2022 midterm primary results in Arizona, Missouri, Kansas, Michigan and Washington

Voters in five states go to the polls on Tuesday in some of the states that have been battlegrounds in 2020 — and will be again in 2024. And abortion faces its first test at the polls since the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, as Kansas voters decide whether abortion should be constitutionally protected.

With the influence of former President Donald Trump looming in some of Tuesday’s primaries, a CBS News poll released Tuesday showed that for Republicans, an endorsement from Trump is a plus for this candidate, and even more so among Republicans who say they “always” vote in Republican primaries, most of whom identify as MAGA Republicans.

Arizona

In Arizona, former President Donald Trump rallied his allies in the Senate, governor and state secretary of races. Arizona was one of the main battleground states that went for President Joe Biden in 2020. After the election, some Republicans in the state tried to overturn the results, with a plan to send a slate fake surrogate voters who backed Trump in Congress for Electoral College Certification, rather than voters won over by President Biden.

In the Republican primary to face Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in November, Trump backed Blake Masters, who has a comfortable lead according to two polls ahead of the primary.

For the governor, former TV news anchor Kari Lake and attorney Karrin Taylor Robson are in a close race for the GOP nomination that repeats a dynamic between Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence. Trump backed Lake, while Pence, along with Republican limited-term incumbent Governor Doug Ducey, backed Taylor Robson. Last month, Trump and Pence held dueling rallies for Lake and Robson on the same day.

Arizona Election 2022
A Where to Vote sign directs voters in the direction of the polling place as the sun sets as voters in Arizona head to the polls to vote, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Phoenix.

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Trump also backed a challenger for state House speaker rusty arborswho testified in June at a House Committee Public Hearing on January 6. Bowers is time-limited in the position, but is running for the state senate. A few days before the primary, the The Arizona GOP voted formally censor him for his testimony, a culmination of the frustrations of many far-right members over Bowers’ past refusal to back Trump-backed attempts to void the 2020 election.

This year, Bowers helped block a bill, introduced by candidate for secretary of state and current state representative Shawnna Bolick, to empower the legislature to choose its own electors, regardless of the vote of the people. For his actions, the former president lashed out, calling the President “RINO loose“, and backed his opponent, former state senator David Farnsworth.

Missouri

CBS News projects Attorney General Eric Schmitt, who led the crowded field, to win the Republican nomination for the open seat in the Missouri Senate. Eric Greitens, the former governor who resigned in 2018 and faced domestic violence allegations, led early in the race, but an $11 million publicity blitz by two anti-Greitens groups rattled him.

On the eve of the primary, Trump sounded a sort of split endorsement in the race, throwing his support behind “ERIC.” Eric Schmitt and Eric Greitens were quick to claim that they had won his support.

In Missouri’s 1st congressional district, incumbent Rep. Cori Bush, who unseated a longtime incumbent in 2020, faces several challengers. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch endorsed both Bush and his opponent Steve Roberts, writing that “too many deeply personal issues are likely to dominate voters’ decisions in a way that would not necessarily be influenced by editorial endorsement”.

Meanwhile, three of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump face Trump-backed primary challengers. Trump posted on Truth Social on Tuesday to urge Republican voters to “throw out the impeachment mud.”

Michigan

In Michigan, Rep. Peter Meijer, a freshman Republican in a swing district centered around Grand Rapids, Michigan, is in a tough race against John Gibbs, a former housing and urban development official from the Trump.

In the race to face Governor Gretchen Whitmer, CBS News projects that Tudor Dixon will win the Republican nomination. Dixon, backed by Trump, had been seen by Republican strategists as the strongest candidate to take on Whitmer. Among the Republicans defeated by Dixon was Ryan Kelley, who was arrested in June for his participation in the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

“We now have the opportunity to truly hold Gretchen Whitmer accountable for the pain she has inflicted on all of us over the past three years,” Dixon said on her election night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, referring to the closures. of schools imposed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Washington

And in Washington, the top two voters will qualify for the general election, regardless of party affiliation. Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 3rd District and Dan Newhouse in the 4th District are both at risk of being ousted because of Trump-backed challengers.

Kansas

For the first time since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a state votes on whether the right to abortion can be constitutionally protected. In 2019, the Kansas State Supreme Court ruled that abortion is protected in the state constitution’s bill of rights. Voters decide whether to authorize the modification of the constitution in order to prohibit the right to abortion.

In other words, a “yes” to the amendment would make it possible to vote for a ban on abortion.

A “no” vote on the amendment means that abortion rights would be preserved.

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