Four takeaways from the Kansas, Michigan and Missouri primaries

Kansas voters have chosen to protect abortion rights in their state. The political comeback of a former Missouri governor has been cut short. And the matchup in what will be one of the major gubernatorial races this fall has been set.

Kansas voters sent a dramatic message on Tuesday, choosing to keep the right to an abortion in their state constitution just weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court decided to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Polls have long shown that voters overwhelmingly support protecting abortion rights. But the victory of the “no” vote in Kansas is proof of that and signals that the Supreme Court’s ruling has further angered voters and possibly changed the politics of the issue ahead of the November election.

The “no” leaves the state constitution unchanged. While state lawmakers can always try to pass restrictive abortion laws, Kansas courts have recognized the right to abortion under the state constitution.

The biggest warning to Republicans, many of whom have trumpeted the Roe reversal and the sustained push to pass tougher abortion laws, is perhaps the turnout in Kansas. With 78% of the vote on Tuesday night, nearly 700,000 people voted in the primary, a figure that already eclipses the turnout for the 2020 presidential primary.

“This is further proof of what poll after poll has told us: Americans support abortion rights,” said Christina Reynolds, a senior official at Emily’s List, an organization that seeks to elect women. who support abortion rights. “They think we should be able to make our own health care decisions, and they will vote accordingly, even in the face of misleading campaigns.”

Greitens comeback attempt falls flat

Missouri Republicans breathed a sigh of relief after State Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the open Senate primary, according to a CNN projection.

Perhaps more important than who won, however, in the dark red state is who lost: Disgraced former governor Eric Greitens, who was attempt a political comeback. Greitens quit in 2018 amid a sex scandal and an accusation of campaign misconduct, and later faced allegations of abuse by his ex-wife, which he denied

Schmitt, the attorney general, emerged from a packed field that included two members of Congress, Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long.

Former President Donald Trump stayed out of the race, issuing a tongue-in-cheek statement supporting ‘Eric’ on the eve of primary – leaving it up to voters to interpret whether that meant Schmitt or Greitens.

Dixon’s victory in Michigan governor’s race sets up referendum on Covid policies

Tudor Dixonthe Trump-endorsed conservative commentator in the final days of the race and backed by large factions of Michigan’s Republican establishment won the state’s GOP primary to face Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, CNN projected.
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The Michigan showdown could be one of the most competitive gubernatorial races in the nation.

Whitmer has cast herself as a bulwark for abortion rights in a state where Republicans have sought to enforce a 1931 law that would impose a near-total ban on abortion.

Dixon, meanwhile, called the race in her victory speech on Tuesday night a referendum on restrictions imposed by Whitmer during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dixon, a mother of four who is supported by the family of former education secretary Betsy DeVos, is also an advocate for school choice – potentially positioning education as a key issue in the mid-term election. – November mandate.

Progressives suffer another defeat in Michigan

Rep. Haley Stevens’ predicted Democratic primary victory in Michigan Newly drawn 11th congressional district on his compatriot Rep. Andy Levin scores another blow against the progressives in what has been a rather disappointing primary season.

It’s also a resounding victory for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and its super PAC, United Democracy Project, which has spent millions supporting moderate and more staunchly pro-Israel candidates in the Democratic primaries.

Stevens and Levin both support Israel, but Levin — who is Jewish — has been more willing to criticize his government’s treatment of Palestinians and is the main sponsor of the Two-State Solution Act.

Progressive Democrats, frequently targeted by AIPAC spending this primary season, have railed against fellow Democrats for accepting or courting the group’s support, which has also contributed to Republican Holocaust deniers. AIPAC has defended the practice, arguing that its political goals need bipartisan support.

J Street, a pro-Israel liberal group that has opposed AIPAC, tried to spur Levin with a $700,000 ad buy in July, but that sum pales in comparison to the millions provided by AIPAC and to more than 4 million dollars spent by the UDP.

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