Tudor Dixon Will Face Off With Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

And more from Tuesday primaries
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 2, 2022 11:34 PM CDT
Tudor Dixon Will Face Off With Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Republican candidate for Michigan governor Tudor Dixon appears at a debate in Grand Rapids, Mich., Wednesday, July 6, 2022.   (Michael Buck/WOOD TV8 via AP, File)

Businesswoman and conservative commentator Tudor Dixon won the Republican primary for Michigan governor on Tuesday, setting up a tough general election race against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the AP reports. Dixon defeated four male candidates in a race between little-known Republicans. She was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and the prominent Michigan Republican family of former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, as well as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and several anti-abortion organizations. The mother of four made education a top issue of her campaign, saying she wants to keep drag queens and talk of sex and gender out of elementary schools. She opposes abortion, except to save the life of the mother, and says Michigan should eliminate the requirement for permits to carry concealed weapons.

More from Tuesday, which the AP says was "one of the biggest days of this year's primary campaign season":

  • Arizona: Many of the races still have not been called. The Wall Street Journal is providing live updates on all of the night's primaries here.
  • Kansas: Voters in the conservative state resoundingly rejected a constitutional amendment that would have allowed the Legislature to ban abortion. It was the first major test of voter sentiment since the Supreme Court ruling in June to rescind the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
  • Kansas, again: The top state elections official in Kansas beat back a far-right challenger who promoted conspiracy theories in one of several primaries Tuesday featuring candidates for secretary of state who have expressed skepticism of elections or promoted lies about the 2020 presidential election. Secretary of State Scott Schwab has repeatedly vouched for the safety of Kansas elections and touted new GOP-pushed laws, including ones that restrict the delivery of ballots by third parties. He's also said he can't vouch for other states' elections. The message worked well for him in his primary against Mike Brown, a construction contractor and former county commissioner in the Kansas City area. Brown embraced election conspiracy theories and promised to rid the state of ballot drop boxes, the AP reports.
  • Kansas, part 3: Republicans nominated Kris Kobach for Kansas attorney general, keeping alive the polarizing conservative’s bid for a political comeback following his losses in a governor’s race and US Senate primary over the past four years, the AP reports. The Democratic nominee is first-time candidate Chris Mann, a private practice attorney who previously worked as a police officer and prosecutor.

  • Michigan: Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Michigan Democrat and member of the progressive Squad in Congress, sailed through a primary election Tuesday, the AP reports. (Fellow "Squad" member Rep. Cori Bush did the same in Missouri.)
  • Missouri: Democratic hopes of picking up a US Senate seat in deep-red Missouri faltered Tuesday after Republican voters selected Attorney General Eric Schmitt as their nominee over former Gov. Eric Greitens, who resigned in disgrace in 2018. Greitens, they predicted, would be toxic in a general election. (Trump stopped short of issuing an endorsement in the race, instead issuing a vague statement this week throwing his support behind “ERIC.” It's not clear which one he meant.) On the Democrat side, beer heir Trudy Busch Valentine won her primary Tuesday.
  • Washington state: Democratic US Sen. Patty Murray advanced Tuesday to the fall election in her quest for a sixth term after the longtime incumbent highlighted her support for abortion rights in the run up to Washington’s primary election. Murray will face Republican Tiffany Smiley, who is trying to become the first person from her party to win a US Senate seat in Washington in nearly 30 years, the AP reports.
(Read more Election 2022 stories.)

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