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Voters decide primary elections in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Arizona, and Washington: LIVE UPDATES

Voters decide primary elections in Michigan, Missouri, Kansas, Arizona, and Washington: LIVE UPDATES

John Gibbs has defeated incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer, R-MI, in the closely watched Republican primary for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, the Associated Press called just after 3 a.m. Wednesday.

The race pitted former President Donald Trump, who backed Gibbs, against one of only 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him following the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol last year.

Gibbs will now face Democratic nominee Hillary Scholten, who ran unopposed in her primary, in what is expected to be one of the most competitive House races in this year’s midterm elections.

Meijer, an Iraq War veteran who was elected to Congress in 2020, was one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Trump.

Read more on the story by clicking here: Trump-backed congressional candidate John Gibbs pulls off upset victory in Michigan

Mark Finchem wins key Republican primary for Arizona’s secretary of state

The Associated Press has called Mark Finchem the winner in a four-way race in the Republican primary for secretary of state.

Finchem, an Arizona lawmaker who supported former President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, made election integrity a key issue in his campaign and said he will faithfully execute the law to ensure free and fair elections, should he win the general election in November.

“I think it’s interesting that there are people, particularly Democrats out there, claiming: ’Oh, he’s going to ruin the system. He’s going to do this, he’s a threat to democracy,’” Finchem said in a recent interview, denying that he would use his potential office to sway election outcomes.

Finchem’s victory came over three other Republicans, one of which similarly doubted the legitimacy of 2020’s outcome.

Finchem defeated Arizona House. Rep. Shawnna Bolick, who introduced a bill last year that could allow the state legislature to overturn presidential election results, state Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita and businessman Beau Lane.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Trump-endorsed Blake Masters wins Arizona’s Republican Senate primary

The Associated Press has called Arizona’s Republican Senate primary for venture capitalist Blake Masters, who will face off in November against Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly in a key battleground state race that may determine if the GOP wins back the Senate majority.

Masters was the front-runner in the most recent public opinion surveys heading into Tuesday’s primary election. The field of contenders also included solar power businessman Jim Lamon, who pumped millions of his own money behind his bid. 

Former President Donald Trump, who remains the most popular and influential politician in the Republican Party, endorsed Masters two months ago.

Click here for more on the story: Blake Masters wins Arizona’s Republican Senate primary in key battleground state showdown

Trump touts ‘big night’ following endorsement victories in Kansas and Missouri

Former President Donald Trump took to his social media platform, TRUTH Social, Tuesday night to tout his endorsement victories in Kansas and Missouri.

“Won all of our Endorsed Races in Kansas and Missouri,” Trump wrote. “Great going ‘Eric.’ Big Night. Thank you!”

In Missouri, Trump had endorsed both Eric Schmitt and former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens in the race for Senate. Schmitt went on to claim the party’s nomination.

In Kansas, Trump endorsed GOP gubernatorial candidate Derek Schmidt, who clinched his party’s nomination. Schmidt will now face off against incumbent Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly in November.

Far-left ‘Squad’ member Rashida Tlaib wins Democratic primary in Michigan

Democrat Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, a member of the far-left “Squad,” has won her primary against Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey in the state’s 12th Congressional District.

Tlaib is expected to easily win re-election in November considering the newly formed district is solidly Democrat.

The Associated Press called the race.

Biden responds to rejection of abortion amendment by Kansas voters

In a statement released Tuesday night, President Biden issued praise for voters in Kansas after a majority of them voted no on a constitutional amendment that would have given lawmakers in the state the ability to regulate abortion.

“The Supreme Court’s extreme decision to overturn Roe v. Wade put women’s health and lives at risk. Tonight, the American people had something to say about it,” Biden said. “Voters in Kansas turned out in record numbers to reject extreme efforts to amend the state constitution to take away a woman’s right to choose and open the door for a state-wide ban. This vote makes clear what we know: the majority of Americans agree that women should have access to abortion and should have the right to make their own health care decisions.”

“Congress should listen to the will of the American people and restore the protections of Roe as federal law,” he added. “While that is the only way to secure a woman’s right to choose, my Administration will continue to take meaningful action to protect women’s access to reproductive health care. We will continue to act where we can to protect women’s reproductive rights and access to care.  And, the American people must continue to use their voices to protect the right to women’s health care, including abortion.”

