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Minnesota Wisconsin Midterm Primary Polls End, Abortion Focused

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Voting is closed. Abortion was the biggest issue in Tuesday's midterm primaries in four states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin, after voters in Kansas adamantly rejected attempts to limit the procedure.

In Wisconsin, his two leading contenders for the Republican nomination in the November general election, construction magnate Tim Michels and lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch, are 19th-century abortions. He said he would enforce the ban. Providers will stop offering the proceedings after the U.S. Supreme Court withdrew nationwide rights in June.

As Governor, you can push through abortion restrictions. Democratic incumbent Tony Evers and his administration filed a lawsuit challenging the 1849 law, but promised not to prosecute the violating doctors.

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.

A similar dynamic is at work in Minnesota, where Republicans are set to pick a candidate on Tuesday to face Democratic Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday.

Republican leader Scott Jensen, former state senator, is a doctor who has pledged to ban most abortions and has cast doubt on the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic. In Minnesota, abortion is still legal and Democrats control her one of her two legislative houses.

Nearly 60% of voters supported abortion rights in last week's Kansas poll, but the issue has mobilized supporters and eroded votes from independents and moderate Republicans. Raised Democrat expectations to collect. 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.

Voters in Connecticut and Vermont also chose candidates for legislative and statewide elections.

2024 preview

November election could serve as a preview of Wisconsin's 2024, which is likely to become a major presidential battlefield again. I have. Trump, who still falsely claims that Democratic President Joe Biden's statewide victory in 2020 was rigged, has strongly hinted that he intends to run again.

41} On Friday, Republicans named Milwaukee to host the 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 has endorsed hundreds of candidates this year to exert influence over the Republican Party, many of whom he has nominated, mostly incumbents, some winning, some not. be.

And in Wisconsin, the Democrats will pick a candidate to take on perhaps the most vulnerable Republican Senator, Senator Ron Johnson. Lieutenant Governor Mandela Burns, the state's first black senator, is widely expected to win the nomination.

The battle for Johnson's seat could determine which party controls the Senate. are tying votes.

It is unclear whether the Democrats will be able to maintain a very thin Senate majority, but Republicans hope to regain control of the House. Launch a politically damaging investigation.

For much of this year, low Biden approval ratings and persistent inflation have weighed on the Democratic Party's prospects. But the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll completed on Tuesday showed Biden's approval rating rose to 40% for the third straight week.

On Tuesday, Minnesota also A special election will be held for the House seat that was vacated when Republican Jim Hagedorn died in February after a battle with cancer. Democrat Jeff Ettinger, former CEO of Hormel Foods, is at odds with Republican Brad Finstad, a former agricultural official in the Trump administration.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax, Scott Malone, Edited by Cynthia Osterman, Ross Colvin, Daniel Wallis)