Trump-Backed Candidates Sweep Primaries

Throughout five states, Republican voters aligned with former President Donald Trump’s endorsements in last Tuesday's primary elections. Here are some highlights:

Arizona

Blake Masters, Mark Finchem, and Kari Lake

  • Trump-backed Blake Masters won the GOP nomination for the Senate. He’s a venture capitalist and the co-author of the best-selling book Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future.

  • Trump-backed Mark Finchem beat three other GOP candidates for the secretary of state. He attended the January 6 rally and fought for election integrity following the 2020 election.

  • Trump-backed Kari Lake holds a slight lead in the gubernatorial race. She was a local news journalist in Arizona.

Michigan

John Gibbs and Tudor Dixon

  • Trump-backed John Gibbs beat Rep. Peter Meijer, who voted to impeach Trump. Democrats boosted Gibbs’ campaign because they felt he was an easier opponent to beat in the general election.

  • Trump-backed Tudor Dixon, a conservative commentator, secured the GOP governor nomination.

Kansas

Derek Schmidt (right)

  • A proposed state constitutional amendment that would end the state’s protection for abortion failed by 18%. Some analysts view this as evidence that the abortion question will increase liberal voting more than expected.

  • Trump-backed Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt won the Republican nomination for governor.

Big picture: The new Republican party is in the making. Those aligned with Trump easily beat out incumbents who weren’t.