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Primaries highlights Trump-backed Michels projected to win Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial primary

Voters leave a polling station during Wisconsin primary voting Aug. 9 at Riverside University High School in Milwaukee. (Joshua Lott/The Washington Post)

Breaking: Trump-backed Tim Michels is projected to win the Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial primary, setting the stage for a marquee fall race. Michels beat former lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch to become the Republican nominee, the Associated Press projected, and will now face Gov. Tony Evers (D). A wealthy construction executive, Michels sparked controversy for first refusing to commit to supporting former president Donald Trump if he runs again in 2024, and then reversing course.

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Voters in four states — Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont and Connecticut — are choosing their nominees for November as the primary season enters the final stretch and the matchups for the U.S. Senate are nearly set.

What you need to know

  • Wealthy construction executive Tim Michels (R), who had Donald Trump’s backing, will face Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D), the Associated Press projected. Michels beat former lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch, who was endorsed by former vice president Mike Pence and former governor Scott Walker, in the GOP gubernatorial primary.
  • Vermont could make history in November as Democrats nominated Becca Balint for the lone congressional seat. She will be the heavy favorite in November, when voters could elect the first woman to represent Vermont in Congress.
  • In Minnesota, Republicans nominated former state senator Scott Jensen to challenge Gov. Tim Walz (D). Jensen, a physician, has questioned the efficacy of coronavirus vaccines and recently suggested locking up the Democratic secretary of state over election-fraud conspiracy theories.

Understanding the 2022 Midterm Elections

November’s midterm elections are likely to shift the political landscape and impact what President Biden can accomplish during the remainder of his first term. Here’s what to know.

When are the midterm elections? The general election is Nov. 8, but the primary season is nearing completion, with voters selecting candidates in the New York and Florida primaries Tuesday. Here’s a complete calendar of all the primaries in 2022.

Why are the midterms important? The midterm elections determine control of Congress: The party that has the House or Senate majority gets to organize the chamber and decide what legislation Congress considers. Thirty six governors and thousands of state legislators are also on the ballot. Here’s a complete guide to the midterms.

Which seats are up for election? Every seat in the House and a third of the seats in the 100-member Senate are up for election. Dozens of House members have already announced they will be retiring from Congress instead of seeking reelection.

What is redistricting? Redistricting is the process of drawing congressional and state legislative maps to ensure everyone’s vote counts equally. As of April 25, 46 of the 50 states had settled on the boundaries for 395 of 435 U.S. House districts.

Which primaries are the most competitive? Here are the most interesting Democratic primaries and Republican primaries to watch as Republicans and Democrats try to nominate their most electable candidates.