The interference has drawn criticism not only from Meijer’s company, but Democrats worried that it would undermine their attempts to criticize extremism in the Republican Party and backfire in the November elections.
On the Democratic side, Michigan is home to a few competitive House primaries, including one featuring a pair of incumbent Representatives. Haley Stevens and Andy Levine, pitted against each other in a campaign that attracted huge investment from rival pro-Israel groups.
From now on, Kansas will host one of the first major votes after Roe when the state holds a referendum to determine whether its constitution protects the right to abortion. If the measure succeeds, state lawmakers are expected to move quickly to enshrine the ban.
Here are eight things to watch on Tuesday:
Arizona gubernatorial primaries pit Trump against Pence
The race to replace Arizona’s limited-term state government Doug Ducey, a Republican, pits Ducey’s chosen nominee, Karen Taylor-Robson, against former television journalist Carrie Lake, who was endorsed by Trump.
Lake built her campaign around lies around election fraud. She cited the refusal of her main competitor, Ducey-backed Robson, to indulge in these lies as an “exclusion”.
Meanwhile, Robson is also supporting former Vice President Mike Pence, who visited Arizona to campaign with Robson and Dossey last month on the same day Trump held a rally where Lake spoke.
Pence used his Arizona trip to urge the Republican Party to move beyond Trump’s lies about fraud in the 2020 election and look forward.
“When you go out and vote for Karen Taylor-Robson, you can send a deafening message that will be heard across America that the Republican Party is the party of the future,” Pence said in Peoria, Arizona.
The Arizona Republican Party can pick out a full list of election deniers
Outside the governor’s office, the Arizona Republican Party may be ready to nominate a statewide ticket for Trump-backed election deniers on Tuesday.
The race for Secretary of State — Arizona’s chief election official — also features Trump’s endorsement of election denier Mark Fenchem, a state lawmaker who falsely claims Trump is in the 2020 election and was in Washington on Jan. 6.
Trump-backed Blake Masters, who is seeking to confront the Democratic senator. Mark Kelly, not only stated that Democrats “have all their hiatus” to cheating in 2020, but noted that the 2022 midterm elections will not be fair. Masters is facing other Republicans who have rejected the 2020 election result, including businessman Jim Lamon, who is promoting his efforts to fund a bogus review of Maricopa County’s 2020 results. Another Senate candidate, state attorney general Mark Brnovich, sent a letter claiming he exposed election fraud, Without mentioning in detail any fraud in how the elections were conducted.
Trump’s chosen candidate in the race for attorney general, Abraham Hamadeh, said he would “take fraud in the 2020 election seriously and bring justice to those who undermined our republic.”
Meijer faces a right-wing challenge backed by Democrats
re \ come back. Peter Major, the new Republican from Western Michigan who was one of his party’s 10 House members who voted for the second time to impeach Trump, faces a challenger that Trump endorsed in John Gibbs.
What characterizes the Republican Party’s third district contest in Grand Rapids is that Democrats have tried to bolster Gibbs with ads portraying him as a Trump-allied conservative.
It’s a calculated gamble for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which has spent more than $300,000 on ads in the race: They think defeating Gibbs will be much easier in November, so they try to promote him Tuesday, then turn around and immediately throw. him as a threat to democracy in general elections.
A pro-Meijer group launched a TV ad over the weekend highlighting Democrats’ participation in the Republican primary. “Fox News confirms it: Nancy Pelosi and Democrats are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to elect their handpicked congressional candidate in the Republican primary, John Gibbs,” the group’s announcement warns. “Western Michigan should say no to Nancy Pelosi’s handpicked congressional candidate.”
Trump hedges against the Green Party scandal in Missouri
A little over four years ago, Eric Grettens resigned as Missouri’s governor as he faced an ethics investigation and allegations that he abused her and attempted to blackmail a woman with whom he had an affair. Prosecutors eventually dropped the felony charges.
Recently, his ex-wife accused him of violent and unstable behavior in a lawsuit related to a child custody dispute. (Greitens denied the allegations.)
Now, the former Navy SEAL is one of the front-runners in what recent polls suggest will be a tight primaries in the Missouri Republican Senate, with a field that includes Greitens, state attorney general Eric Schmidt and U.S. Representative. Vicki Hartzler.
Even Trump, with whom the Greens have sought to align, is hedging – presumably because he fears defeating the Greens in a general election. On Monday evening, Trump issued a statement endorsing Eric. ye? On this question, Trump wrote, Missouri Republicans will need to “make their own decisions.”
re \ come back. Billy Long, Missouri Senate Pro Tim Dave Schatz, and Mark McCluskey, the attorney who became famous after he and his wife used firearms from their property to protest police violence passed in June 2020, are also part of a crowded Republican square. Optimists.
Democrats will choose from among retired nurse Trudy Bush Valentine, heiress to a beer fortune. Lawyer and veteran Lucas Konsi; and Spencer Toder in the primaries.
