The first primaries after Ru, abortion placed in the center of the main races

Denver (AFP) – primary mid-season It entered a new, more volatile phase on Tuesday as voters took part in the first election since the US Supreme Court’s ruling repealing a woman’s constitutional right to abortion. shook the nation’s politics.

In the Colorado Senate’s Republican primary, voters choose between businessman Joe O’Dea and the state’s representative. Ron Hanks. O’Dea supports a ban on late abortions, but otherwise is the rare Republican to support most abortion rights. Hanks supports a ban on the procedure in all cases.

Meanwhile, in the Republican race for Illinois governor, Darren Bailey, a farmer and state senator endorsed by former President Donald Trump. Over the weekend, he wants to end the state’s right to abortion except in cases where the mother’s life is in danger. Does not support rape or incest exceptions. His opponent, Richard Irvine, Aurora’s first black major, said he would allow abortion in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life was in danger.

Both races unfold in states where abortion is still legal. Democrats have sought to raise the bar for both Hanks and Bailey, betting that they have a better chance of winning the fall campaign if they are competing against Republicans who can portray them as extremists. In Colorado, Democrats spent more than $2 million promoting Hanks’ nomination. In Illinois, the amounts were significantly higher, with Democrats spending at least $16 million against Irvine and to promote Bailey as a candidate against the governor. JB Pritzker.

The strategy carries risks, especially if the scale of the GOP’s projected gains this fall becomes so significant that Democrats are losing out in states like Illinois and Colorado, which have become party strongholds. But as Democrats face voter frustration with inflation and rising gas prices, a focus on abortion may be their best hope.

“It’s a very attractive goal, to go after a Republican candidate whose office is no exception,” said Dick Wadams, a former Colorado Republican who has worked with anti-abortion candidates in the past. “I think repealing Roe v Wade may encourage more candidates to go in that direction.”

Outside of Colorado and Illinois, elections are held in Oklahoma, Utah, New York, Nebraska, Mississippi, and South Carolina. Tuesday marks the final round of multi-state primary nights through August, when closely watched races for the governor and the US Senate kick off in Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, Missouri and other states.

And while Tuesday’s primary is the first to happen in the post-Roe landscape, it will provide further insight into the resonance of Trump’s election among GOP voters.

In Oklahoma, one of the more conservative senators, James Lankfordwon the primary challenge from evangelical pastor Jackson Lamere, amid conservative anger that Lankford did not support Trump’s election claims.

In Utah, two Republican critics of Trump are targeting the senator. Mike Lee, accusing the two-term senator of being too busy winning over the former president and helping him try to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Mississippi, Rep. Michael Guest, the Republican who dissented from Trump to vote for an independent on Jan. 3. 6 Commission, faces a challenge from Michael Cassidy, a former Navy pilot.

Also in Colorado, indicted county clerk Tina Peters, who was barred by a judge from supervising elections in her home country in the western part of the state, is running for the Republican nomination for the state’s top election office by asking her to be sued for exposing a major conspiracy To steal the 2020 election from Trump. She faces Pam Anderson, a former county writer and critic of Trump’s election lies, for nomination to challenge Democratic Secretary of State Gina Griswold in November.

Republicans are concerned that Peters, who is being tried by the Republican attorney general for her role in a security breach in her county’s election system, may pull the ticket completely if she becomes the nominee. The Republican Party has lost nearly every state race since 2014, but it hopes the public’s disappointment with President Joe Biden will give them a chance.

“There is a huge risk to Republicans on June 28,” said Waddams. “Lots of opportunities, but also lots of risks.”

Other GOP opportunities in the state come in the swing seat of the newly created Congress north of Denver, where four Republican candidates are vying to face the state’s representative. Yadira Caravio, the only Democrat who participated in the primaries. Heidi Janal, the only state-elected Republican as a member of the University of Colorado’s Board of Regents, faces off against former suburban Denver major Greg Lopez, in the race for the Republican nomination to face the Democratic governor. Jared Police.

Also in Colorado, Firebrand Rib. Lauren Poubert Faces a moderate condition Monday. Don Coram in the Republican primary in the western part of the state. In Colorado Springs, Republican Rep. Doug Lamborne, who is facing regular initial challenges, this time counters the state representative. Dave Williams, who failed to get the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon,” the symbol of obscenity against President Joe Biden, added to his official name on the ballot.

Other than the primary race for governor, Illinois is also distinguished by the presence of two rare incumbents as opposed to the two incumbents. The current congressional primaries are a result of the House redistricting during last year’s redistricting. Democratic Representatives. Sean Kasten and Mary Newman will compete for a seat in the Chicago area. Representative of the Republican Party. Rodney Davis, one of the last moderates in the Republican caucus, faces a Trump-backed lawmaker. Mary Miller, who at a rally with the former president this weekend called the Supreme Court’s decision “a victory for white life.” Her spokesperson said she meant to say “the right to life.”

In smaller cities in Illinois, conservative voters have been eager for change. Tony Block, 80, of McHenry, about 45 miles northwest of Chicago, voted for Bailey in the gubernatorial primary.

“He’s got all the good stuff we need to get back in,” Block said. Not only is he a Trump supporter, he has our values.

In New York, the Democratic governor. Kathy Hochhol, who became the state’s chief executive last fall when Andrew Cuomo resigned during a sexual harassment scandal, is resisting fundamental challenges from the left and center. New York City’s elected attorney general, Juman Williams, maintains that Hochul was not sufficiently active in progressive cases while the Long Island Rep. Tom Suzzi criticizes her for being too liberal in crime.

For the Republican side, Rep. Lee Zeldin is the front-runner in a crowded gubernatorial field that includes Andrew Giuliani, son of Rudolph Giuliani, a former New York major and close friend of Trump. Trump did not get an endorsement in the race.

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Associated Press writer Sarah Burnett in Chicago and Claire Savage in McHenry, Illinois contributed to this report.

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