Voters in Missouri, Arizona, Michigan, Washington, Kansas and Ohio headed to the polls on Tuesday to retest the resolve of former President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) campaign from the East. Several key races from coast to coast are set to set the tone for the future of the Republican Party.
In Missouri, former Gov. Eric Gretens faces Attorney General Eric Schmidt in the Republican Senate primary, which includes Rep. Billy Long (R-MO) and Vicky Hart. Zler (R-MO). Greitens, who has portrayed himself as the real MAGA candidate, was the first candidate nationwide to pledge to oppose Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell no matter what if elected. His anti-establishment aggression was met with the likes of McConnell and the ex-George W Bush Backlash from other establishment foes, such as aide Karl Rove, but Schmidt sought to position himself as a similar — albeit backed by major McConnell-linked major donors — pro-Trump conservatives . The fight for Trump’s support culminated on Monday, with Trump backing only “ERIC” — the former president didn’t specify one of them — all of whom claimed his support meant them. Either win will speak for the future of the party and could set the tone for the start of McConnell’s end, as even Schmidt showed up against McConnell in the closing stages of the game after Gretens took the lead .
In Arizona, Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate Karry Lake shocked the Republican establishment with a brash campaign that rushed in to push Karrin Taylor Robson. The race pits Trump against his former wingman, former Vice President Mike Pence, who campaigned for Robson on the same day Trump held a rally with Lake. Lake appears to have exploded in the home-run polls, suggesting that Trump’s support and her aggressive anti-establishment style could win — and Robson’s loss would be a serious setback for the Republican establishment. Likewise, in the Senate primary, Trump-backed Blake Masters has a huge lead over his main opponent, as Republicans look to try in November at a crucial The event overthrew Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) race.
Meanwhile, Michiganders will choose who will face off against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Tudor Dixon’s favorite on Tuesday after she surged in the polls thanks to Trump’s support in the final days The evening primaries close the deal. Activity. Dixon has a tough road ahead of her, who will have to work hard to Unite the party after a brutal primary and challenge an increasingly competitive Whitmer in November, but many of Dixon’s allies think she can succeed. Michigan voters will also judge the fate of Rep. Peter Major (R-MI), one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in early 2021.
In Washington state, two impeachment Republicans — the House of Representatives. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) – also face Judgment Day. If any of those three lose on Tuesday night, it would augur even worse for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), whose Wyoming primary is in a few weeks’ time on Aug. 16. .
Ohio voters are in the state legislature at the same time, and there could be some interesting developments there. Kansas will also choose a Republican candidate for governor to take on Gov. Laura Kelly (D-KS), a Democrat and the top Republican target this year.
Ohio polls close at 7:30pm ET, Michigan, Missouri and Kansas at 8:00pm ET, Arizona at 10:00pm ET, Washington State voting is at 11:00 p.m. ET.
Follow live updates here as results pour in from across the country.
Update 8:29pm ET:
In Michigan, Rep. Hayley Stevens (D-MI) and Andy Levine (D-MI) were forced to hold their first membership due to redistricting in the 11th Congressional District Democratic primary. choose and confront. Stevens currently has the edge there, but this time swinging back and forth is worth a look.
Update 8:27pm ET:
Trump-backed Derek Schmidt led the Kansas gubernatorial Republican primary with 2 percent to 74.4 percent of the vote. He’s cruising there.
Update 8:25pm ET:
Tudor Dixon, now reporting 3 percent of the vote in Michigan, has widened her lead to nearly 10,000 votes and has 46.8 percent of the vote compared to Rinke’s 23.1 percent.
Update at 8:16pm ET:
The first round of voting in Michigan’s Republican gubernatorial primary now has 1 percent reporting, while Trump-backed Tudor Dixon has surged. Her approval rating is 46.1%, with Kevin Link in second at 31.1% – Dixon leads 15% – and while it’s too early, it’s a strong one for her beginning.
Update 8:10pm ET:
Turnout was extremely low in Missouri today, state officials said:
.@missourissos Speaking of the state’s 4 million registered voters, he expects fewer than 1.2 million to cast ballots during today’s primary.Hear why he thinks it’s tonight @fox4kc, @FOX2now, @KPLR11 and @kolr10kozl. #mole #primary #Elections2022 #vote #morson https://t.co/AC69DloQF6
— Emily Manley (@EmilyManleyTV) August 2, 2022
Update: Our current turnout is around ️17% @GreeneCountyMO Election day is here.
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— Greene County Clerk’s Office (@greenecovotes) August 2, 2022
The August primaries are coming to an end! If you haven’t voted yet, plan to be at the polling place before 7 p.m. so people can hear you. As of 4 p.m., 21 percent of voters across the county had cast their ballots. https://t.co/MGZlN1IDI6#election2022 #electionresult2022 pic.twitter.com/TeylireLqs
— STLCO Election Commission (@StLouisCoVotes) August 2, 2022
It remains to be seen how this will affect the race, but it’s interesting to see how low turnout is despite national political interest and millions of dollars spent.
Update at 8:04pm ET:
The first ballots came from Missouri — less than one percent of the vote — and Schmidt led Gretens by 276 votes to 134.
Update at 8:01pm ET:
According to former President Donald Trump’s team, in addition to his generic “Eric” endorsement in Missouri, he has a number of endorsements tonight, including several major federal and statewide endorsers across the country. They are as follows:
Arizona-01 David Schweikert
Arizona-02 Eli Crane
Arizona-05 Andy Biggs
Arizona-08 Debbie Lesco
Arizona-09 Paul Gosar
Arizona Attorney General Abe Hamadeh
Arizona Governor Cary Lake
Arizona Secretary of State Mark Fincher
Arizona Senate Black Masters
Arizona Senate 07 Wendy Rogers
Arizona Senate 09 Rob Scantlebury
Arizona Senate 10 David Farnsworth
Arizona Senate 27 Anthony Kern
Arizona Senate 29 Janae Shamp
Kansas-01 Tracy Mann
Kansas-02 Jack Ratner
Kansas-04 Ron Estes
Kansas Governor Derek Schmidt
Kansas Senator Jerry Moran
Michigan Governor Tudor Dixon
Michigan-01 Jack Bergman
Michigan-02 John Mullernall
Michigan-03 John Gibbs
Michigan-04 Bill Huizenga
Michigan-05 Tim Wahlberg
Michigan-09 Lisa McClain
Michigan-10 John James
Steve Kara, Michigan State Capitol 36
Rachelle Smit, 43 Michigan State Capitol
Michigan State Capitol 51 Matt Maddock
Michigan State Capitol 63 Jacky Eubanks
Kevin Rathbun, 71 Michigan State Capitol
Angela Rigas, Michigan State Capitol 79
Michigan State Capitol 88 Mick Brick
Michigan State Capitol 99 Mike Hodley
Michigan Senate 17 Jonathan Lindsay
Michigan Senate 22 Mike Detmer
Missouri-03 Blaine Luetkemeyer
Missouri-06 Sam Graves
Missouri-08 Jason Smith
Washington-03 Joe Kent
Washington-04 Loren Culp
Update at 8pm ET:
Polls have closed in Missouri, Michigan, Kansas and Ohio. Results are expected soon.