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Primary highlights Schmitt wins Senate GOP nod in Missouri; Kansas rejects measure to restrict abortion rights

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt takes the stage to thank his supporters in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate during his election night party at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet in Maryland Heights, Mo., on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Welcome to special coverage of primaries in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington from Post Politics Now.

Today, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has won the Republican nomination for Senate in Missouri, ending the comeback bid of former governor Eric Greitens. The outcome is a win for some Republicans who worked to defeat Greitens because they thought he was the weaker general election candidate due to allegations that he abused his ex-wife and children. The day before the primary, former president Donald Trump endorsed “ERIC,” leaving voters to decide which one he meant: Greitens or the attorney general.

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Voters in five states were picking their nominees for November in contests that, among other things, will offer a fresh test of Trump’s influence. He has endorsed 24 candidates, many of whom have repeated his election falsehoods, including in key races in Arizona and Michigan. GOP voters will also decide the fate of three of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection, in races in Michigan and Washington state.

Here’s what to know

  • In Arizona’s GOP primary for governor, Trump is backing former television news anchor Kari Lake over business executive Karrin Taylor Robson, who is endorsed by former vice president Mike Pence. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is heavily favored to win the Democratic nomination.
  • In Michigan, Trump-backed candidate Tudor Dixon won the GOP nomination and will face Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) in the fall. Meanwhile, Rep. Haley Stevens (D) defeated Rep. Andy Levin, a fellow Democrat, in a House primary race. The two Democrats found themselves pitted against each other after redistricting, and Stevens was boosted by aid from a pro-Israel super PAC that ran a costly ad campaign against Levin.
  • In Michigan, John Gibbs, a Trump-backed election denier, is trying to topple Rep. Peter Meijer, a freshman Republican who voted to impeach Trump. In Washington state, Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse, both of whom voted for Trump’s impeachment, also face GOP primary challengers.
  • Tuesday’s primaries also present tests for several liberal Democratic members of Congress facing more centrist challengers. Among them: Reps. Cori Bush (Mo.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.).