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Schmitt wins GOP Senate primary in Missouri, ending Greitens’s comeback try

Eric Schmitt projected to win Missouri GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. Schmitt's victory comes as candidates across the country aligned with former president Donald Trump and his false claims of victory in 2020 sought to unseat critics and other more conventional conservative candidates who accept President Biden’s legitimacy. In Kansas, voters were projected to reject a constitutional amendment that would have imperiled abortion access in the state. In Michigan, a pro-Israel super PAC invested millions to defeat Rep. Andy Levin (D) in Michigan's redrawn 11th Congressional District, Rep. Haley Stevens, who is Jewish, is projected to defeat Levin. In Missouri, Republican leaders’ opposition to Greitens intensified this summer after he released a threatening ad in which he wielded a shotgun

Some Republicans fear Trump's picks in battleground areas could undermine their party’s chances in November. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent nearly half a million dollars boosting Meijer's opponent. Trump has also endorsed 11 state legislative candidates in Michigan — more than any other state — setting up proxy wars with his former Cabinet member Betsy DeVos and Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Some of the starkest tests of Trump's influence were playing out in Arizona, an epicenter of his allies’ continuing efforts to question and overturn the election. Arizona state lawmakers sanctioned a months-long �audit of the vote in Maricopa County, a spectacle that affirmed Biden's win but provided new fuel for wild and baseless theories of wrongdoing.

The race for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in Arizona has become a proxy war between Trump and conservatives who want to move on from his endless election grievances. Trump has backed Kari Lake, a former TV anchor who says the 2020 election was stolen and rails against the media and the GOP establishment. Other leading candidates to take on Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) in the fall include Jim Lamon, a businessman who has embraced Trump’s false election claims, and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. With his Arizona endorsement, Pence waded into a highly competitive race — a contrast to Georgia, where Gov. Brian Kemp was long favored to win. Arizona Rep. Mark Finchem has been subpoenaed by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol

In Kansas, state Attorney General Derek Schmidt was projected to win the GOP nomination to challenge Gov. Laura Kelly (D), who easily advanced. On the Democratic side, two of Congress’s most liberal members faced more moderate challengers.