Primary election: Rep. Peter Meijer becomes second House Republican who voted to impeach Trump only to lose primary

Trump’s choice will earn the Michigan GOP governor’s nod, CNN projects. In Arizona, local election officials were still counting votes to determine whether a statewide slate of candidates who had been endorsed by Trump and promoted his voter fraud lies had won their Republican primaries. But a major loss so far has been that of State House Speaker Rusty Bowerswho delivered moving testimony before the House committee on Jan. 6 about his resolve in the face of tremendous pressure to overturn the 2020 results. He will lose a GOP Senate primary, CNN reported early Wednesday.

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.

Two more – Washington Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse — also faced challengers from their own party on Tuesday, but CNN has yet to predict whether they will qualify for the general election. (Under Washington’s main system, the top two, regardless of party, advance through November.)

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.

Meijer’s primary in his western Michigan district had become a flashpoint in the national infighting of both parties because Gibbs was the beneficiary of Democratic interference. The party’s House campaign arm, believing Gibbs would be a less viable candidate in the general election, ran more than $300,000 in ads ostensibly attacking his alliance with Trump in a bid to propel him into the primary. But this strategy angered some on the left who thought it undermined their broader message against political extremism in the GOP, while raising fears the gamble could backfire if Gibbs makes it to Congress.
As CNN’s KFILE first reported in 2018, Gibbs has a story of conspiratorial and inflammatory tweets and defended a notorious anti-Semitic troll banned by Twitter.
In the Michigan governor’s primary, Trump-backed Tudor Dixon had the backing of former education secretary Betsy DeVos and benefited from the disqualification of five potential candidates after thousands of forged signatures were found on nomination petitions. A conservative commentator who had won the support of prominent Republicans in the state, Dixon brushed off criticism that she was an establishment candidate who wasn’t “MAGA” enough.

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.

Tuesday also provided voters with their first chance to respond directly to the U.S. Supreme Court’s strikedown of federal abortion rights earlier this summer — an issue that National Democrats hope will energize their base at the polls. ‘fall. Kansas voters decided to uphold the right to abortion in their state constitution by voting ‘no’ on a proposed constitutional amendment, CNN Projects. The procedure is currently legal for up to 22 weeks in Kansas, where people from Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri have traveled for services as part of Republican-led efforts to roll back abortion rights.

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.

These are the deniers on Tuesday's primary ballot

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.

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