Four takeaways from the Kansas, Michigan and Missouri primaries

Kansas voters chose to protect abortion rights in their state. A former Missouri governor’s political comeback has been halted. And the match-up in what will be one of the most important gubernatorial races this fall was set.

Kansas voters sent a dramatic message on Tuesday, opting to uphold the right to abortion in their state’s constitution just weeks after the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Polls have long shown that voters overwhelmingly support the protection of abortion rights. But the Kansas “no” vote win is proof of that and indicates that the Supreme Court decision has further infuriated voters and may have shifted the politics of the issue ahead of the November election.

The “no” leaves the state constitution unchanged. While state lawmakers can still try to pass restrictive abortion laws, Kansas courts have recognized the right to abortion under the state constitution.

Perhaps the biggest warning to Republicans, many of whom have berated Roe’s overthrow and supported the passage of tougher abortion laws, has been the turnout in Kansas. With 78% of the vote on Tuesday night, nearly 700,000 people voted in the primaries, a figure that already dwarfs turnout in the 2020 presidential election.

“This is further proof of what poll after poll has told us: Americans support abortion rights,” said Christina Reynolds, a top official for Emily’s List, an organization that tries to elect women who support abortion rights. “They believe we should be able to make our own health care decisions, and they will vote accordingly, even when faced with misleading campaigns.”

Greitens’ attempt at comeback is disappointing

Republicans in Missouri heaved a sigh of relief after Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the Senate open primary, according to a CNN projection.

Perhaps more important than who won, in the scarlet state, is who lost: disgraced former government leader Eric Greitens, who attempted a political comeback. Greitens resigned in 2018 following a sex scandal and allegation of misconduct during the campaign, then faced allegations of abuse by his ex-wife, which he denied.

Schmitt, the attorney general, emerged from a crowded field with two members of Congress, Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long.

Former President Donald Trump stayed out of the race, issuing an ironic statement supporting “Eric” on the eve of the primaries — leaving it to voters’ interpretation whether that meant Schmitt or Greitens.

Dixon win in Michigan governor’s race sparks Covid policy referendum

Tudor Dixon, the conservative commentator endorsed by Trump and supported by major factions of the Michigan Republican establishment in the final days of the race, won the state’s GOP first to take on Democratic administration Gretchen Whitmer, predicted. cnn.
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The Michigan clash could be one of the most competitive governor races in the country.

Whitmer has set himself up as a stronghold for abortion rights in a state where Republicans have tried to enforce a 1931 law that would impose an almost complete ban on abortion.

Dixon, meanwhile, framed the race in her victory speech Tuesday night as a referendum on the restrictions Whitmer imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dixon, a mother of four who is supported by the family of former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, is also a proponent of school choice — potentially positioning education as a marquee in November’s midterm elections.

Progressives suffer another defeat in Michigan

Rep.’s predicted Democratic primary victory Haley Stevens in Michigan’s newly drawn 11th Congressional District to fellow Rep. Andy Levin marks another blow against progressives in what has been a mostly disappointing primary season.

It’s also a resounding victory for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC, and its super PAC, United Democracy Project, which has spent millions supporting moderate, more staunchly pro-Israel candidates in the Democratic primary.

Stevens and Levin both support Israel, but Levin – who is Jewish – was more willing to criticize the government’s treatment of Palestinians and is the main sponsor of the Two-State Solution Act.

Progressive Democrats, often the target of AIPAC spending this primary season, have outraged fellow Democrats for accepting or seeking support from the group, which has also contributed to Republican election deniers. AIPAC has defended the practice, arguing that its policy goals need bipartisan support.

J Street, a liberal pro-Israel group that has clashed with AIPAC, tried to boost Levin with a $700,000 ad purchase in July, but that amount pales in comparison to the millions bundled by AIPAC and more than $ 4 million issued by UDP.

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