Primaries: Trump’s pick will win GOP nomination from Wisconsin, CNN projects

Michaels’ team defeat the former Lieutenant. Government. Rebecca Cliffish comes as Republicans look to topple the Democratic government. Tony Evers in November in a critical battle situation that flips from Trump to Joe Biden in 2020.

Michaels, a construction company owner and political novice, won Trump’s favor by inflating the lies of the former president’s 2020 election more forcefully — most notably in the debate within the party over whether Wisconsin should seek to discredit Biden’s victory there nearly two years ago. Kleefisch was widely considered the favorite at the start of the campaign. She spent eight years as a former governor. Scott Walker is the second-in-command and enjoys broad support from the state’s powerful Republican establishment.

Wisconsin is the third state in which Trump and Pence have supported opposition candidates for governor. Trump’s choice in Arizona, Carrie Lake, a conservative commentator and election denier, narrowly won the nomination, while in Georgia he chose Pence, the incumbent governor. Brian Kemp defeated Trump-backed ex-senator David Purdue by an overwhelming majority.

But Trump prevailed in the rubber-stamp match between his former colleagues as the Republican Party finished filling the list of candidates for governor of the five states — Wisconsin, Arizona, Michigan, Georgia and Pennsylvania — that switched from Trump in 2016 to Biden. Four years later. Expected to be fiercely contested again in 2024, the Republican Party’s victories on the political battlefields this fall may help smooth Trump’s path back to the White House if he runs again.

Wisconsin is also home to crucial GOP primaries in the state legislature, where long-time Assembly Speaker Adam Stein faces off against Robin Voss, an arch-conservative who has mostly agreed to Trump’s claims in the 2020 election, who has Trump’s endorsement because Voss. In the former president’s estimation, he was not optimistic enough about the right’s efforts to get the state to relinquish his defeat.

Henceforth, Democrats have been enjoying much the anti-climate ending of what many expected to be a closely contested Senate primary. Government lieutenant. Mandela Barnes will win the Democratic nomination, CNN projects, after his top rivals withdrew within a few days. Those departing effectively secured his nomination and a standoff with the Republican senator in November. Ron Johnson, one of Trump’s most prominent defenders in Washington, is a key target of Democrats who hope to maintain or expand their Senate majority.

Also in the upper Midwest on Tuesday, Minnesota Republicans will choose their candidate to face the Democratic governor. Tim Walz, who is seeking a second term.

Scott Jensen, a physician and former state congressman, had clinched the nomination after winning state party endorsement. But he made it official on Tuesday night, CNN Projects, a walk past the underdogs Joyce Lynn Lacey and Bob “Again” Carney Jr.

Jensen is a longtime critic of Walz, and was mostly against statewide shutdowns during the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic. But he also noted that hospitals overstated patient numbers and questioned the safety and efficacy of vaccines, which Jensen said he had not received.

The race between Walz and Jensen could also help determine the fate of abortion rights in Minnesota. Jensen told Minnesota Public Radio in March that he would “try to ban abortion” if elected, a remark that Walz and other Democrats have already rejected. Jensen, late last month, retracted his more aggressive language in remarks, saying he supports exceptions to allow abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger. But Democrats, encouraged by Kansas’ vote last week to preserve abortion rights in a statewide referendum, are expected to make the issue a key part of their campaign in the fall.
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Meanwhile, the Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, a progressive “squad” member from the state’s 5th congressional district, would survive the surprisingly close primary challenge, CNN Projects, without the mild-mannered Samuels. Omar beat out his well-funded core rival in 2020, but Samuels entered that race with a higher name recognition in the Minneapolis-based district and backed by super-spending PAC.

Voters in the current version of Southern Minnesota’s first congressional district will choose an alternate to fill the late Representative’s seat. Jim Hagedorn, Republican, died earlier this year. The special election in the GOP includes Republican Brad Fenstad and Democrat Jeffrey Ettinger. The winner will almost immediately head to Capitol Hill for Hedron’s term.
But both candidates were also in the regular primaries as they competed for their parties’ nominations in a new version of the district, which was redrawn ahead of the midterm elections. Fenstad, a former state lawmaker and USDA official in the Trump administration, will win the Republican nomination, CNN Enterprises. Ettinger, the former CEO of Hormel Foods, is expected to win easily on the Democratic side.

History in the making in Vermont

Vermont Democrats will nominate the Rep. Peter Welch, CNN Projects, to take the Mon. Patrick Leahy, who will leave his post next year after nearly 50 years in the job. Welch’s decision to run for the Senate led to a rare open Democratic primary for the state’s only seat in the House of Representatives, kicking off a contest that will surely end in a history-making election.

Senate Pro Tempor Chair Becca Balint will win the nomination, CNN projects, defeating Lieutenant Colonel. Government. Molly Gray for nomination to replace Welch in the House of Representatives. A favorite of the fall, Balint is about to become the first woman elected to Congress from Vermont, the only state that has not sent a woman to represent her at the federal level.

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Balint and Gray parted ways for a bit on the major issues, but their nominations split the loyalties of Vermont Sances. Bernie Sanders and Leahy. Sanders and prominent progressives from across the country supported Ballint. Gray got the support of Leahy, who donated to her cause and said he voted for her, though he never officially endorsed the race. Former Governors of Vermont. He also supported Howard Dean and Madeline Konin Gray.

But in a race that saw the candidates themselves at a fundraising level, it’s possible that the influx of outside spending on Balint helped tip the scales. LGBTQ Victory fund invested nearly $1 million in the race for Balint, who is gay. It also benefited from spending from the Congressional campaign arm of the Progressive Caucus, which is chaired by a Washington representative. Pramila Jayapal supported it, along with progressive senators from neighboring Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey.

In Connecticut, there is little danger to the Democratic governor. Ned Lamont or Democratic Senator. Richard Blumenthal. Both of them did not object to them in the primaries.

On the GOP side, former lawmaker Themis Clarides, a moderate, Trump-backed Leora Levy, will lose to CNN projects. Levy, the first-time favorite, will move to face Blumenthal in November. Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Stefanovsky, like Lamont, was lonely on the ballot on Tuesday — paving the way for a rematch for the 2018 race.

This story has been updated with additional developments.

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