Voters in four states went to the polls on Tuesday night in contests that featured a campaign to unseat the governor of a swing state, a progressive “Squad” member facing multiple primary opponents, and a chance to elect a woman to the Vermont congressional district for the first time.
On Monday, the FBI investigated Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s primary residence in Florida, as part of a review into papers that may not have been preserved as required by the Presidential Records Act. On Tuesday, the primaries will take place.
As a result of the investigation, Trump has begun a campaign to raise money using “Biden’s FBI RAIDS.” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised to react if the Republicans regain control of the House in November after blasting the search.
One of the four states having primaries on Tuesday in Wisconsin, which will host the Republican National Convention in 2024. After Trump won the state in 2016, it shifted to Joe Biden in 2020, making it one of the battleground states. It is illegal, as Trump has demanded on numerous occasions, for state legislators to “decertify” Wisconsin’s 2020 election results.
Tim Michels, a Trump supporter, is expected to win the Republican nominee for Wisconsin governor, according to CBS News. Trump held a rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Friday. At that gathering, Michels promised to dismantle the state’s elections commission. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch received the backing of former Vice President Mike Pence and former Republican Governor Scott Walker.
Donald Trump’s endorsement was a “tremendous confirmation of the stratospheric rise of our campaign,” Michels said in a victory address Tuesday night.
Michels will face Democratic incumbent Governor Tony Evers, who did not face a primary challenge.
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes emerged victorious in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, a Trump friend, as the primary approached.
Despite a close primary race, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, a member of the progressive Squad, was declared the winner. Omar earned 56,392 votes over Don Samuels’ 53,890, whom Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had endorsed.
Reminder: Your photo ID for voting doesn’t need your current address.
— Wisconsin Elections (@WI_Elections) August 9, 2022
Vermont may be on the verge of electing its first female congresswoman. According to CBS News predictions, the Democratic primary will be won by Becca Balint. Senator Bernie Sanders and retiring Senator Patrick Leahy are rumored to have voted for Lt. Gov. Molly Gray in the race for lieutenant governor.
Liam Madden defeated Ericka Redic and Anya Tynio for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.
Peter Welsch, a Democrat, was nominated to succeed Patrick Leahy, who is retiring from the Senate.
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