Five states are holding primaries tonight, while Kansas will vote on an amendment to remove the right to an abortion from the state constitution. Ohio voters will also go back to the polls for primaries for their state legislature, which were delayed because of redistricting litigation (primaries for the Buckeye State’s other offices took place as planned in early May).
We’ll be liveblogging the results here and also covering the returns closely on Twitter.
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 2:06:43 AM +00:00
We’re about two hours into this primary night, and the story of the night is quickly becoming Kansas. With about half of the statewide vote tallied, the NO vote on the abortion initiative that would empower the legislature to regulate the practice is winning handsomely, which is a major blow for Republicans in what is one of their better states. At present, the NO vote is leading by a 65-35 margin. Now, it must be said: that margin will certainly narrow. But we’ve gone from caution to cautious optimism, because the NO vote is outrunning Democratic Governor Laura Kelly’s successful 2018 campaign (where she won with 48% of the vote) by anywhere from 3-15 points in every county where more than 4/5 of the vote is in. The pro-restriction forces are going to need a monster comeback, and the early signs are not looking good for them.
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 2:08:12 AM +00:00
MO-Sen (R): Good job, “ERIC”! The AP has called the Republican primary for state attorney general Eric Schmitt, who leads a multi-candidate field with 45% of the vote.
The other “ERIC”s are languishing well behind.
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 2:10:08 AM +00:00
Arizona: Polls have closed in Arizona, but remember that state law puts a hold on election result releases for an hour, so we have roughly 50 minutes before we are likely to hear anything out of the desert southwest.
Wednesday, Aug 3, 2022 · 2:12:10 AM +00:00
MO-01 (D): We’ve hit the threshold in St. Louis, and no real surprise: Rep. Cori Bush is en route to what should be a comfortable primary win. She leads Steve Roberts by a 69-27 margin.
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