Voters in several US states cast their ballots Tuesday in primary elections ahead of November’s midterm elections that will decide control of Congress.
In the state of Arizona, Karrin Taylor Robson led Kari Lake in the Republican race for governor with more than half of the votes counted. Lake has the backing of former US President Donald Trump, whose support is being closely watched ahead of the November vote.
The winner will advance to face Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, in the November 8 election.
A US Senate seat will also be on the November ballot in Arizona with the incumbent Democrat, former astronaut Mark Kelly facing re-election. Trump-backed Blake Masters led Jim Lamon with more than half of the votes counted.
The race for Arizona’s secretary of state featured Mark Finchem, another Trump-backed candidate who was in the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. Finchem was leading three other Republicans early Wednesday.
Voters in the state of Kansas rejected a constitutional amendment that would have eliminated protections against abortion.
It was the first time American voters had decided an abortion-related issue since the US Supreme Court’s June decision that struck down a longstanding constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy.
In another Kansas vote, state Attorney General Derek Schmidt won the Republican nomination for governor. Trump endorsed Schmidt, who will face Democratic Governor Laura Kelly in the November election.
In the state of Michigan, Republican Tudor Dixon won the party’s nomination to face Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Dixon is among a group of Republican candidates who have endorsed Trump’s false claims that he won the 2020 presidential election.
Democratic congresswoman Rashida Talib won her primary election by a wide margin.
Two other Michigan lawmakers, Rep. Haley Stevens and Rep. Andy Levin, faced off in a Democratic primary as the state lost one of its House seats in the latest round of redistricting. Stevens prevailed and will face Republican Mark Ambrose in the general election.
In Missouri, Democratic Congresswoman Cori Bush also comfortably won a spot on the November ballot.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the Republican race to oppose Democrat Trudy Busch Valentine, heiress to the Anheuser-Busch beer fortune, in the November election for a US Senate seat.
[Parte de la información para este informe provino de The Associated Press y Reuters]