The candidates who have the support of former United States President Donald Trump have prevailed this Tuesday in several contests of the Republican Party primaries to attend the elections in November. The result can be interpreted as a sign of the influence that Trump continues to have despite his electoral defeat and his incitement to violence with the assault on Capitol Hill.
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In Wisconsin, one of the key states for the elections since it is usually very disputed between Democrats and Republicans, Trump’s candidate for governor, Tim Michels, prevailed over the party’s favorite candidate until then, Rebecca Kleefisch, according to projections by the main media.
Michels, a businessman in the construction sector, will therefore face the Democratic governor of that state, Tony Evers, in the November 8 elections.
Meanwhile, in Connecticut, the moderate Themis Klarides, supported by big figures in her party and by former Vice President Mike Pence to be the conservative candidate for the Senate, lost against Trump’s favorite, Leora Levy, of Cuban roots.
In addition, this Tuesday the scrutiny of the primaries held last week in the state of Washington and in which the Republican representative but opposed to Trump Jaime Herrera Beutler lost by a narrow margin against the candidate supported by Trump Joe Kent.
Herrera Beutler was one of the 10 Republican congressmen who voted in favor of impeaching the former president after the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021 by thousands of his followers after a speech in which Trump encouraged them to march to Congress to prevent confirmation of the election result. Trump said in a statement that he was glad of the Republican congresswoman’s defeat.
Of the 10 Republican representatives who voted for the impeachment deTrump in 2021, only two will run for reelection, short of what happens to Liz Cheney, the representative from Wyoming and vice president of the congressional commission investigating the assault on Capitol Hill. Polls put her behind a Trump-backed opponent in next week’s primary.