October 3, 2022

Four takeaways from the Wisconsin, Vermont and Minnesota primaries


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Donald Trump On that day tuesday Once again he demonstrated his control over the GOP’s open field PrincipalsAs the former President’s chosen candidate has won WisconsinThe Republican primary for governor is up against a challenger backed by former Vice President Mike Pence and much of the party’s establishment in the battleground state.

In MinnesotaMeanwhile, a member of the progressive “team,” Rep. Ilhan Omar survived a surprisingly close race for his Minneapolis-based House seat.

In VermontState Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint is on a path First woman to represent the state in Congress.

And inside ConnecticutGov. Ned Lamont and Sen. Richard Blumenthal took on his GOP rivals in re-election races that he is expected to win in November.

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Here are four takeaways from Tuesday’s primaries:

Former President Donald Trump Again he exerted his influence Against Republicans on Tuesday, Trump-backed construction company owner Tim Michaels defeated former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleifisch in Wisconsin’s gubernatorial primary.

Michaels’ victory marks the end of an era in Wisconsin: Gleefish was backed by former Gov. Scott Walker, who built a political machine that won three gubernatorial races.

He was also endorsed by the former Vice President Mike Pencewho has tried in recent months to distract the GOP from denying Trump’s election.

The race is a replay of gubernatorial primaries with similar dynamics in recent weeks. In Arizona, a Trump-advised candidate parroted his lies about election fraud Defeated A penz-backed firm favorite last week. And in Georgia, Pence-supporting Gov. Brian Kemp, who rejected Trump’s lies about fraud in the 2020 election, blocked A Trump-aligned rival.

Michaels is now the latest Republican to partially accept Trump’s electoral refusal to win a statewide primary in one of the most competitive states on the map.

In a debate, Michaels left the door open to trying to secure President Joe Biden’s 2020 victory in Wisconsin, saying “everything is on the table.” Kleefisch wrongly called the 2020 election a “fraud” but acknowledged that the government’s certification of the results could not be undone.

Michaels is now set to face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, who is expected to run for governor in November’s midterm elections.

State Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Palint won the Democratic primary for Vermont’s lone House seat. CNN projectTaking her on a path to becoming the first woman to represent the state in Congress.

Palint, backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, defeated Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, a more moderate candidate backed by retired Sen. Patrick Leahy.

As a result the House seat is open Lehi’s Rest. Rep. Peter Welch, who has served since 2007, won the Democratic Senate primary for Leahy’s seat. CNN predicted.

Palint will enter the November general election as a heavy favorite to win the seat.

A former schoolteacher, Palint had the support of other leading progressive groups and politicians. Gray drew the support of moderate state leaders, including Leahy, who stopped short of offering a formal endorsement but said he voted for him. Former Vermont Govs. Howard Dean and Madeleine Kunin also supported Gray.

But in a race that offered few significant policy differences between the leading candidates, Palint’s victory in claiming the progressive mantle — Sens. Endorsed by Elizabeth Warren and neighboring Ed Markey of Massachusetts — among primary voters, likely helped him in the tilt. Even further to the left than the average Vermont Democrat.

The Wisconsin Senate general election has been a delicate process for weeks. But on Tuesday night, it began in earnest.

Republican Senate. Ron Johnson easily won his primary for re-election, while Democratic Senate candidate and Wisconsin Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes won his bid to unseat the Republican incumbent.

The race unofficially began two weeks ago when three top Democrats ran against Barnes Abandoned race and endorsed Lt.Gov.

Johnson vs. Barnes’ race will be one of the most closely watched campaigns of the 2022 cycle. It pits Republicans who have drawn the ire of Democrats for their ties to former President Donald Trump and who has espoused a string of conspiracy theories against a Democrat who holds many progressive positions.

Although Johnson and Barnes were political rivals, they had already begun using similar language to define the other, calling each other “out of touch” and out of touch with the state’s voters.

Wisconsin is one of two Senate seats in this cycle Republicans currently hold the state, which President Joe Biden won in 2020. The state has been a political hotbed since battles in 2011 over union bargaining rights led to polarized voters in the state long before Trump’s 2016 election.

Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar Survived a primary challenge Tuesday, CNN predicted — but barely, and the narrow result would encourage critics of the progressive “team” member to try again in two years.

Omar is running for his third term in Minnesota 5th Congressional DistrictHe fended off a primary challenge from former Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels and three other Democratic primary candidates.

Samuels ran as a pro-police critic of Omar’s calls to “take back the police.” Samuels and his wife sued the city of Minneapolis to force it to increase its police staff to the 741 officers required by the city’s charter.

The momentum, widely seen as a long-term challenge, built after Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey endorsed Samuels last week. He was supported by unions, several suburban mayors and moderate DFL leaders. His close call could inspire another attempt to unseat Omar in 2024.

Umar’s victory Two other liberal members of the “team,” Missouri Rep. Cory Bush and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib also comes a week after beating the primary challenges.