RNC, Arizona GOP respond to ballot issues in Pinal County, Arizona

Following ballot issues out of Pinal County, Arizona, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Arizona GOP Chairwoman Kelli Ward released the following comment:

“During Arizona’s primary elections, the RNC and Republican Party of Arizona’s poll observer program documented and reported multiple failures by Pinal County’s Elections Administrator, including 63,000 mail-in ballots delivered to the wrong voters and multiple Republican-heavy precinct locations running out of ballots. This is a comprehensive failure that disenfranchises Arizonans and exemplifies why Republican-led efforts for transparency at the ballot box are so important. Pinal County Elections Director David Frisk should resign immediately.”

On Tuesday, several precincts in the county reportedly ran out, or began running low, of in-person ballots for voters. The county also reportedly delivered several thousand mail-in ballots to the wrong voters.

Congresswoman Kim Schrier advances to general election in Washington’s 8th Congressional District

Democrat Washington Congresswoman Kim Schrier has advanced to the general election in Washington’s 8th Congressional District following a strong showing in the open primary.

She will face the second place primary finisher.

The Associated Press called the race.

Tiffany Smiley advances to general election for Senate in Washington

Tiffany Smiley has advanced to the November general election for Senate in Washington.

Patty Murray, a Democrat, also advanced to the November general election for Senate.

The Associated Press called the race.

Trudy Busch Valentine wins Democratic nomination for Senate in Missouri

Trudy Busch Valentine has won the Democratic nominiation to represent Missouri in the United States Senate.

Valentine will now face off against Missouri Republican Senate nominee Eric Schmitt in the November general election.

The race was called by The Associated Press.

Katie Hobbs wins Arizona Senate Democrat primary

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has won the state’s Democrat nomination for U.S. Senate.

She will now advance to the general election to face the winner of the Republican nomination, where voters will decide who will replace term-limited GOP Gov. Doug Ducey.

The Associated Press called the race.

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Polls close in Washington

Polls have officially closed in Washington.

Two Republican representatives who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump are running for re-election against Trump-endorsed candidates in their districts.

Trump-backed candidate and former police chief Loren Culp is challenging four term Rep. Dan Newhouse in the GOP primary for Washington’s 4th Congressional District. Another similar race is taking place in Washington’s 3rd District. The primary race sees Joe Kent, the candidate who received an endorsement from Trump, taking on incumbent Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, one of the few Republican representatives who voted to impeach the former President.

Voters submitted their choice’s for the state’s Senate race. Democrat and 30-year incumbent Sen. Patty Murray is the current Senator of Washington state and is seeking a 6th term. Tiffany Smiley is leading the GOP Senate race and is hopeful battle it out with the Democrat nominee in the fall.

Democrat Congresswoman Kim Schrier is fighting to keep her seat in Washington’s 8th Congressional District against Republicans seeking to flip the swing district red.

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Kansas voters reject constitutional amendment granting lawmakers ability to regulate abortion

Residents of Kansas have voted against an amendment to the state’s constitution that would have given lawmakers in the state the ability to regulate abortion, the Associated Press projects.

With Tuesday’s vote, Kansas became the first state in the nation to vote on an abortion-related issue since the Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn federal protections for abortion granted under the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade.

The constitutional amendment, backed by a campaign named Value Them Both, would have given elected representatives the ability to pass legislation regulating abortion in Kansas, which was restricted after the state’s Supreme Court previously found the 1859 Kansas Constitution grants a “natural right” to abortion. At the time the AP called the race, voters had rejected the amendment by more than 20 percentage points.

In 2019, the state’s supreme court struck down a ban on surgical abortions in a 6-1 decision, ruling that the state’s constitution protected women’s choice to engage in that activity as a “right.”

To read more from Fox News’ Kyle Morris,
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Haley Stevens wins Democratic nomination to represent Michigan’s 11th District

Democrat Haley Stevens has clinched her party’s nomination to represent Michigan’s 11th Congressional District in Congress.

Stevens will face off against Mark Ambrose, the Republican nominee to represent the district, in November’s general election.

The race was called by The Associated Press.

Far-left ‘Squad’ member Cori Bush wins Democratic primary in Missouri

Democratic Missouri Congresswoman Cori Bush, a member of the far-left “Squad,” has won her primary race against state Sen. Steve Roberts in the 1st Congressional District.

Bush is expected to easily win re-election in November considering she represents a solidly Democrat district.

