With less than 100 days left in the November midterm election, voters in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington will vote Tuesday in primaries for major offices — and, in Kansas’s case, decide whether the state’s constitution protects abortion rights.
Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the major races to watch:
With Republican Sen. Roy Blunt retiring in January, dozens of Republicans and Democrats are vying for the open seat. On behalf of the GOP, former Missouri governor Eric Grettens and state attorney general Eric Schmidt made headlines for their use of provocative ads to promote their campaigns.
As the polls open, Schmidt is the primary favorite, with Led the fray in the Emerson College election Last week with an estimated 33% of the vote. He was followed by Representatives Vicky Hartzler at 21% and Greetens at 16%. About 17% of voters were listed as undecided.
There are many national Republicans Hope Greitens has taken off of nomination because of his past scandals, including allegations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife.
The GOP nominee will face one of 11 Democrats, including Trudy Bush Valentine of the Anheuser-Busch dynasty. In the same Emerson poll, Valentin led his party’s primary with 39% of the possible vote.
With Hertzler running for Senate, his secure Republican Fourth Congressional District has become one of the most competitive primaries in the state. Seven GOP candidates — including State Sen. Rick Brattin, former St. Louis Blues player Jim “Soupy” Campbell, and retired newscaster Mark Alford — are seeking to replace the six-term Congresswoman.
Far-left Representative Corey Bush is also up for re-election in the dark blue first congressional district and is facing five Democratic challengers, including Liberal State Sen. Steve Roberts.
Out West, former Vice President Mike Pence and former President Donald Trump are locked in a proxy battle in the Arizona gubernatorial race by backing primary rivals.
The two held duel rallies at Grand Canyon State last month, as Pence stumped for Karin Taylor Robson and Trump endorsed far-right candidate Kari Lake. Robson has also received support from incumbent Doug Ducey, who is unable to run again due to term limits.
Trump has also extended his support to Republican Senate nominee and venture capitalist Blake Masters, who will contest against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in November, if he receives the nomination.
It appears that the support of the 45th president had more weight, as Lake recorded 51% of the vote compared to Robson’s 33%, according to a recent OH Predictive Insights Poll, One Emerson College Surveyed Last week Masters found himself leading in the Senate primary with 40% of the vote – 18 percentage points clear of businessman Jim Laman.
Both Masters and Lake have promoted some version of Trump’s claim that he won the 2020 presidential election and only lost to President Biden due to massive voter fraud.
Several House races in Michigan have been rated as a November “toss-up” as Democrats continue to interfere in the GOP primaries. As in other states, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to support the Trump-backed candidate on the theory that the correct primary result would lead to an easy victory.
In the Third Congressional District, the committee is trying to push incumbent GOP Representative Peter Meijer — who voted to impeach Trump last year — out of the race and promote conspiracy theorist John Gibbs.
The move has been criticized by many incumbent Democratic members of the House, who are concerned that it could lead to a larger number of Trump-backed candidates in Congress.
The Republican nomination in Michigan’s gubernatorial race is also on hold, with five candidates throwing their hats in the ring. Last week, Trump finally extended his support to businessman and commentator Tudor Dixon, calling him a “conservative crusader.”
The winner of Tuesday’s primaries will face Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in November. Early voting has shown Whitmer ready to win re-election However a poll by Glengariff Group put Dixon only 10 percentage points behind.
For the first time since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, American voters will have a direct say in abortion access.
The issue in Sunflower State is a proposed constitutional amendment that from 2019 would overturn the state’s Supreme Court ruling that found abortion rights are protected under the right to individual autonomy.
possible modification Reads in part that “the Constitution of the State of Kansas does not require government funding for abortion and does not create or protect the right to abortion.”
If approved, Kansas lawmakers would be allowed to impose further restrictions on access to the process.
Two of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump in connection with last year’s Capitol riots are facing a primary challenge backed by the former president in the Evergreen State.
In the third congressional district, Rep. Jam Herreia Beutler is trying to block eight other candidates, including Trump-backed veteran Joe Kent.
At the time of his endorsement of Kent, Trump accused Beutler of voting “against the Republican Party”.
Meanwhile, the former president has labeled Rep. Dan Newhouse as “Rino” — a Republican in name — for his decision to vote for impeachment. In February, Trump endorsed Lorraine Culp, a former police chief, for the 4th Congressional District seat, saying that he will “always defend your personal liberty, our under-siege Second Amendment, election integrity and law enforcement.”
another house seat that could be to get caught November is in the 8th congressional district. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Kim Schreier is seeking to retain her seat, as are several Republicans – including Jason Jenson, who lost to Shire in 2020 by less than 15,000 votes.
Washington’s primaries are governed by a non-partisan system in which the top two vote-getters, regardless of party affiliation, advance to a general election.