Trump’s defeat in those battleground states two years ago sowed anger on the right and turned Republican primary campaigns up and down the ballot into referendums over his election lies. The former president’s allies have sought crucial checks and balances offices in Washington and state governments, where the GOP hopes to gain control of the electoral apparatus ahead of the 2024 presidential race.
With his loss to former Trump administration official John Gibbs, Meijer becomes the second of the so-called “impeachment 10” to lose re-election after South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice lost to a challenger backed by Trump in June.
Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, perhaps the most prominent House Republican to vote for impeachment due to her role as vice chair of the House select committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021, faces a opponent backed by Trump later this month.
One of 10 impeachments – California Rep. David Valadao – survived earlier this year, qualifying for November’s election in the Golden State’s two major systems, while four of the Republicans who voted for the impeachment won’t stand. not stand for re-election.
Dixon will face Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who is seeking a second term. Whitmer is a key part of the Democratic bulwark against Republican power in Michigan, where the GOP controls both legislative houses.
Senate primaries set for crucial fall showdowns
In Missouri, State Attorney General Eric Schmitt will win the GOP Senate nomination, CNN projects. His victory is a relief to National Party leaders anxious for former Governor Eric Greitens to win and then lose November’s general election. Greitens had quit in 2018 amid a sex scandal and accusations of campaign misconduct and more recently faced allegations of abuse at the hands of his ex-wife, which he denied .
Schmitt and Greitens shared an 11th-hour endorsement of Trump, who said Monday he backed ‘Eric’ and left it up to voters to decide which one, though both candidates immediately tried to claim the endorsement for themselves. themselves.
Echoing a promise from Greitens, Schmitt – which was approved by the senses. Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah – said last week he would not support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for leadership.
While Trump hedged his bets, junior state senator Josh Hawley suffered a loss after backing Rep. Vicky Hartzler. One of two members of Congress seeking nomination, she criticized Trump in the aftermath of Jan. 6 but still voted against presidential vote certification and touted her voting record with Trump on the trail.
In Arizona, Republicans are still waiting to see who will face Democratic Senator Mark Kelly. The crowded Republican field had been dominated by election deniers. Blake Masters, a sidekick to Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, was Trump’s choice in this race. He took on businessman Jim Lamon, who piled cash in a partisan ‘audit’ of 2020 results in Maricopa County and state Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who recently rendered a report debunking a popular right-wing myth around “dead voters” but has mixed its defenses of state electoral integrity with indulgences from conspiratorial activists.
A proxy war in Arizona between Trump and Pence
The race to succeed Republican Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has split the party, with Ducey and former Vice President Mike Pence endorsing Karrin Taylor Robson and Trump backing former TV reporter Kari Lake, whose campaign was fueled by the former president’s election lies.
On the ballot in Arizona, the front-runner for the GOP nomination for secretary of state — and the chance to lead the state’s next round of elections — was Trump-backed state Rep. Mark Finchem, who attended the January 6, 2021, rally in Washington. Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs will win the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, CNN projects.
Moderate prevails in member-to-member primary
Besides the GOP drama in Michigan’s 3rd District, meanwhile, in Michigan’s 11th Congressional District, Rep. Haley Stevens will defeat fellow Democratic Rep. Andy Levin, CNN Projects, in an incumbent clash that was the final chapter. of a proxy struggle between moderates and progressives.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) had backed Stevens, and his new super PAC, United Democracy Project, has spent more than $4 million bolstering his bid. The UDP spending, along with the AIPAC rally, prompted another pro-Israel group, the liberal J Street, to intervene on Levin’s behalf, dumping $700,000 in a July ad buy for him.
This story has been updated with additional developments.