Abortion on the ballot for the first time since the Scotos decision
For the first time since the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade, the right to abortion will be on the ballot.
Kansas voters will decide, through a somewhat complicated question, whether to keep the constitution as is, which the state Supreme Court previously ruled to protect abortion rights — a “no” vote — or a “yes” vote and change the state constitution to determine that the right to Abortion is not guaranteed in the state.
The vote, in addition to being a key to the future of abortions in Kansas, is seen as a referendum on whether abortion policies really changed in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling earlier this year. Democrats hope the decision will galvanize voters to oppose anti-abortion measures.
This will be part of a big election year in Kansas. Democratic ruler. Laura Kelly, who opposed the amendment, is due to be re-elected in November, to represent one of the country’s weakest Democratic governors.
Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who is almost certainly the party’s nominee for governor, said he would vote yes on the amendment.
Whitmer gets its rival
Michigan State. Gretchen Whitmer, who was on Biden’s shortlist for vice president less than two years into her first term, secured her Republican challenger in the primaries on Tuesday.
Trump on Friday endorsed Theodore Dixon, a conservative commentator who falsely claimed Trump won the 2020 election. She is also supported by the Michigan Republican Party establishment, including the family of former US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the state and Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s right to life.
The Republican primary also features many other election deniers. One candidate, Ryan Kelly, was in Washington on January 6, 2021, and pleaded not guilty to four counts of crimes stemming from his alleged participation in the Capitol riots. Retired Reverend Ralph Ribbant said he was “convinced we will discover fraud” in the 2020 election through a “full forensic review”. Chiropractor Garrett Soldano has promoted a movie promoting an unproven conspiracy theory about the 2020 election.
Michigan Republicans are preparing to nominate election deniers for their state slate of office.
The party is also expected to pick Trump-backed election deniers in the races for secretary of state and attorney general. At a convention in April, the state’s Republican Party endorsed Christina Karamo, the right-wing educator and commentator who has alleged witness irregularities in the 2020 election, for the Secretary of State, and Matthew DiPerno, who was an attorney in a case challenging the 2020 outcome, for prosecutors. But those races are not in Tuesday’s primaries. Instead, Republicans will make their choices formal at a caucus in August.
Democratic House occupants clash after redistricting to new district
Michigan’s redistricting laid the groundwork for the Stevens-Levine contest in the state’s newly drawn 11th Congressional district. Both candidates have claims to the seat, although some moderate Democrats have expressed frustration that Levin did not try his hand at the open 10th District.
But the bigger story here has been invigorated by AIPAC’s involvement and spending by the new PAC, the United Democracy Project, the latter of which supported Stevens with more than $4 million in overseas expenditures.
Notably, Israel’s policy was not a topic—hardly mentioned—in the campaigns of the candidates or the advertisements of the competing groups. But Levin, the main sponsor of the two-state solution law, has been more willing to criticize the Israeli government.
Progressives have been scathing in their criticism of Democrats, such as Stevens, who accepted aid from AIPAC, which also contributed to Republicans, including many who voted against certifying Biden’s 2020 election victory. (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) essentially ignored Backlash, referring to the Democrats she supports and saying she cannot achieve her political goals without bipartisan support.
Another well-known progressive actor. Rashida Tlaib, who has attracted less interest from pro-Israel groups, and despite moderate foreign money flowing against her, is the favorite to win the nomination again in the redrawn 12th district.
How important is Trump’s impeachment?
Much has changed in the past 18 months since Trump was impeached for the second time. But two Republican occupants – Representatives. Jaime Herrera Butler and Dan Newhouse – they will face voters for the first time since joining the Democrats to impeach the then-president.
A combination of factors — not just the extent to which politics was left out of the impeachment vote — made Washington Republicans skeptical that both Herrera Butler and Newhouse would be fired: Both outperformed their rivals, the fields are large and divided and the state of Washington is open. The platform allows people to vote for any candidate, regardless of affiliation.
“If the vote takes place a month later (after the impeachment decision), they are likely to lose,” said a prominent Republican activist in Washington. “But given the 9% inflation, given the gas price hikes that we’ve seen, if you’re talking to conservative voters, they may be more interested in the current situation in the country than they were 16 or 18 months ago.”
Herrera Butler confronts writer Heidi Saint. John, who received a payment from Super PAC funds; State representative. Vicki Craft and retired Special Forces officer Joe Kent, who was supported by Trump. While Newhouse faces former NASCAR driver Jarrod Sisler, the state representative. Brad Klippert and Vocal Election Denier Lauren Culp, approved by Trump.
Herrera Butler and Newhouse aren’t the only Republicans’ decisions on Tuesday. The party will also seek to nominate a candidate to face the Democratic senator. Patty Murray. Tiffany Smiley is seen as the most prominent Republican in the race, but Washington voters have not been represented by a Republican in the Senate since 2001.