The Associated Press called the race.

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Eric Schmitt wins Missouri’s heated Republican Senate primary

The Associated Press projects that Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has won Missouri’s Republican Senate primary in the race to succeed retiring GOP Sen. Roy Blunt.

Schmitt was one of the front-runners in the race, along with former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and Rep. Vicky Hartzler, who represents Missouri’s 4th Congressional District in the predominantly rural west-central part of the state.

Over 20 Missouri Republicans vied for the party’s Senate nomination this cycle. The field included Rep. Billy Long in the state’s 7th Congressional District in southwest Missouri, and Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis attorney who, along with his wife, grabbed national headlines during the summer of 2020 for holding guns outside their home to ward off Black Lives Matter protesters.

To read more from Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser, click here.

Trump-backed Arizona GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters touts business background in nomination push

In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Arizona GOP Senate candidate Blake Masters said his background in business would make him better at making decisions in Congress on the issues that face America.

“I think it’s a huge asset, but I’m not naïve. I don’t think that the government operates like a business,” Masters said.

“You can’t just take the business leader and expect them to do well in politics, but I think I know how broken the system is I think getting a business leader in there can only help,” he added.

Masters went on to describe the Biden administration’s plans to finish a section of the border wall at Yuma as a “transparent political move” following their initial opposition to physical barrier at the border, and slammed the Democrat-backed Inflation Reduction Act as “backwards.”

“It’s just positively Orwellian that instead of fixing the bad policy that caused this recession, Biden goes pedal to the metal on those policies and then they just try to redefine the word recession. They think that words are magic. This is just so crazy, frankly,” he said.

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Trump-backed Tudor Dixon wins crowded Michigan GOP gubernatorial primary

Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon has come out on top in a crowded primary field and will face incumbent Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the November general election.

Dixon received a last-minute endorsement from former President Donald Trump last week.

The Associated Press called the race.

First polls closed in Arizona, with others set to close shortly

The first polls have closed in Arizona, with the others slated to close at 7pm MST.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake received the backing of former President Donald Trump, while her primary opponent Karrin Taylor Robson received endorsements from former Vice President Mike Pence and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Voters in Arizona made their final decisions as to which GOP candidate they want taking on Democrat incumbent Senator Mark Kelly in November. Seven candidates are vying for the Republican nomination, but Trump-backed GOP candidate Blake Masters has lead the heated Arizona Senate primary race. Hopeful candidates Attorney General Mark Brnovich and former energy executive Jim Lamon are also competing in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate.

Derek Schmidt wins GOP gubernatorial primary election in Kansas

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has won the Republican gubernatorial primary election in Kansas.

Endorsed by former President Trump, Schmidt will now face off against incumbent Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly in November.

The race was called by The Associated Press.

Michigan GOP cancels election night watch party after staffer allegedly threatened

The Michigan GOP has canceled an election night watch party after a staffer was allegedly threatened outside the party’s Lansing headquarters.

Lansing police said officers went to the building Tuesday morning in response to a complaint about a threat, but that the person who allegedly made the threat was not still there. Officers will pay special attention to that area, said police spokeswoman Jordan Gulkis.

The staffer, who wished to remain anonymous told Fox News that a man approached her in the parking lot, and harassed her, threatening to burn down the building and enslave the women inside.

GOP spokesperson Gus Portela told Fox News the party had experienced death threats for years, but nothing like what happened on Tuesday. 

“Our building received several threats from a bystander who not only verbally assaulted a long-time female staffer but also indicated he was planning on shooting up the building and burning it down,” Portela said.

To read more from Fox News’ Bradford Betz, click here.

Michigan GOP gubernatorial candidate Garrett Soldano hammers Gov. Whitmer over abortion, CRT

Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Garrett Soldano is spending some of his final campaigning days ahead of Tuesday’s GOP primary hammering incumbent Democratic Gretchen Whitmer over her approach to the state’s law regarding abortions, as well as the issue of teaching critical race theory (CRT) in schools.

“We have to have conversation, right? And the legislature represents the people. You don’t do what the governor’s doing right now with Roe v. Wade. We have a 1931 law on the books here in the state of Michigan, and she’s bypassing the legislature just like she did during the COVID lockdowns,” Soldano said. 

Soldano was referring to a dormant 1931 law that would ban abortions without exceptions for rape or incest, and Whitmer’s efforts to keep it from going into effect following the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. 

