DemDaily: Election Results! AZ, KS, MI, MO, WA

August 3, 2022

Voters in five states went to the polls Tuesday. Primaries took place in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington State.

It was not the high-profile candidate contests, or the impact of Trump's influence in the primaries, however, that swept the news of the night. It was the astounding defeat of a state constitutional amendment to ban abortion in Kansas.

The results!

US Senate: Incumbent Senator Mark Kelly (D), who was elected in November 2020 to fill the remaining term of the late Senator John McCain (R), will face Thiel Capital CEO Blake Masters in his reelection bid to a full term.

The Trump-backed Masters secured the GOP nomination with 39% to Jim Lamon's 28.8%, followed by Mark Brnovich (18.3%), Michael McGuire (8.7%) and Justin Olson (5.1%).

Governor: In the battleground contest to succeed term-limited Republican Governor Doug Ducey, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs easily swept the Democratic primary with 72.8%.

The Republican primary between Ducey-endorsed developer Karrin Taylor Robson and Trump-endorsed former Fox news anchor Kari Lake is still too close to call. With 80% reporting, Lake leads Taylor Robson 46.2% to 44.4%.

Attorney General: Trump-backed Abraham Hamadeh (32.1%) defeated Rodney Glassman (23.8%), Andrew Gould (17%) and three other candidates. He will face Democrat Kris Mayes in November.

Secretary of State: Trump-endorsed State Representative Mark Finchem (41%), who is affiliated with the far-right Oath Keepers, defeated three lesser-known candidates: Beau Lane (24.5%), Shawnna Bolick (19.2%) and Michelle Ugenti-Rita (15.3%).

The Democratic contest is too close to call, with former Maricopa recorder Adrian Fontes leading House Minority Leader Reginald Bolding 52.8% to 47.2% (69% reporting).

AZ-01: At 89% reporting, Republican Congressman David Schweikert (43.3%) appears to have fended off primary challengers Elijah Norton (33.4%) and Josh Barnett (23.2%). His opponent will be business consultant Jevin Hodge (D).

AZ-02: The race to challenge two-term Democrat Tom O’Halleran is still undetermined, with veteran Eli Krane (33.9%) followed by State Representative Walter Blackman at 24.2%, Mark DeLuzio at 17.9% and four other candidates are below 8% (72% reporting).

State Senate: Republican Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who incurred Trump's wrath for refusing to overturn the state's 2020 presidential results and recently testified before the January 6th Committee, lost his primary bid for State Senate to Trump-endorsed former State Senator David Farnsworth 64% to 36%.

In the first referendum on abortion rights since the Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Kansas voters rejected a constitutional amendment to ban abortion. In a state Donald Trump won by 15% in 2020, and where yesterday's voter turnout was almost twice that of the 2018 primaries, the decisive 58.5% victory for abortion rights advocates holds considerable implications for the midterm elections.

US Senate: Two-term Republican Senator Jerry Moran, who is supported by Trump, easily won his primary with 80.5%, and will be challenged by former Kansas City Mayor Mark Holland, who won the six-way Democratic primary with 38%.

Governor: Governor Laura Kelly, the only incumbent Democrat running for reelection in a state that voted for Trump in 2020, will be challenged by Trump-endorsed Attorney General Derek Schmidt in one of 2022's most competitive gubernatorial contests.

Attorney General: Former Kansas Secretary of State and close Trump ally Kris Kobach narrowly defeated State Senator Kellie Warren in the GOP primary, 42.3% to 37.9%. A third candidate, federal prosecutor Tony Mattivi, secured 19.8%. Kobach will face former police officer and prosecutor Chris Mann, who was unchallenged in the Democratic primary.

Secretary of State: Incumbent Republican Scott Schwab, who has repeatedly rejected Trump’s false voter fraud claims, defeated primary challenger Mike Brown, a former Johnson County commissioner and election denier, 52.2% to 44.8%. He will be challenged by Democrat and community activist Jeanna Repass.

KS-03: Two-term Democratic Congresswoman Sharice Davids, the only Native American in the US House, is facing a rematch against former Kansas Republican Party chairwoman Amanda Adkins, who lost to Davids 43.8% to 53.5% in 2020. The newly redrawn 3rd CD is more favorable to Republicans, however, making this a highly competitive contest.

Governor: Incumbent Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer will be challenged by former conservative commentator Tudor Dixon, who won the GOP nomination with 40.6% to businessman and self-funder Kevin Rinke's 22%. Chiropractor Garrett Soldano secured 17.9% and January 6th rioter Ryan Kelley, 15.4%.

The GOP primary was shaken up in May when five candidates, including some big spenders, didn't collect enough valid signatures to make the ballot. Trump endorsed Dixon last Friday.

