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GOP primary voters pick between candidates backed by Trump, Pence

Trump-backed construction executive Tim Michels is in a close race with Pence-backed former lieutenant governor Rebecca Kleefisch. In neighboring Minnesota, Rep. Ilhan Omar clung to a slim lead late Tuesday with more than 95 percent of the vote tallied. Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes (D) is projected to take on Sen. Ron Johnson (R) in the fall in Wisconsin. A special election for a conservative U.S. House district in southern Minnesota offered a snapshot of the energy in both parties. In addition to Wisconsin and Minnesota, voters in Connecticut and Vermont also picked nominees Tuesday, with some of the most closely watched intraparty contests in other states. The contests were the first to be held since news broke of the federal law enforcement

Republican Brad Finstad, who worked in the Trump administration as an agriculture official, held an early lead with less than 10 percent of the vote tallied. Voters in Minnesota were also selecting a new member in the state’s 1st Congressional District, which stretches along the southern state line. Trump endorsed little-known candidate Adam Steen in Wisconsin, saying he felt Vos hasn’t done enough to overturn the 2020 election. In Vermont, Democrats chose between candidates representing different wings of their party for an opening for a single at-large congressional seat. Becca Balint, Vermont's Senate president pro tempore, who received the backing of Sanders, was projected to win, according to the AP. The winner was slated to take on Republican Derrick Van Orden, a retired

In Connecticut, there was a contested GOP primary to take on Sen. Richard Blumenthal