What to Watch Elsewhere in Arizona Michigan Primary Elections

In Missouri, scandal-plagued former governor Eric Greitens attempts a political comeback. In Michigan, a crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates includes a man charged with the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol. In Arizona, a prominent figure in the QAnon conspiracy movement runs for the US house.

These are some of the most notable contests in Tuesday’s primary, being held in six states.

Arizona, narrowly won by Democrat Joe Biden in 2020, is a top destination for former President Donald Trump, who tried unsuccessfully to reverse his defeat. He has backed a list of candidates up and down the ballot who have furthered his false claims of a stolen election.

Trump was also focused on the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him about the January 6 uprising. Three of them are on the ballot in Washington State and Michigan on Tuesday, as are two members of the squad, Democrats Cori Bush of Missouri and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

Meanwhile, Kansas voters could pave the way for the Republican-controlled Legislature to further limit or ban abortion if they agree to a proposed state constitutional amendment. It is the first referendum vote by a state on abortion policy since the US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade fell in June.

Ohio is also holding a state legislative primary on Tuesday, three months after its statewide and congressional contests — a split system that resulted from legal wrangling over redistribution.

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ARIZONA

Trump’s backed candidates in Arizona all have one thing in common: They have been loud in spreading misinformation about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, despite election officials and Trump’s own attorney general saying there is no credible evidence that the race is tainted.

In the run for governor, Trump endorsed former television news anchor Kari Lakewho has said it would not have confirmed Arizona’s 2020 election results. Lake faces businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robsonwho is supported by former Vice President Mike Pence and outgoing Governor Doug Ducey.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a staunch supporter of the 2020 election, is heavily favored to win the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Trump backed tech investor Blake Masters in the Republican primary for the US Senate as a candidate to run against Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly in the fall. Masters, whose campaign was funded by billionaire Peter Thiel, has called for a reduction in legal immigration and championed the baseless “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory, claiming that Democrats are trying to “replace Americans who were born here.”

Attorney General Mark Brnovich, another Senate candidate, has been marred by lackluster fundraising and fierce criticism from Trump, who says Brnovich has done little to further his allegations of voter fraud. Another frontrunner is Jim Lamonthe founder of a solar energy company, was a fake voter for Trump in 2020, signing a certificate falsely stating the then-president had won the state.

The Republican area code for Secretary of State That includes Trump-backed lawmaker Mark Finchem, a state official who worked to reverse Trump’s defeat in 2020; Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who introduced a bill that would allow lawmakers to ignore election results and choose their own presidential electors; and State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita, who has long pushed for an overhaul of electoral laws. The GOP establishment has rallied in the running for ad executive Beau Lane.

Ron Watkins, who has ties to the QAnon conspiracy theory, is considered an outsider in his house run. Watkins, a Republican, served as the longtime administrator of the online forums that became home to the anonymous “Q.” The conspiracy theory revolves around the baseless belief that Trump has been waging a secret campaign against enemies in the “deep state” and that a group of satanic, cannibalistic child molesters are secretly ruling the globe.

In the state legislature, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowerswho testified at a Jan. 6 hearing about Trump’s pressure to overturn the 2020 election, faces a Trump-backed candidate as he runs for the state Senate.

MICHIGAN

The Republican primary for governor was wild from the start, with five candidates thrown out of the ballot for not submitting enough valid nomination signatures.

Some of the remaining candidates have baggage that could hurt in a general election against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

Real estate agent Ryan Kelley has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge after authorities said he had rallied Trump supporters to storm the US Capitol. Businessman Kevin Rinke was sued in the 1990s for sexual harassment and racial discrimination — allegations he says are lies. Chiropractor Garrett Soldano was selling nutritional supplements he falsely claimed would treat COVID-19. Conservative commentator Tudor Dixonbacked by TrumpHe has previously starred in low budget horror pictures.

All candidates falsely say there was fraud in the 2020 election, with Dixon, Kelley and Soldano saying the election was stolen by Trump.

Republican Rep. Peter Meijer is hoping to keep his seat after voting to impeach Trump. The former president has endorsed businessman and missionary John Gibbswho worked in the Trump administration under Housing Secretary Ben Carson.

MISSOURI

Greitens’ political career appeared to be over when he resigned as governor in 2018, following his admission of an extramarital affair and allegations of racketeering and campaign finance violations. On Tuesday, the former Navy SEAL officer has a chance to redeem retired GOP U.S. Senator Roy Blunt’s seat in his Republican primary.

Greitens, Attorney General Eric Schmitt and U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler are the frontrunners in a packed 21-person GOP field that also includes U.S. Rep. Billy Long and St. Louis attorney Mark McCloskey who, along with his wife, aimed guns at protesters against racial injustice who ventured onto their private street.

Trump did not support the race, although he excluded Hartzler.

The GOP winner in Missouri, a solid Republican state, is preferred in November. But Republican leaders have long been concerned that Greitens – his ex-wife has also accused him of abuseThe claims, which Greitens has called “baseless,” could win the primary but lose the general election.

On the Democrat side, the nomination between Lucas Kunce appears to be opena Navy veteran and self-proclaimed populist, and Trudy Busch Valentinean heiress to the Busch beer fortune who largely self-funded her campaign.

WASHINGTON

Two members of the Republican House of Representatives from Washington state who voted to impeach Trump face key challengers backed by him.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who has been in Congress since 2011, said she voted to impeach because she was “committed to the Constitution.” Trump endorsed Joe Kenta former Green Beret and conservative cable show regular who echoes the former president’s grievances about the 2020 election result.

Rep. and Neuhaus, a congressman since 2015, said he cast the ballot to impeach Trump for inciting and refusing to immediately stop the Jan. 6 insurgency. Among his challengers is Loren Culpa Trump-backed former small-town police chief who refused to cede the 2020 governor’s race to Democrat Jay Inslee.

In Washington, the top two voters in each race, regardless of party, advance into November.

KANSAS

Voters will decide whether to approve an amendment to the state constitution that could allow lawmakers to restrict or ban abortion, despite the state Supreme Court ruling in 2019 that access to abortion is a fundamental right. It is the first abortion referendum by a state since the Roe v. Calf.

At statewide races by Republican Kris Kobach is running for attorney general as he seeks a political comeback after losing in races for governor and the US Senate in recent years. Kobach, the state’s former secretary of state, served as deputy chair of a short-lived Trump commission on voter fraud after the 2016 election.

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Associated Press writers Jonathan J. Cooper in Phoenix; Sara Burnett in Chicago; Jim Salter in O’Fallon, Missouri; Chris Grygiel in Seattle; and John Hanna of Topeka, Kansas; contributed to this report.

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Meg Kinnard can be reached at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP.

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