What to Watch in Primaries in Arizona, Michigan, Elsewhere

What to Watch in Primaries in Arizona, Michigan, Elsewhere
Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens gestures while speaking to reporters in Jefferson City, Mo., on Feb. 22, 2022. (David A. Lieb/AP Photo)

Here are among some of the most notable contests in Tuesday’s primary elections being held in six states.

What to watch:


In the governor’s race, former President Donald Trump has backed former television news anchor Kari Lake, who has said that she would not have certified Arizona’s election results in 2020. Lake faces businesswoman Karrin Taylor Robson, who is endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence and outgoing Gov. Doug Ducey.

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is strongly favored to win the Democratic nomination for governor.

Kari Lake
Kari Lake, a Republican candidate for Arizona governor, reacts to the crowd as she walks onto the stage to speak at a Save America Rally in Prescott, Ariz., on July 22, 2022. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)
Karrin Taylor Robson
Karrin Taylor Robson, a Republican running for Arizona governor, speaks at a town hall event with former Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in Tempe, Ariz., on July 29, 2022. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)
Election 2022 Governor Arizona
Arizona Democratic candidate for governor Katie Hobbs speaks to the media before dropping off her primary election ballot in Scottsdale, Ariz., on July 21, 2022. (Ross D. Franklin/AP Photo)

In the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, Trump has backed tech investor Blake Masters as the candidate to go up against Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly in the fall.

The Republican primary for secretary of state includes Trump-backed legislator Mark Finchem, state Rep. Shawnna Bolick, and state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita. The GOP establishment has rallied around advertising executive Beau Lane in the race.

In the state Legislature, Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers faces a Trump-backed candidate in his bid to run for the state Senate.


Republican Rep. Peter Meijer is hoping to hold on to his seat after voting to impeach Trump. The former president has endorsed businessman and missionary John Gibbs, who worked in the Trump administration under Housing Secretary Ben Carson.

Rep. Peter Meijer
Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) speaks during a roundtable discussion with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and other Republicans at the Capitol in Washington on Aug. 30, 2021. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)


Eric Greitens’s political career appeared over when he resigned as governor in 2018, following his admission to an extramarital affair and accusations of blackmail and campaign finance violations. On Tuesday, the former Navy SEAL officer has a chance at redemption in his Republican primary for the seat held by retiring GOP U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt.

Greitens, Attorney General Eric Schmitt, and U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler are the front-runners in a crowded 21-person GOP field that includes U.S. Rep. Billy Long and Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis lawyer who along with his wife held firearms amid Black Lives Matter protests in front of their home.

On Monday, Trump expressed support in a social media post for “ERIC,” meaning either Schmitt or Greitens, without picking between them.

The GOP winner in Missouri, a solidly Republican state, will be favored in November. But Republican leaders have long worried that Greitens could win the primary but lose the general election.

On the Democratic side, the nomination appears to be up for grabs between Lucas Kunce, a Marine veteran and self-proclaimed populist, and Trudy Busch Valentine, an heiress of the Busch beer fortune who has largely self-funded her campaign.


Two Republican House members from Washington state who voted to impeach Trump face primary challengers endorsed by him.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who has been in Congress since 2011, has said she voted for impeachment because she had “an obligation to the Constitution.” Trump has endorsed Joe Kent, a former Green Beret.

 Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) speaks at a Memorial Day observance event in Vancouver, Wash., on May 30, 2022. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian via AP)
Joe Kent
Joe Kent, a Republican who is challenging U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.) for her seat in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, poses for a photo in Vancouver, Wash., on Feb. 23, 2022. (Taylor Balkom/The Columbian via AP)

Rep. Dan Newhouse, a congressman since 2015, said he cast the vote to impeach Trump for inciting and refusing to immediately stop the Jan. 6 Capitol breach. Among his challengers is Loren Culp, a Trump-backed former small-town police chief who refused to concede the 2020 governor’s race to Democrat Jay Inslee.

Newhouse Challengers
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington on Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

In Washington, the top two vote-getters in each race, regardless of party, move forward to November.


Voters will decide whether to approve a change to the state constitution that could allow the Legislature to restrict or ban abortion despite a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling that abortion access is a fundamental right. It’s the first referendum on abortion by a state since Roe v. Wade’s reversal.

In statewide races, Republican Kris Kobach is running for attorney general as he attempts a political comeback following losses in races for governor and U.S. Senate in previous years.

Kris Kobach
Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) follows a rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates with his oldest daughter, 15-year-old Reagan(L), outside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., on Oct. 30, 2021. (John Hanna/AP Photo)


Ohio is holding a primary for state legislative races on Tuesday, three months after its statewide and congressional contests—a split system that resulted from legal wrangling over redistricting.