Big night in 5 states: Primary winners promise hot midterms

Primaries were held in five states Tuesday and while some races remain undecided, candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump had another resounding showing.

On one of the last big nights before the November midterms, voters in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington awaited the tallies of numerous hotly contested races while Ohio had some statehouse elections. Of those, Trump declared matter-of-factly on Truth Social, “Won all of our Endorsed Races in Kansas and Missouri,” as the Associated Press called races across the country.

As had been reported, the day before the primary the president had thrown his “Complete and Total Endorsement” behind “ERIC” making light of the main contenders for the Senate nomination AG Eric Schmitt and former Gov. Eric Greitens sharing the name. Both had wanted the endorsement but only Schmitt could walk away victorious and to that Trump noted with humor, “Great going ‘Eric.’ Big Night. Thank you.”

Progressives in the Show-me State also saw their favored candidates advance to the general election as incumbent “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush held off a primary challenger while Trudy Busch Valentine took the Democratic nomination to face off against Schmitt.

In Kansas, Trump-endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt won the gubernatorial nomination and will face incumbent Gov. Laura Kelly (D).

Meanwhile in Michigan, incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer (R), who was one of the 10 Republicans to vote yes during Trump’s second impeachment, was routed by Trump-backed challenger John Gibbs to earn the nomination in the 3rd congressional district. He will go on to face Hillary Scholten and he received a congratulatory phone call from the former president.

As for who will face the pro-lockdown incumbent Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), Tudor Dixon was awarded that honor and as she thanked Trump for his support, she took a shot at her competition and her liberal policies stating, “It’s time to elect a real woman in Michigan.


Arizonans were faced with a repeat of the turmoil from the 2020 election as, particularly in Pinal County, issues flourished. RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward issued a statement on these matters late Tuesday demanding the resignation of the county election director David Frisk that read, “During Arizona’s primary elections, the RNC and Republican Party of Arizona’s poll observer program documented and reported multiple failures by Pinal County’s Elections Administrator, including 63,000 mail-in ballots delivered to the wrong voters and multiple Republican-heavy precinct locations running out of ballots. This is a comprehensive failure that disenfranchises Arizonans and exemplifies why Republican-led efforts for transparency at the ballot box are so important. Pinal County Elections Director David Frisk should resign immediately.”

Despite those serious concerns, Blake Masters was able to secure the Republican Senate nomination with the support of Trump and will face incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly (D) in the fall.

Rep. Mark Finchem also carried Trump support into his defeat of three fellow Republicans seeking the nomination for secretary of state. The current Secretary of State Katie Hobbs won her own primary in the Democratic gubernatorial race where she will face the as yet uncalled Republican nominee to replace term-limited Gov. Doug Ducey (R).

To the Republican gubernatorial primary, MAGA favorite Kari Lake remained in a tight race with Karrin Taylor Robson and, after trailing for most of the night, had taken the lead though the race was still too close for a winner to be declared.

In Washington, Tiffany Smiley advanced for the Republicans in the Senate contest and will face incumbent Sen. Patty Murray (D) in November. Joe Kent’s congressional primary against incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) who also voted in favor of impeachment remained undecided at the time of this posting.


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