Many candidates who believe Donald Trump won the 2020 US presidential election and are supported by him have won the closely watched primaries.
That primary election decided who would stand for the Republican Party in midterm votes in November and were held in five states.
In Michigan, Peter Meijer, one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump last year, lost to John Gibbs, a former Trump administration official who parted ways with the former president’s endorsement and pleaded guilty to theft. Adopted his false claims of election.
Mr Meijer, who is in his first term, became the second member of the Republican House ousted in the primary after backing Mr Trump’s impeachment for inciting a riot with false claims of a stolen election.
In Arizona, state legislator Mark Finchem — part of a national coalition of far-right candidates who baselessly reject the 2020 election results and want to oversee the vote in 2024 — wins the Republican nomination for secretary of state. was estimated.
Blake Masters, the first-time candidate who spent most of his career in Silicon Valley as tech billionaire Peter Thiel’s protege and said he thinks Trump won in 2020, is projected to win the Republican nomination for the US Senate in the state. was. Both had the support of Trump.
Former TV news anchor Kari Lake, a third Arizona candidate backed by Trump, was in a close race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
In close competition was Karin Taylor Robson, who has the backing of Republicans, who shrugged off Trump’s pressure to interfere in the 2020 election – including former Vice President Mike Pence.
And in Missouri, Attorney General Eric Schmidt won his state’s GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate—a relief to Republicans, who feared his scandal-stricken rival Eric Greetens would jeopardize an otherwise safely red seat. would become a wider political problem for the party.
Schmidt backed a Texas-led lawsuit that sought to overturn Trump’s 2020 election results in four major states. Mr Trump issued an unusual endorsement on the eve of the primary, declaring support for “ERIC,” the first name shared by two rival candidates.
State and federal races in these states, as well as Kansas and Washington state, began a final series of intraparty competitions before the midterms that would determine Congress’s control in the autumn.
It was unclear what Tuesday’s primaries would reveal about the impact of Trump and his views, with major contests yet to be settled.
Two other Republicans who voted to impeach Trump – Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse in Washington state – were also hoping to deter Trump-backed challengers who baselessly reject the 2020 results.
Mr Trump’s record in this year’s primary season has been mixed, with voters in some states embracing his favorite candidates and others rejecting him. In the voting held on Tuesday, candidates supporting him adopted his belligerent style.
As she lagged behind in the early results, Ms Lake greeted supporters on stage, where she sought to claim victory and continue her attacks on Arizona’s election systems. When she took office, she told hundreds of people gathered that she would improve the way Arizonans vote. “There is no way for my opponent to win and we have won this race,” she told cheering supporters.
At the bottom of the ballot, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers lost to former state senator David Farnsworth in the GOP primary for the state Senate district. Mr Bowers says Mr Trump lost the election, while Mr Farnsworth says he is confident he didn’t.
Mr Bowers also testified on Capitol Hill about efforts by Mr Trump and his allies to pressure him to undo a close defeat in Arizona.
Some Republicans fear Trump’s choice on the battlefield could undermine his party’s prospects in November, as they capitalize on concerns about low approval ratings, rising inflation and guilt for US President Biden.
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