Read more from Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie here.

Independent Missouri Senate candidate John Wood vows to caucus with GOP if elected

Former Jan. 6 committee investigator John Wood, who is running as an independent in the Missouri Senate race and said he would caucus with Republicans if elected, hopes to unite residents in the state and across the country.

“I’m a lifelong Republican and conservative, but the primaries for both parties have become a race to see who can become the most divisive and the most extreme,” Wood told Fox News Digital in an interview Friday. “As evidenced by the fact that all of the candidates on the Republican side seem determined, still, to try to want to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.”

Both the Republican and Democratic primary elections for Senate in the state feature a crowded field of candidates, including former GOP front-runner Eric Greitens, who, before his resignation, formerly served as the 56th governor of Missouri from 2017 to 2018.

As an independent candidate in the race, Wood’s name will appear on the ballot for November’s general election.

To read more from Fox News’ Kyle Morris, click here.

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Rinke seeks to end lasting effects of Whitmer’s COVID shutdown

Republican Michigan gubernatorial hopeful Kevin Rinke is seeking to end the lasting effects of incumbent Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID shutdowns on the state with a series of actions aimed at improving its economy and education system.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital ahead of Tuesday’s primary, the longtime businessman slammed Whitmer over the damage he said she caused Michigan’s businesses, outlined his plans to revitalize the state’s business climate and argued he is the candidate in a crowded Republican field with the best chance to win in November.

“Gov. Whitmer’s shutdowns made Michigan first in a couple of areas, and I’ll share them with you,” Rinke said. “We were first in the country in small businesses closed per capita. We were first in the country in personal income lost per capita, 9.8%. We were first in the country with the number of women who lost their jobs during COVID.

Read more from Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie here.

Arizona Senate candidates Masters, Lamon, grapple over America First label as primary heats up

Blake Masters and Jim Lamon, who are competing for a shot to unseat Sen. Mark Kelly, traded barbs as each claims to be the America First candidate in the Arizona primary.

The race is particularly crucial, since Republicans, hoping to take control of the Senate after the November midterm elections, view Kelly as vulnerable. Both candidates touted their MAGA bona fides as a pitch for the primary as well as the general election, which Cook Political Report labels as a toss-up.

“I’ve created lots of jobs in America, thousands of them—tens of thousands in counting all the companies that I’ve got,” Lamon told Fox News when touting his America First credentials. “Hiring veterans first, giving back philanthropically.”

But Masters pointed to his endorsement from former President Trump, a fact plastered on his campaign ads and on the back of his campaign van.

“President Trump endorsed me because he knows I’ll be the best in terms of securing our border,” Masters told Fox News in an exclusive interview.

To read more from Fox News’ Ethan Barton and Matt Leach, click here.

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Polls closing in Michigan, Missouri and Kansas

Polls are beginning to close in Michigan, Missouri and Kansas.

In Michigan’s gubernatorial race, former businesswoman Tudor Dixon has been seen as the front-runner in a crowded Republican primary field that included businessman Kevin Rinke and chiropractor Garrett Soldano, among others. She received endorsements from former President Donald Trump and former Michigan Gov. John Engler.

“Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib was also on the ballot, facing what could be a tough challenge from fellow Democrat, and Detroit City Clerk, Janice Winfrey, while incumbent Republican Rep. Peter Meijer could be facing a tough primary challenge from the right.

In Missouri, voters cast ballots to determine which Democrat and Republican would face off in the general election to replace retiring Republican Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, with a close race between Eric Greitens, Eric Schmitt, and Congresswoman Ricky Hartzler for the Republican nomination.

In Kansas, voters will decide which Republican candidate will likely go on to face incumbent Democrat Gov. Laura Kelly, should she win her primary, while voters in the 3rd Congressional District will determine which Republican will face vulnerable incumbent Democrat Rep. Sharice Davids. Voters also decided on a measure that could provide lawmakers in the state with the ability to regulate abortion.

Arizona gubernatorial hopeful Karrin Taylor Robson blasts ‘fraud’ Kari Lake ahead of primary

Republican Arizona gubernatorial candidate Karrin Taylor Robson criticized her opponent, Kari Lake, ahead of Tuesday’s election, referring to her as a “fraud,” a “fake,” and a “fabulous actress” for her shift from being an anti-Trump Republican to singing the former president’s praises as she seeks to win the party’s nomination for governor.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Robson detailed why she was the “better choice” over Lake to take on the likely Democratic nominee, Katie Hobbs, in the November general election, and touted her experience as a business owner and community servant as reasons primary voters should choose her on election day.

