Headline RoundupAugust 9th, 2022

Previewing Tuesday’s Primaries in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont and Connecticut

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Four states - Wisconsin, Minnesota, Vermont, and Connecticut - will hold primaries Tuesday to decide candidates in key Senate and gubernatorial races in November.

In Wisconsin, former President Donald Trump is backing construction company owner Tim Michels, while former Vice President Mike Pence is supporting former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch in the Republican primary for governor. In Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, Democrat Jeff Ettinger is running against Repubican Brad Finstad in a special election to serve out of rest of Repubican Representative Jim Hagedorn's term, as he passed away last February.

In Vermont, the only state in the country that has never sent a woman to Congress, Democrats Molly Gray and Becca Balint lead the race for the at-large Congressional District, and the winner would be heavily favored to win in November. And in Connecticut, Republican Bob Stefanowski is looking for a rematch against Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont, who in 2018 narrowly defeated Stefanowski, while three Republicans are competing to run against Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D) this fall - one candidate being Trump-backed Republican National Committee Member Leora Levy.

News outlets across the spectrum continue to mention a Republican divide as Trump and Pence endorse opposing primary candidates.

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