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What Are Americans Voting On In The Upcoming Primaries?

Ballot boxes will close later today for the primaries happening in five states across the US on this fine Tuesday, with voters in Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington making decisions determining what will appear on their ballots in the November 2022 midterm elections. The outcome of these elections could shift based on the most recent hearings regarding the January 6th capitol riots, with some Republican candidates losing faith in former President Donald Trump with his various election conspiracy crimes coming to light through staff testimony.

Donald Trump has publicly endorsed 24 GOP candidates, and so far it seems like those who are backed by Trump continue to lead the polls, such as Jim Lamon and Blake Masters, both running for Senate in Arizona. However, considering that Lamon and Masters are both vocal election deniers, meaning they deny that Joe Biden actually won the 2020 election, Republican voters who may not trust Donald Trump anymore could have a difficult decision to make. In Michigan and Washington, Representatives Peter Meijer, Jaime Herrera Beutler, and Dan Newhouse currently stand as the Republican outliers who all voted to impeach Trump over the Jan. 6th insurrection, begging the question of whether anti-Trump Republicans stand a change at reelection. 

Former Governor of Missouri, the disgraced Eric Greitens who resigned from his position in 2018 amidst claims of sexual misconduct and domestic violence, is now vying for a seat in the Senate following the retirement of Roy Blunt. Despite the incriminating allegations from four years ago, Greitens remains the top Republican candidate for the Missouri Senate; however, Democrats may actually have a shot at securing the nomination, with the potential Democratic candidate joining Republican Josh Hawley in the Senate this fall. 

The most important feature on the Kansas primary ballot concerns the overturning of Roe v. Wade, with NPR reporting that “voters will decide whether to change the state constitution to potentially allow the legislature to further restrict or ban abortion.” Women across the state have urged those voting to protect a woman’s right to choose, with one resident sharing how she is three months pregnant and terrified for her safety if there was a complication in her pregnancy, with Kansas laws prohibiting her from receiving an abortion to save her own life. 

As the polls close later tonight, Americans must keep an eye out on these five states, with many potential House of Representative and Senate nominations still incredibly uncertain; the outcome of these primaries could potentially change the current Trump-centered track of the GOP, and hopefully shift our nation back onto a track of progress rather than regress. 

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