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Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona, speaks at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump on July 22 in Prescott, Ariz. The Trump-backed Masters is aiming to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in the fall.

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Blake Masters, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Arizona, speaks at a rally hosted by former President Donald Trump on July 22 in Prescott, Ariz. The Trump-backed Masters is aiming to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in the fall.

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August is a busy month for midterm election primaries, with Arizona, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Washington starting off the calendar on Tuesday.

We’re keeping an eye on races where former President Donald Trump’s picks are in play, and contests where he’s targeted Republicans who voted to impeach him.

We’re watching the number of 2020 election deniers who are on the ballot Tuesday, including two GOP candidates running for secretary of state in Arizona, which President Biden narrowly won in the last election.

And in Kansas, abortion rights are on the ballot — the first test of voter sentiment since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

Here’s a breakdown of what to watch for.

Abortion in the spotlight

All eyes are on Kansas, where voters will decide whether to change the state constitution to potentially allow the legislature to further restrict or ban abortion. As of now, abortion is considered a fundamental right in the state, thanks to a 2019 Kansas Supreme Court ruling.

And earlier this summer in Michigan, Republicans in the state legislature introduced a measure that would enforce an abortion ban from 1931. Incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has vowed not to let that happen and has made the issue a signature part of her campaign for reelection, which is shaping up to be a tight race.



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