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2022 midterm: what to look for in Georgia, Texas, elsewhere

ATLANTA ( Associated Press) — Georgia Tuesday’s primary election takes center stage as Gov. Brian Kempo and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger Try to fight the challengers backed by former President Donald Trump seeking revenge For his 2020 election defeat in the state.

US Representative Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia is testing Republican voters’ tolerance for controversy in her primary. On the Democratic side, US Representative Lucy McBath and US Representative Carolyn Bordeaux are facing Macbath changed districts due to redistribution,

In Alabama, three Republicans are in a tight race for the nomination to replace retired U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby, In Arkansas, former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders The Republican nomination for governor is in the forefront.

In Texas, two runoffs are attracting attention: Attorney General Ken Paxton The land commissioner is trying to stop George P. BushWhile Representative Henry Kueller is trying to stop his progressive challenger In a rematch from 2020.

What to look for in Tuesday’s primaries in Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas and Minnesota:

Georgia

Trump’s desire for vengeance has fueled primary challenges for Kemp and Raffensperger, both of whom defied their pressure to reverse Georgia’s 2020 presidential election results.

Trump recruits former US Senator David Purdue Republicans to take on Kemp for gubernatorial nomination, but Perdue lags in polls and fundraising, Kemp has become increasingly convinced The GOP will forward him for a November 1 rematch with Stacey Abramswho is unopposed for the Democratic nomination.

The state’s top election official, Riffensparger, faces a tough challenge. From US Representative Jody Haise, Who Has Promoted Trump’s Lies That widespread voter fraud or tampering cost him the 2020 election.

Trump’s nominee for the US Senate, football legend Herschelle Walker, is vying for the Republican nomination, although some GOP leaders have warned that Walker will be unelected against Democratic incumbent Raphael Warnock in November. Walker is accused of threatening to kill ex-wifeexaggerate your business record And lying about graduating from the University of Georgia.

Green, a political lightning rod, is trying to shun many Republican challengers. Trump-backed firebrand stripped of its committee functions Last year on racist comments, adoption of conspiracy theories and past support of violence. A group of voters tried But failed Accusing him of helping fuel the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol, to exclude him from the ballot.

In the Atlanta area, an unfavorable new district prompted Rep. McBath to jump in a Democratic primary Against fellow representative Bordeaux. MacBath said his emphasis on remaining in Congress was about fighting for gun safety on behalf of his son Jordan.Who was killed in a firing 10 years ago.

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alabama

Shelby’s retirement A heated and costly primary for the GOP nomination began for the seat.

US Representative Mo Brooks faces Katie BrittaFormer leader of the Business Council of Alabama and former Chief of Staff of Shelby, and businessman Mike DurantKnown as the helicopter pilot, he was shot down and taken prisoner in the incidents described in “Black Hawk Down”.

Trump initially supported Brooks last year but withdrew support After their relationship soured in March, Trump has not endorsed another in the race. The fractured area increases the chances that the race will go on until the June 21 runoff.

Ivey of the Republican Government Trying to avoid a runoff as she faces multiple challenges from her right side,

Lindy Blanchardwho was Trump’s ambassador to Slovenia, and businessman Tim James The U.S. has drawn criticism for Ivey’s support of a gas tax hike and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including a temporary mask mandate and appeals to the public to vaccinate. He also criticized Ivey for its charter school welcoming LGBTQ students.

Ivey has bolstered his conservative record, including signing the law — now blocked by the courts Making abortion at any stage of pregnancy an offense. In a campaign ad, the governor removes a handgun from her purse to note her support for unlicensed concealed carry,

Arkansas

In Arkansas, two-term U.S. Sen. John Boozman Three Republican rivals are expected to face a challenge in a race in which they have to rely on the support of Trump as well as the state’s top GOP figures.

mild boozeman His campaign ads have taken a more aggressive tone, vowing to complete the wall along the US-Mexico border.

Boozeman’s rivals include former NFL player Jake Becquet.who has the backing of a Super Pac that describes the ads attacking Boozeman as not conservative enough, and Jan Morgan.A conservative activist and former TV reporter.

Sanders, former Trump spokesman, He has overwhelming support in his Republican primary for governor. He faces a long-shot primary challenge from former talk show radio host Doc Washburn.

Sanders breaks fundraising records and has focused primarily on national issuesSpots criticizing President Joe Biden on issues like inflation while ignoring his rivals.

Five Democrats are seeking the party’s nomination for governor, along with nuclear engineer and ordained minister Chris Jones The front runner

Candidates are running to replace Republican Gov. asa hutchinsonwhich has been withheld from the period of re-election.

Texas

Texas held its first 2022 primary in March, but the runoff would eventually settle two major races.

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One puts Bush family ancestry on the line: Republican George P. bushJeb Bush, a son of former Florida Gov.has spent the past year posing a primary challenge For two-term Attorney General Paxton.

George P. Bush is the last person in his family to still hold public office and was 20 percentage points behind Paxton in the four-way primary. Since then, Bush’s efforts to bridge this gap have focused on emphasizing Paxton’s legal problems.Including the ongoing FBI investigation into allegations of corruption and a separate 2015 indictment on securities fraud charges.,

Paxton, who has denied wrongdoing, enjoys widespread party support and the backing of Trump.

On the Democratic side, Rep. Kueller’s bid for a 10th term has gone head-to-head in a revived national fight over abortion rights, Her status as one of the last anti-abortion Democrats in Congress has become a central issue in her runoff. against 28-year-old immigration attorney and abortion rights supporter Jessica Cisneros.

Democratic House leaders have lined up Behind Kueller. Cisneros was trailing Kueller by nearly 1,000 votes in March.But Kueller didn’t hit the 50% limit to avoid runoff.

Minnesota

A Primary Tuesday in Southern Minnesota’s First Congressional District The Republican is the first to replace US Representative Jim Hagedorn, who died of cancer in February, a special general election 9 is set to fill Hagedorn’s remaining term in the Republican-leaning district.

Hegdorn’s widow, Jennifer Carnahan, Trump’s supporters are being appealed the most. She was the state president of the Republican Party of Minnesota until she was forced out last August. After a major donor was charged with sex trafficking,

State Representative Jeremy Munsonfounder of a hard right The split from the main Minnesota House GOP caucus has been backed by US censors Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Former state representative Brad Finstad has the support of several Minnesota GOP office bearers. He has reminded voters that he was Trump’s Minnesota director for USDA rural development.

On the Democratic side, the candidate to endorse at the party’s district convention earlier this month is former Hormel Foods CEO Jeffrey Ettinger., His opponents include University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter.Former White House ethics attorney for President George W. Bush.

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Associated Press writer Kim Chandler in Montgomery, Ala.; Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock, Ark.; Paul Weber in Austin, Texas; and Steve Karnowski in St. Paul, Minn. contributed to this report.

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Follow the Associated Press for full midterm coverage https://apnews.com/hub/2022-midterm-elections and on twitter, https://twitter.com/ap_politics.

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