“I’m the better choice because I don’t need on the job training. I’ll tell the voters that if you want to see what that looks like, look at Kamala Harris. It’s not pretty,” Robson said, comparing Lake, a former journalist, to gaffe-prone Vice President Kamala Harris.

Read more from Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie here.

Tudor Dixon criticizes Gretchen Whitmer over education policies, damage to students during COVID

EXCLUSIVE – Republican Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon said Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is responsible for a decline in the state’s education system, due in large part to her strict COVID policies, and for vetoing a number of bills that Dixon said would have helped improve literacy. 

In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Dixon detailed what she believed led to the “decline” in how the state was teaching its children, blamed Whitmer’s administration for causing the downturn, and outlined her plans to make Michigan’s education system one of the best in the country.

“I think it’s important that we talk about [Whitmer’s] record and what she has done to the state, and first and foremost our children – what’s happened in education,” Dixon said. 

“Our kids were kept out of school for longer than most other states. In fact, if you talk to Republican governors, they would say blue states stayed out of school for twice as long as red states,” she added, referring to the extended shutdown of in-person learning statewide due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Read more from Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie here.

Three GOP front-runners in Missouri Senate race vow to oppose McConnell as Majority Leader

Three GOP front-runners competing in Missouri’s primary Senate race have all vowed that they will not support Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as Senate majority leader if the Republicans take back the chamber in November.

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., and former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens all spoke out against Minority Leader McConnell in three separate statements this week.

Schmitt was the first this week to blast the minority leader while speaking at a campaign event in Columbia, Missouri, Wednesday. “I think we need new leadership in the Senate,” Schmitt told a reporter.

To read more from Fox News’ Aubrie Spady, click here.

Trump, Pence, abortion all in spotlight as five states hold primaries on Tuesday

Former President Donald Trump’s immense sway over the Republican Party is once again on the line as five states from the Midwest to the West Coast hold primaries on Tuesday.

On the ballot in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington are high-profile gubernatorial, Senate and House nomination showdowns.

Also in the spotlight: three House Republicans who voted to impeach the then-president over the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol are fighting for their political lives as they face Trump-backed challengers; a proxy war between Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence; and a member of the so-called “Squad” of diverse, progressive House Democrats faces a primary challenge.

Kansas voters will weigh in on abortion in the first ballot box test since the Supreme Court’s conservative majority in June overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, sending the combustible issue of legalized abortion back to the states.

To read more from Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser,
click here.

Trump-backed Kari Lake shared anti-Trump ‘not my president’ meme in 2017 Facebook post

An Arizona GOP gubernatorial candidate backed by Donald Trump shared a post on Facebook stating that Trump was “Not My President” just days before the former president’s inauguration in 2017.

The anti-Trump post from Kari Lake’s account read, “Will you be protesting the inauguration? If so, which of these suggestions will you adopt? Will you boycott TV coverage? Wear black? Donate money the ACLU, NAACP or Planned Parenthood? Use the hashtag #NotMyPresident? Will you unfollow Donald Trump?”

After Fox News Digital requested a statement from the Kari Lake for Governor campaign, the post disappeared from her page.

Read more from Fox News’ Aubrie Spady here.

Trump refuses to take sides, backing ‘ERIC’ in Missouri’s combustible GOP Senate primary showdown

Former President Donald Trump on Monday backed “ERIC” in Missouri’s high profile and combative GOP Senate nomination race, on the eve of the state’s primary.

After teasing hours earlier that he would be making an endorsement in the race, Trump declined to choose between two of the three front-runners in the primary – Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens.

Instead, Trump gave his support to both of them.

“I trust the Great People of Missouri, on this one, to make up their own minds, much as they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 Elections, and I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” the former president wrote in a statement released by his Save America political action committee.

To read more from Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser, click here.

Primary challenger to Cori Bush blasts her call to defund the police, private security spending

The Democratic primary challenger to far-left “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., is calling her out over her defund the police position, as well as the massive amount of money she has spent on private security despite those calls, ahead of the Tuesday election.

