Minnesota Republicans Former state senator Scott Jensen was elected governor on Tuesday, picking a doctor who said he plans to ban most abortions to take on Democratic incumbents in November's midterm elections.
Casting doubt on the seriousness of COVID-19, Jensen challenges Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, who has promised to defend abortion rights. Minnesota has become a haven of sorts for residents of neighboring states where abortion bans have been enforced after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled out nationwide rights to abortion procedures in June.18}
The issue was also at the center of Tuesday's contest for the governor's nomination in Wisconsin, where leading contenders for the Republican nomination, construction magnate Tim Michels and lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch, 19 The abortion ban of the century has prompted health care providers to stop offering this procedure.
In a Republican-majority Congress, either candidate can push through abortion restrictions as governor.Democrat incumbent Tony Evers and his administration will challenge the 1849 law. I filed a lawsuit, but promised not to prosecute the violating doctor.
The feud between Kleefisch and Michels is the latest proxy war between Donald Trump and more moderate Republicans. The former president backed Michels, who poured millions of his own money into the race, while former Trump vice president Mike Pence and former governor Scott Walker backed Creefish.
Nearly 60% of voters supported abortion rights in last week's Kansas poll, suggesting that the issue has mobilized supporters, with independents and moderates alike. Democrats' hopes of attracting votes from Republicans rose. This follows the Supreme Court's overturn of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.
Unlike Kansas' initiative to be open to voters of all parties, Tuesday's Republican primary reflects Republican-only preferences. voters.
In addition to the high-profile gubernatorial election, Wisconsin will also hold a significant Senate election in November. Democrats on Tuesday nominated Lt. Gov. Mandela Burns to challenge Ron Johnson, perhaps the most vulnerable of the Republican senators seeking re-election this year.
Burns, who won support from liberal US Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren during the primary election, would become the state's first black senator.
The battle for Johnson's seat could determine which party controls the Senate. The House is currently split 50-50, with Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris having a tie vote.
It is unclear whether the Democrats will be able to maintain a very thin Senate majority, but Republicans hope to regain control of the US House of Representatives. Launch legislative agendas and politically damaging investigations.
For much of this year, low Biden approval ratings and continued inflation have weighed on the Democratic Party's prospects. However, the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Tuesday showed Biden's approval rating rose to 40% for the third straight week.
Wisconsin's Senate and Gubernatorial elections could serve as a preview of 2024, when Wisconsin will once again become a major issue in the presidential election. Trump, who still falsely claims that Biden's 2020 statewide victory was rigged, strongly hinted that he intends to run again.
On Friday, Republicans named Milwaukee to host her 2024 national convention, underscoring the state's strategic importance.
Both Kleefisch and Michels have questioned the outcome of the 2020 election, following Trump's lead. At a rally with Trump in Waukesha on Friday night, Michels declared "the integrity of the election" to be his top priority if elected.
Trump endorsed hundreds of candidates this year to influence the Republican Party. Many of his nominations are mostly incumbents, some winning, some not.
Minnesota also held a special election Tuesday for a vacant House seat when Republican Jim Hagedorn died in February after a battle with cancer. Former Hormel Foods CEO, Democrat Jeff Ettinger, is at odds with Republican Brad Finstad, a former farmer in the Trump administration.
Voters in Connecticut and Vermont also chose their candidates for legislative and statewide elections.
(Reporting by Joseph Ax; Editing by Scott Malone, Cynthia Osterman, Ross Colvin, Daniel Wallis)