaign finance violations. On Tuesday, the former Navy SEAL officer has a chance at redemption in his Republican primary for the seat of retired GOP US Sen. Roy Blunt.,
Grittens, Attorney General Eric Schmidt and US Rep. Vicky Hartzler is at the forefront of a crowded 21-person GOP field that includes US Representative Billy Long and St. Louis attorney Mark McCloskey. Who along with his wife pointed guns at the racial injustice protesters who stepped onto their private street.
Trump has expressed no support in the race, although he has rejected Hertzler.
Missouri, a strong Republican state, will pick the GOP winner in November. But Republican leaders have long worried that Grettens – his ex-wife has also accused him of abuseThe allegation Greetens has called “baseless” – could win the primary but lose the general election.
On the Democratic side, Lucas Kunsse appears to be vying for the nomination betweenA Marine Veteran and Self-Proclaimed Populist, and Trudy Bush ValentineThe heir to the Busch beer fortune, which has largely self-financed its campaign.
Two Republican House members from Washington state who voted to impeach Trump faced a primary challenge backed by him.
Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, who has been in Congress since 2011, has said that he voted for impeachment because he had “an obligation to the Constitution”. Trump endorses Joe CantoA former Green Beret and a conservative cable show regulars echo the former president’s complaints about the 2020 election result.
Representative Dan Newhouse, a congressman since 2015, said he voted to impeach Trump for inciting and refusing to immediately stop the January 6 uprising. Among his challengers is Lorraine Culpi.A Trump-backed former small-town police chief who refused to accept the 2020 gubernatorial race to Democrat Jay Inslee.
In Washington, the top two vote-getters in each race, regardless of party, advance to November.
Voters will decide whether to approve changes to the state’s constitution that could allow the legislature to prohibit or prohibit abortion despite a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling that abortion access is a fundamental right. This is the first referendum on abortion by a state since the overthrow of Roe v. Wade.
In the statewide race, Republican Chris Kobach is running for attorney general as he seeks a political comeback after losing the race for governor and the US Senate in previous years. Kobach, the former Secretary of State, served as a deputy chairman of a short-lived Trump Commission on Electoral Fraud after the 2016 election.
Associated Press writer Jonathan J. Cooper; Sarah Burnett in Chicago; Jim Salter in O’Fallon, Missouri; Chris Grigiel in Seattle; and John Hannah in Topeka, Kansas; contributed to this report.
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