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Trump-backed candidates win Republican primaries

Becca Balint, Democratic House candidate from Vermont Associated Press/Photo by Kristopher Radder, The Brattleboro Reformer

Trump-backed candidates win Republican primaries

Tuesday’s elections continued the trend of candidates backed by former President Donald Trump winning their primaries. In Wisconsin, businessman Tim Michels won the primary election for governor. In Connecticut, Leora Levy, a first-time candidate, bested a more moderate rival in the liberal-leaning state’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Ron Johnson, a U.S. Senate incumbent from Wisconsin who won his primary Tuesday, also shares Trump’s backing. Most of the 10 Republican members of Congress who voted to impeach Trump have lost their primaries.

What happened in the Democratic primaries? Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who has compared the United States and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban, narrowly won her primary Tuesday. Predictions are that she’ll overwhelmingly win the general election in November. Her victory follows the wins of Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri and Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan last week. Becca Balint of Vermont won her district’s Democratic primary and is expected to be the first woman, and the first openly gay person, to represent the state in Congress.

Dig deeper: Read Carolina Lumetta’s Q&A in WORLD Magazine with political consultant Christopher Nicholas about how campaigning is a different business today than it used to be.

Josh Schumacher

Josh is a breaking news reporter for WORLD. He’s a graduate of World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College.

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