MI-03: Congressman Peter Meijer, one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, lost his seat to Trump-backed challenger John Gibbs in the Republican primary, 48.2% to 51.8%. Gibbs will face former DOJ attorney Hillary Scholten in the toss-up contest in the new, more Democrat-friendly 3rd CD.

The GOP primary in Michigan's 3rd CD was one where Democratic groups employed the risky strategy of investing heavily in propping up the Trump-endorsed candidate in hopes of facing a more polarizing, beatable candidate in the general election. In this case, it paid off.

MI-08: Five-term Congressman Daniel Kildee will defend his seat against former news anchor, lawyer and Trump administration employee Paul Junge. In the newly redrawn 8th CD, Kildee is considered one of Democrats' most vulnerable incumbents.

MI-11: In a race where redistricting pitted two Democratic incumbents against each, Congresswoman Haley Stevens defeated fellow Congressman Andy Levin, 59.9% to 40.1%. Both were elected in 2018. Republican Mark Ambrose will take on Stevens in November.

MI-12: Two-term Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, the first woman of Palestinian descent in Congress, easily dispatched (63.8%) with primary challengers Janice Winfrey (22.4%), Kelly Garrett (8.7%) and Shanelle Jackson (5.1%). She is expected to retain her seat in November against Republican Steven Elliott.

MI-13: In the newly drawn 13th CD, State Representative and millionaire entrepreneur Shri Thanedar won the competitive Democratic primary with 28.3%, defeating veteran Adam Hollier (23.5%), Focus: HOPE CEO Portia Roberson (16.9%), John Conyers III (8.6%) and five other candidates. Thanedar is heavily favored to win against Republican Martell Bivings.

US Senate: In Tuesday's most-watched primary, state Attorney General Eric Schmitt won the GOP nomination in the race to succeed retiring Republican Senator Roy Blunt. Schmitt secured 45.7% of the vote to Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler's 22.1% and former Governor Eric Greiten with 18.9%. Trump had issued a last-minute endorsement for "Eric" without specifying which one he was supporting.

In the Democratic primary, nurse, philanthropist, and Anheuser-Busch heir Trudy Busch Valentine won the nomination with 43.2%, followed by Lucas Kunce (38.4%) and nine other candidates that came in under 5%.

MO-04: In the open seat being vacated by Hartzler, former Kansas City news anchorman Mark Alford won the GOP nomination with 35% of the vote, prevailing over State Senator Rick Brattin (21.4%) and cattle farmer Kalena Bruce (16%), followed by four other candidates under 11%. The Democratic nominee is former 2016 congressional candidate and animal rights activist Jack Truman.

MO-07: In the open seat being vacated by Congressman Billy Long (R), who ran in the US Senate primary, State Senator Eric Burlison prevailed in the GOP primary with 38.3%, followed by Jay Wasson (22.5%), Alex Bryant (18.9%) and five other candidates under 9%. The Democratic nominee is small business owner Kristen Radaker-Sheafer, who won the primary with 63.3%.

Washington has open primaries, in which all candidates run in the same primary race, regardless of party, and the top two candidates advance to the general election in November.

US Senate: Two-term Democratic Senator Patty Murray, advanced to the general election in the first slot with 54%, with Republican Tiffany Smiley, a motivational speaker, taking the second with 32% among sixteen other contenders.

Secretary of State: Incumbent Steve Hobbs (D) secured the top slot with 41.2% in the special open primary election to complete the last two years of former Secretary of State Kim Wyman's term. Hobbs, a former State Senator, was appointed by Governor Jay Inslee (D) as interim SOS when Wyman resigned to go to the Biden administration last November.

With 47% reporting, Independent Julie Anderson (12.9%), and Republicans Bob Hagglund (12.4%) and Keith Wagoner (12.2%) are competing for the second slot to face Hobbs in November.

WA-08: Two-term Democratic Congresswoman Kim Schrier appears to be headed for reelection, having secured 49.4% in the open primary, with three contenders, Republicans Matt Larkin (15.9%), Reagan Dunn (15%) and Jesse Jensen battling it out for second place (53% reporting).

Two of the ten Republicans who voted to impeach Trump hail from Washington State, with both appearing to have survived their open primaries to advance to the general election. Final results, however, are not expected for several days.

WA-03: In the nine-candidate open primary for the Third Congressional District, held by six-term Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler (R), Democrat small businesswoman Marie Perrez is leading with 31.8%, followed by Herrera Beutler (24.5%) who is fighting for the second place slot with Trump-endorsed veteran Joe Kent (20.1%). At 57% reporting, six other candidates are at below 16%.

WA-04: With 48% reporting, four-term incumbent Dan Newhouse (R) is leading the open primary with 27.2%, followed by Democrat Doug White at 26% and Trump-endorsed Loren Culp at 21.9%. Five other candidates are coming in at under 12%.

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Sources: New York Times, NPR, Ballotpedia, Detroit News, AZCentral

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