On Tuesday, voters vote in Kansas, Michigan, Arizona, Missouri, and Washington State.
Five States – Kansas, Michigan, Arizona, Missouri, and Washington-are holding primaries on Tuesday ahead of Congressional elections on November 3.
The two most significant election races are in the States of Kansas and Michigan, where ultraconservative Kris Kobach and progressive Democrat Rashida Tlaib are running – representatives from opposite ends of the political spectrum. The results of these primaries will give you an idea of which way both parties are moving.
There have been no democratic senators in Kansas since the 1930s, but some in the centrist wing of the Republican party fear that Kobach, who was defeated in the 2018 gubernatorial election, could lose and jeopardize the Republican majority in the Senate. His opponent in the General election is likely to be state Senator Barbara Bollier – a former Republican who is breaking fundraising records.
Meanwhile, in Michigan, 44-year-old Tlaib faces an uphill battle with the head of the Detroit City Council, 60-year-old African-American Brenda Jones, who two years ago fell behind her by less than 1,000 votes.
Jones claims that Tlaib puts his own popularity above the interests of voters, but the campaign headquarters of the legislator emphasizes that during the pandemic, she held dozens of meetings with local residents and helped many achieve unemployment benefits.
Meanwhile, one of the most expensive Senate races is unfolding in Arizona. It is expected that at the end of the primaries, Republican Senator Martha McSally will win over Daniel McCarthy, who calls her insufficiently conservative. In the General election, her Democratic opponent is likely to be astronaut Mark Kelly, who she lags behind both in the polls and in the number of funds raised.
In Missouri, incumbent Congressman Lacy Clay and progressive Democrat Corey Bush, who became an activist after the murder of African-American Michael Brown in 2014, are fighting for a post in the House of Representatives. Both candidates are African-American. Since 1969, the district has been represented first by clay’s father, and then by clay himself.