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Donald J. Trump’s endorsed candidates won in several key state primaries, with one key Arizona contest still undecided by mainstream media.
The four states which had a Tuesday primary with Trump-backed candidates winning several key GOP contests were Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, and Missouri. Trump candidates won over Pence candidates in high-profile races, giving the MAGA movement a boost going into November mid-terms.
Politico, sucking on sour grapes, reported, “Trump’s chosen candidate for Arizona secretary of state, Mark Finchem, has maintained a lead. He’s a poster child for election deniers and could conceivably win in November should he clinch the nomination.”
The 2020 election was on the minds of political watchers, still.
In Michigan, Trump-endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate, a conservative pundit, Tudor Dixon, won in a solid victory, with 40% of the vote.
“I’m going home and I’m pulling out my fishing gear.” Rinke, a businessman, said in conceding the race to Dixon.
In a stunning defeat, Michigan GOP House primary Rep. Peter Meijer, whose first order of business when he got to DC in 2020 was to vote to impeach Trump, lost to Trump-endorsed challenger John Gibbs.
The Associated Press declared Gibbs, the winner with 51.9% of the vote to Meijer’s 48.1%.
Meijer is one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump in 2020, with others in his situation having lost primaries or retired instead of running again.
US Rep. Paul Gosar won with 64 percent of the vote. He voted to overturn the 2020 election results.
Trump endorsed Gosar the day after Gosar’s chamber passed a resolution to remove the congressman from committee assignments for posting an anime video appearing to attack Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden.
In Arizona, the GOP gubernatorial race between Trump-backed Kari Lake, a former TV news journalist, and Karrin Taylor Robson was at midnight still too close to call, with Lake and independent outlets calling Lake’s lead large enough to call for the former News anchor who was endorsed by Trump.
The AZ Governor race was still being tossed around by mid-morning Wednesday, while mainstream media was not comfortable calling it yet.
Axios reported that while the race wasn’t called yet, Lake overtook her opponent:
AZ elex update 🧵: The gov's race is still too close to call but @KariLake has overcome @Karrin4Arizona's initial strong lead. The remaining ballots to be counted are mostly early ballots dropped off at the polls yesterday, which are expected to favor Lake https://t.co/5MJHcyz8pH
— Jessica Boehm (@jboehm_NEWS) August 3, 2022
“The Republican primary for governor is still too close to call this morning, with Kari Lake leading Karrin Taylor Robson by fewer than two percentage points.
Driving the news: Robson opened the night with a strong advantage, leading Lake by nine percentage points after the first results were announced shortly after 8 pm.
Lake gained ground in subsequent updates and took the lead after midnight.
The big picture: Most of the remaining ballots to be counted are largely early ballots that were dropped off Tuesday, which political observers expect to favor Lake.
Maricopa County will post updated election results by 7 pm.”
So even though the mainstream media would call the tiniest lead for Democrats, they are hesitant to call the race for Lake.
Trump-backed Abe Hamadeh was leading in early results in the state’s GOP attorney general primary.
And in the state’s GOP Senate primary, the wire service declared Trump-backed Blake Masters the winner with 39% of the vote, ahead of next-closest candidate Jim Lamon, who had roughly 29%.
Masters is expected to face incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly, among the most vulnerable Senate Democrats, this election cycle.
Kelly’s race and Missouri’s general election Senate contest will be key in determining whether Democrats or Republicans control the upper chamber next year.
Also, in Kansas, state Attorney General Derek Schmidt, who also was endorsed by Trump, won the Republican nomination for governor.
In MO, where Eric Schmidt won over Eric Greiteins, there was some confusion on social media over who the Trump-endorsed candidate was. Just the News reported the story in this way:
“Though voters watched for final results in races across the country, the Missouri GOP Senate primary arguably attracted the most attention, with former Gov. Eric Greitens unofficially finishing third to declared winner Attorney General Eric Schmitt, in a race that Greitens led until about mid-June.
Schmitt will face Trudy Busch Valentine in November, the heiress to the Anheuser-Busch fortune, who won the Missouri Democrat Senate primary.
They will compete for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Roy Blunt.”
The races that were still pending, some of which are seen as a proxy battle for the MAGA movement:
Still pending in Arizona
Kari Lake (Governor)
Abraham Hamadeh (Attorney General)
Mark Finchem (Secretary of State)
Blake Masters (Senate)
David Schweikert (AZ01)
Eli Crane (AZ02)
Wendy Rogers (State Senate District 7)
Rob Scantlebury (State Senate District 9)
David Farnsworth (State Senate District 10)
Anthony Kern (State Senate District 27)
Janae Shamp (State Senate District 29)
Matthew DePerno, a Trump-endorsed candidate, had already won the chance to run for Michigan Attorney General; he was not chosen by a primary vote but is expected to receive the party’s nomination at a convention later in August.
Election integrity candidates have won some high-profile seats while having the backing of Trump’s endorsements. Posters on social media were targeting Pence for his betrayal of the people who gave him one of the two top positions in the free world.
How does it feel getting your butt kicked all across the nation last night? My family has been apart of the @GOP since day one. We’re 9 generations deep and we will never ever vote for you or any of your swamp rats! You and Mitt can keep dreaming! #CorruptMike
— GrinGro (@gringro704) August 3, 2022
The 2020 election is so much still on the minds of voters.