In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Democratic Missouri state Sen. Steve Roberts argued voters in the state’s 1st Congressional District were feeling “buyer’s remorse” for electing Bush and vowed to work across the aisle to support policies that citizens in the district were actually concerned about, including crime.

“[Bush] continues to say that we need to defund the police department. I will tell you, at every community meeting, town hall meeting, meetings with our business leaders, they say the number one issue facing Saint Louis City and County is crime. And no one believes defunding the police is the right solution to that problem,” Roberts said.

To read more from Fox News’ Brandon Gillespie, click here.

Out-of-state donors spending millions to protect abortion in Kansas ahead of statewide vote

Kansas will become the first state in the nation to vote on abortion following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and pro-choice groups and individuals outside the state are spending millions of dollars in contributions in an attempt to influence the outcome of that vote.

On Aug. 2, voters will cast ballots on the Value Them Both constitutional amendment, which will decide whether elected representatives will have the ability to regulate abortion in Kansas after the state’s Supreme Court previously found the 1859 Kansas Constitution grants a “natural right” to abortion.

Read more from Fox News’ Kyle Morris here.

Trump-backed Washington GOP House candidates to take on pro-impeachment Republicans

Two Washington GOP House candidates, both of whom are seeking to represent two different Congressional districts in the state, will face off in their primary elections next week against incumbent Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump last year, insisting that those impeachment votes will move voters to the polls.

The two vulnerable Republicans – Third Congressional District Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Fourth Congressional District Rep. Dan Newhouse – are up against several challengers in each of their primary elections, with both seeking to fend off two different challengers who have received the backing of Trump.

In recent interviews with Fox News Digital, Loren Culp, a former Washington police chief who is challenging Newhouse, and Joe Kent, a retired Army Special Forces chief warrant officer who is challenging Beutler, insisted that the votes to impeach Trump by the two GOP House members could have an impact on Tuesday’s election.

To read more of this story from Fox News’ Kyle Morris, click here.

Gay GOP House candidate insists ‘new Republican Party’ more accepting, working to unite Americans

Corey Gibson, a Republican candidate in the race to represent Washington’s 4th Congressional District, says he believes the “new Republican Party” is uniting Americans – no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity.

While he has not made it a focus of his campaign, Gibson, speaking in a recent interview with Fox News Digital, provided insight into his campaign’s mission and how being a gay man running in a crowded primary field has had little to no effect on how voters view his candidacy.

Read more from Fox News’ Kyle Morris here.

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White House hints that it’s preparing a new military aid package for Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen taking part in the armed conflict with Russia-backed separatists in Donetsk region of the country attend the handover ceremony of military heavy weapons and equipment in Kiev on November 15, 2018.

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The White House hinted that it is preparing another military aid package for Ukraine.

“I fully expect that and I think you’re going to see another one relatively soon. I’m a little hesitant to stamp the date on the calendar but I think you can expect to see another announcement on the security assistance support very soon,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

“I don’t want to preview what’s in the package just yet,” he said. “But I do think that in general terms, you can expect to see things in line with the kinds of security assistance you’ve seen in the past.”

The upcoming package, the 17th such installment, would bring U.S. commitment to Ukraine to more than $8 billion since the war started in late February.

— Amanda Macias

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken pushes Russia’s Lavrov to release Griner and Whelan, uphold grain export deal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about US policy towards China during an event hosted by the Asia Society Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC, on May 26, 2022.

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he had a “frank and direct” conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

The call, the first since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, follows a U.S. proposal to free detained WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.

“I pressed the Kremlin to accept the substantial proposal that we put forth on the release of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner. I also emphasize that the world expects Russia to fulfill its commitments under the deal that was reached with Ukraine, Turkey and the United Nations on grain shipments from Ukraine,” Blinken said alongside Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

Blinken also said that he warned Lavrov of additional sanctions should Russia annex more of Ukraine.

“Those plans would never be accepted. The world will not recognize annexations. We will impose additional significant costs on Russia if it moves forward with its plans,” Blinken said.

— Amanda Macias

‘Russia has effectively set the UN Charter on fire,’ U.S. ambassador to the UN says

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on June 08, 2022 in Washington, DC.

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The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations slammed Russia’s war in Ukraine as the conflict heads into its sixth month.

“Russia has effectively set the U.N. Charter on fire,” U.S. Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the international forum’s Security Council.

