What to watch as four states hold Aug. 9 primaries

As the dust settles on last week’s dramatic primaries, the political world’s attention turns to tomorrow’s contests, with four states holding primaries – the last day of the 2022 cycle in which there are four primaries. in a single day.

In ConnecticutIt’s been a few decades since Republicans won a U.S. Senate race, and this year’s contest against Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal won’t be easy. Making matters more difficult is a dour GOP split: While much of the party establishment has rallied behind former State House Minority Leader Themis Klarides, a relative moderate, Donald trump threw his support behind Leora Levy, a member of the Republican National Committee, who is much more to the right.

Also worth watching is the GOP gubernatorial primary, where three Republicans are vying for the right to face incumbent Democratic Governor Ned Lamont. The top contender appears to be Bob Stefanowski, who wants a rematch after losing to Lamont four years ago by just three points.

In Minnesota, Republicans are likely to back former state senator Scott Jensen, a doctor who has spoken out against Covid vaccines and condemned efforts to stop the spread of the virus. As part of his statewide bid, Jensen also suggested that he would support incarcerate Minnesota’s Democratic Secretary of State for election-related conspiracy theories.

In Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, Rep. Ilhan Omar is set to win in her Democratic primary, but she still faces a challenge from former Minneapolis City Councilman Don Samuels, who may be better off. known for helping defeat a 2021 effort to replace the Minneapolis Police Department. .

Arguably the most notable — and confusing — contest in the Great Lakes state is taking place in Minnesota’s 1st congressional district, where voters will effectively vote in two elections at once. First, voters will choose a successor for the late Representative Jim Hagedorn, who died earlier this year. On the same ballot, locals will vote in the Congressional primaries for the November general election. The leading contenders in both contests are former Republican state Rep. Brad Finstad and Democrat Jeff Ettinger, the former CEO of Hormel Foods.

In Vermont, the retirement announcements of Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy, as well as the state’s Democratic Attorney General and Secretary of State, sparked a rather intense game of musical chairs. The marquee contest is the Democratic primary for the United States House, featuring Lt. Governor Molly Gray and Becca Balint, the state Senate president pro tempore. The winner is likely to prevail in November – and in the process she will become the first woman never represent Vermont on Capitol Hill.

And in Wisconsinthere was supposed to be a highly competitive Democratic U.S. Senate primary, but Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes’ rivals recently pulled out, narrowing the field to one.

The most competitive contest is the Republicans’ gubernatorial primary, where much of the party establishment, including former Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Scott Walker, rallied behind former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch. Trump, however, has backed Tim Michels, a construction executive who has lost a handful of other elections.

There is also a three-way primary for the GOP in the state attorney general race, with former state assemblyman Adam Jarchow and Fond du Lac County attorney Eric Toney this the latter having recently been caught describing Donald Trump as “dumbtwo years ago. Also in the running, attorney Karen Mueller, who has mainly concentrated on Covid and election conspiracy theories.

Meanwhile, in Wisconsin’s 3rd congressional district, which has moved in a “red” direction in recent election cycles, Democratic Rep. Ron Kind is retiring. There are four Democrats vying to replace him, while Republican Derrick Van Orden, who narrowly lost to Kind two years ago, is running unopposed for the GOP nod.

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