Tuesday’s primary elections are shaping up to be among the most consequential in the 2022 cycle.
The latest primaries featured contests in Arizona and Michigan, which were ground zero in former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election. A referendum on abortion in Kansas also drew nationwide attention.
- Abortion rights drove turnout and a stunning upset for anti-abortion advocates in conservative Kansas. Even in heavily red districts where former President Donald Trump held double-digit margins in 2016 and 2020, voters overwhelmingly chose to protect abortion rights.
- Trump-backed candidates pulled ahead in Arizona’s GOP primaries, showing, if early election results hold, a sign of the sway the former president still has over Republicans in the state.
- In Michigan, Trump-backed Tudor Dixon won the GOP gubernatorial primary and will face Democratic incumbent Gretchen Whitmer in the fall. A close contest between incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer and GOP challenger John Gibbs underscores the struggle in the party between Republican establishment candidates and those endorsed by Trump.
While there are some that are in tune with just how much danger our democracy is in right now, I’m not sure if enough of America is woke enough. The battle lines have been clearly drawn around the midterm elections this November. If you’d like to read the rest of this article over at USA TODAY just click the button below.