Rusty Bowers, who testified at the Jan. 6 hearing, was defeated as Trump-backed candidates flock to Arizona

Donald Trump-backed candidates advanced in the GOP primaries in Arizona, which, if the early election results hold, will show a sign of the influence the former president still has over Republicans in the state.

Some races were too close to call early Wednesday, but Trump’s preferred candidates showed the lead in high-profile Republican races for the Arizona governor, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Congress, the Arizona Attorney General and the Secretary of State. .

Trump-endorsed Kari Lake and Karrin Taylor Robson, who was backed by former Vice President Mike Pence, were in a virtual tie in the running for the GOP nomination for governor.

The winner will face Katie Hobbs, the current Arizona Secretary of State, who easily won the Democratic nomination for governor.

Republican Blake Masters, who is backed by both Trump and tech investor Peter Thiel, was named the US Senate primary winner by the Associated Press after gaining a lead over former solar energy executive Jim Lamon and current attorney Mark Brnovich. General of Arizona. Masters will face Democratic incumbent Mark Kelly in November’s general election.

Mark Finchem was declared the Republican Secretary of State primary winner and Abe Hamadeh led his competitors for Attorney General. Both men were approved by Trump, and both denied that Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election in Arizona.

If Finchem wins the Republican primary, he may face Adrian Fontes, the Democratic candidate who led Reginald Bolding. The State Secretary supervises the elections, among other things.

If Hamadeh maintains his lead, he would face Kris Mayes, the only Democrat to run for Attorney General.

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Two-part jurors work in pairs to count early voters' registration votes and review votes at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on August 1, 2022 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Two-part jurors work in pairs to count early voters’ registration votes and review votes at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on August 1, 2022 in Phoenix, Ariz.

The results are counted over the course of the week. For example, ballots dropped off at the ballot box on Election Day must be verified and then counted, a two-step process.

These primaries also saw all of the seats in the US House of Representatives and the Arizona legislature up for grabs, meaning the results could influence public policy decisions for the next two years.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who testified at the House Select Committee hearings on Jan. 6, 2021, capitol riots over Trump’s rejection of Trump’s request to help him nullify the 2020 election, lost to David Farnsworth, his Trump-approved former Mesa schoolmate, in a state Senate race.

Wendy Rogers, another Trump-backed candidate, had a big lead over Kelly Townsend in their Senate race. Rogers was censored by the state Senate earlier this year for making statements condoning violence and political retaliation. Conservative lawmakers were in the same district after the borders were redrawn for this year. Townsend previously ran for Congress but dropped her bid after a promised Trump endorsement never materialized, she said.

Anthony Kern, who was outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, also pulled away in his state senate race.

Rachel Mitchell, who was named Attorney General by the Board of Supervisors in April, had a commanding lead over Republican challenger Gina Godbehere.

Mitchell first gained notoriety for her role as chief interrogator in the hearing between then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford. The GOP candidate for MCAO will face the lone Democratic candidate, Julie Gunnigle, in November.

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Trump-Favorite Candidates Lead in Congressional Races

United States Postal Service bins and a stack of ballots stand on a table as early voter ballots are counted at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on August 1, 2022 in Phoenix, Ariz.

United States Postal Service bins and a stack of ballots stand on a table as early voter ballots are counted at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on August 1, 2022 in Phoenix, Ariz.

Rep. David Schweikert had a significant lead over Elijah Norton and vocal Trump supporter Josh Barnett to represent District 1, which spans the northeastern valley and parts of central Phoenix.

Trump gave Schweikert a boost in June after Norton labeled him “obscure” for his 11 House ethics investigations.

In District 2 in rural Arizona, Trump-backed Eli Crane had a significant lead over Walt Blackman for the Republican nomination.

The GOP winner will compete against incumbent Democratic Rep. Tom O’Halleran, who election analysts consider to be the most endangered member of the house in Arizona.

In District 4, which includes parts of Tempe, Mesa and Chandler, Trump-backed Kelly Cooper led Tanya Contreras Wheeless for the Republican nomination. The winner will face the incumbent Rep. Greg Stanton.

In District 6, which includes Tucson and southeastern Arizona, former state representative Kirsten Engel won the Democratic nomination over Daniel Hernandez and Juan Ciscomani won the Republican nomination over Brandon Martin.

They will take it up in November to replace outgoing Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democrat.

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Appointed provincial supervisor retains seat

Unlike the state and national GOP primary races, baseless claims of widespread voter fraud did not seem an effective campaign message in the race for the District 2 seat on the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Tom Galvin, who was appointed to the board last year, faced with three Republicans and appears poised to retain its seat representing the East Valley. Two of his three challengers, Gail Golec of Scottsdale and Thayer Verschoor of Gilbert, have made false statements about widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. No Democrats filed to run.

Reporters Ronald J. Hansen, Ray Stern, Mary Jo Pitzl, Stacey Barchenger, Jimmy Jenkins, Tara Kavaler and Sasha Hupka contributed to this report.

Reach reporter Taylor Seely on [email protected] or 480-476-6116. Follow her on Twitter @taylorseely95 or Instagram @taylor.azc.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Rusty Bowers defeated in Arizona amid wave of Trump-backed candidates

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