Live coverage: Aug. 2 primaries in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington

Live coverage: Aug. 2 primaries in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Washington

August 3, 2022 0 By Ellen Novack

Five states are holding primaries tonight, while Kansas will vote on an amendment to remove the right to an abortion from the state constitution. Ohio voters will also go back to the polls for primaries for their state legislature, which were delayed because of redistricting litigation (primaries for the Buckeye State’s other offices took place as planned in early May).

We’ll be liveblogging the results here and also covering the returns closely on Twitter.

Key races: Previews Cheat-sheet

Results: AZ | KS | MI | MO | OH | WA


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 4:30:24 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

It is now Wednesday on the East Coast, and one of the biggest primary nights of the year is starting to wind down, save for some late vote counting out west and one stubborn big race in the Great Lakes. Let’s recap, shall we?

  • Kansas: The story of the night, as an attempt by pro-life conservatives to empower the overwhelmingly GOP state legislature with the right to regulate abortions in the state failed badly. With over 90% of the votes counted, the initiative is failing 40-60.
  • MI-03 (R): No winner here yet, and this one is getting interesting. Trump endorsed John Gibbs now has a 52-48 lead over Republican Rep. Peter Meijer, as Trump sought vengeance for Meijer’s impeachment vote. Two other impeachment voters (Jaime Herrera Beutler and Don Newhouse, both of Washington) appear to be surviving their primary challenges, at least for now.
  • MI-Gov: This one is set for November, as Republican talk show host (and very late Trump endorsee) Tudor Dixon will take on incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
  • MO-Sen: Another on that is set for November, as Republican AG Eric Schmitt will take on Democratic businesswoman Trudy Busch Valentine.
  • AZ-Gov: This one still has several miles to go, given the disparities between early votes and day-of votes. But, for the moment, former state official Karrin Taylor Robson has a 49-41 lead over Trump-endorsed former television anchor Kari Lake. On the Democratic side, secretary of state Katie Hobbs was an easy winner.
  • AZ-Sen: This one looks like it will be a close one, and a two-horse race at this point. Trump-endorsed techbro Blake Masters has a 35-31 lead over businessman Jim Lamon. The winner takes on freshman Sen. Mark Kelly, who was unopposed.

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 4:33:01 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

MI-03 (R): This one isn’t done yet, but the cake is starting to feel a little baked. John Gibbs now has a raw vote lead approaching 3700 votes, which feels like a bit of a climb for Rep. Peter Meijer.


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 4:50:08 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

Kansas: As if the loss of the abortion initiative wasn’t painful enough for Kansas Republicans, they just took another kick to the teeth. Notorious Trumpy Republican Kris Kobach, who was last seen coughing up the governor’s mansion for the GOP in 2018 to Democrat Laura Kelly, has won the nomination for Attorney General, narrowly beating Kellie Warren (42-38). Kobach will take on Democrat Chris Mann in November.


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 4:54:35 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

MI-03 (R): The hill keeps getting steeper for Rep. Peter Meijer. The margin is now north of 5000 votes in terms of raw votes, and the percentage margin is now over six points. No AP call yet, of course, and it’s not likely there will be for now. But Meijer is at the “gonna need a miracle” part of the evening at this point.


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 5:15:47 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

MI-03 (R): At this point, it seems like Arizona and Washington are largely done for the night, which leaves us with this much-watched primary battle in Michigan. And, alas, the vote counting has largely stalled here as well, with John Gibbs staked to about a 5000 vote lead over incumbent GOP Rep. Peter Meijer.


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 5:21:03 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

MI-10: In one of the swingier districts in the Midwest (Trump +1), we now have our November matchup. Two-time Republican statewide candidate John James won his primary long ago, and now the AP has declared that the Democratic primary has been won by former Macomb County Judge Carl Marlinga. With about half the vote tallied, Marlinga has 47% of the vote in the five-candidate field.


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 5:53:01 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

MI-03 (R): With a few more thousand votes tallied, Rep. Peter Meijer has cut John Gibbs’ lead by around 500 votes. The margin is now down to 4800 votes. As it has been for most of the last two hours, it still feels like the margin is going to be too wide for Meijer to salvage. But Gibbs has not nailed this one down yet.


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 5:56:44 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

AZ-06: We have our nominees for one of the swingiest seats in the nation (Biden +0.1!). State Senator Kristin Engel is the Democratic nominee, while gubernatorial advisor Juan Ciscomani is the pick on the Republican side.


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 6:02:23 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

AZ-Gov (R): The results are quite literally dripping in a few hundred at a time, but our theory from earlier seems to be playing out a bit. The leading margin for Karrin Taylor Robson has slid down to 6 points (48-42) over Trump-endorsed former television anchor Kari Lake.


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 6:10:26 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

MI-03 (R): The margin keeps dropping, but just not fast enough. With about four-fifths of the vote tallied, Rep. Peter Meijer has shaved the lead of Trump-endorsed challenger John Gibbs down to 4500 votes. But with an estimated 20,000-25,000 votes to count, it would seem as if Meijer will have to immensely overperform with what remains, compared to what he has done all night.


Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 6:22:22 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

With the vote counting slowing to a crawl, and it now chugging towards midnight even out here at DK Elections’ Western Field Office, we’re going to call it a night after more than six hours of coverage. Be sure to check back with the team tomorrow for updates on Arizona, Washington, and Michigan’s 3rd district. Thanks for reading along, and have a great night…wait…correction: morning!



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