On Tuesday night, a centrist candidate who questioned the incumbent’s backing for the “defund the cops” movement narrowly defeated Minnesota lawmaker Ilhan Omar, a member of the exclusive progressive club known as the Squad in the House of Representatives.
Another liberal, Becca Balint, had a much easier time of it after she won the Democratic primary for the Vermont House of Representatives, making history by becoming the first woman to represent the state in Congress.
A day after the FBI reportedly raided the former US president’s Florida home in search of secret records, Tim Michels, supported by Donald Trump, was expected to win the Republican nominee for governor of Wisconsin.
Progressive Democrat Candidate Ilhan Omar Wins Minnesota House:
Rebecca Kleefisch, a challenger, and former governor who had received Mike Pence’s support, just like Ilhan Omar lost to Michels.
On Tuesday night, Kleefisch, a supporter of the right-wing former gov. Scott Walker yielded to Michels.
Like the former president, Michels has made the untrue assertion that Trump won the crucial swing state in the presidential election in 2020 rather than the Democratic US president, Joe Biden.
Additionally, Michels has sworn to uphold a 19th-century abortion restriction implemented in Wisconsin after the US Supreme Court reversed the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in June, which ended the nation’s legal access to the practice.
In the race in November, he will compete against Democrat Tony Evers, the current governor of Wisconsin.
If elected, Michels may enact new abortion restrictions with a Republican-majority legislature. While pledging not to prosecute doctors who break the 1849 legislation, Evers and his cabinet have filed lawsuits contesting it.
Several more Trump-backed candidates also won.
According to the Hartford Courant, Leora Levy shocked onlookers by defeating moderate Themis Klarides, who enjoyed strong party backing in the state, to win the Republican primary for the US Senate in Connecticut after receiving Trump’s endorsement.