Six takeaways from Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Arizona and Washington primaries
CNN —Kansas voters handed abortion-rights advocates a massive victory Tuesday, surging to the polls to defeat a measure that would have allowed the GOP-led legislature to impose new restrictions.
While lawmakers in the state can still try to pass restrictive abortion laws, courts in Kansas have recognized a right to abortion under the state constitution.
With 78% of the vote in on Tuesday night, nearly 700,000 people have cast ballots in the primary, a figure that already dwarfs the turnout in the 2020 presidential primary election.
Democrats played a role in boosting Gibbs – a calculated decision that has become a flashpoint, angering some Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans.
Meijer, a freshman, voted to impeach Trump just days after taking office, after the insurrection of January 6, 2021.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, eyeing the seat as a possible pick-up opportunity, spent more than $300,000 on television ads seeking to bolster Gibbs with pro-Trump GOP primary voters by portraying him as a Trump-aligned conservative.
In Washington, two more Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse, were attempting to survive their own primaries.
The Arizona gubernatorial primary was the most significant contest in a set of primaries that tested Trump’s influence over the GOP.
And in the attorney general’s race, Trump’s preferred candidate, election denier Abraham Hamadeh led.
There was also one person who had defied Trump and his election lies ousted on Tuesday, according to a CNN projection: Rusty Bowers, the Arizona House speaker.
Bowers testified in June about the pressure he faced to overturn the state’s 2020 election results from Trump and others.
In return, he was censured by his party, called “unfit to serve” – and now has lost his primary for a state Senate seat.