“Since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February, the world has witnessed Russia’s flagrant violations of international law and complete disregard for the U.N. Charter and the principles of peace,” she added.

Thomas-Greenfield said that there are substantial reports of Russian forces committing human rights abuses, including the forced transfers of people to Russian territory.

She also said U.S. intelligence indicates that Russia is taking steps to annex large parts of Ukraine.

“This is galling. The acquisition of territory by force is about as clear a violation of the U.N. Charter as you can get,” she added.

“We cannot, we will not stand by and let it happen,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

— Amanda Macias

Lavrov to propose a date for a call with Blinken, their first since Russia invaded Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on April 8, 2022.

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would soon propose a date for a call with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, their first discussion since Russia invaded Ukraine.

On Wednesday, Blinken said he will discuss the U.S. proposal to free detained WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan with Lavrov “in the coming days.”

Later on Wednesday, the Kremlin said it has not yet received a request for a phone call between Lavrov and Blinken.

— Amanda Macias

More than 400 attacks have hit Ukraine’s healthcare facilities, UN says

Civilians receive medical treatment at a hospital on April 3, 2022, in Chuhuiv town, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine.

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Russia’s use of explosive weapons with a wide impact area has taken a heavy toll on Ukraine’s health sector, a top United Nations official said.

“As of 25 July, there have been 414 attacks on health care in Ukraine, resulting in 85 deaths and 100 injuries,” Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo said before the United Nations Security Council.

Access to health services, including sexual and reproductive health for women, and access to affordable child health care have also deteriorated, she said.

“The impact of the war globally is glaringly clear, consequences will only become more pronounced the longer conflict lasts particularly with the onset of winter,” DiCarlo added.

— Amanda Macias

Ukraine ready for grain shipments, Zelenskky says

A view shows silos of grain from Odesa Black Sea port, before a shipment of grain as the government of Ukraine awaits signal from UN and Turkey to start grain shipments, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine July 29, 2022.

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Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Friday that his country is ready to ship grain exports from the Black Sea ports in the south.

Earlier this month, Russia and Ukraine signed a U.N.-backed deal to resume exports of Ukrainian grain. Millions of tons of wheat have been stuck in the war-torn nation. Grain exporters in Ukrainian port cities like Odesa have been unable to ship their goods due to the conflict, fueling a global shortage of the commodity and pushing up food prices.

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Minister of Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov visit a sea port before restarting grain export, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Odesa, Ukraine July 29, 2022.

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“Our side is fully prepared. We sent all the signals to our partners — the U.N. and Turkey, and our military guarantees the security situation,” Zelenskyy reportedly said Friday.

“The infrastructure minister is in direct contact with the Turkish side and the U.N. We are waiting for a signal from them that we can start.”

—Matt Clinch

Ukraine denies carrying out missile strike on prisoner camp

Russia’s Ministry of Defense claimed Friday that 40 Ukrainian prisoners of war were killed and 75 wounded in a strike on a detention center in the town of Olenivka, in Russian-controlled Donetsk.

NBC News was not able to immediately verify the Russian claim.

Ukraine officials have denied the claim, saying they did not carry out the missile strike. The officials said that Russia is trying to cover up the “torture and murder” of Ukrainian prisoners.

“The armed forces of the Russian Federation carried out targeted artillery shelling of a correctional institution in the settlement of Olenivka, Donetsk oblast, where Ukrainian prisoners were also held,” the general staff of the Ukrainian Armed Forces said in a statement.

Russia has repeatedly denied carrying out war crimes.

—Matt Clinch

Russian forces launch missile attack on the Kyiv area

For the first time in weeks, Russian forces launched a missile attack on the Kyiv area on Thursday as Ukrainian troops concentrate on the south of the country.

Ukrainian officials said that Russia had attacked the northern Chernihiv region as well, to the northeast of Kyiv and close to the Belarus border.

Kyiv regional Governor Oleksiy Kuleba said on Telegram, according to Reuters, that 15 people had been injured with missiles hitting military installations in the Vyshhorod district, on the outskirts of Kyiv.

— Matt Clinch

Wagner Group given front-line duties by Moscow, UK says

Notorious Russian private military contractor Wagner Group has been assigned responsibility for specific sectors on the front line in Ukraine, according to Britain’s Defense Ministry.

“This is a significant change from the previous employment of the group since 2015, when it typically undertook missions distinct from overt, large-scale regular Russian military activity,” the ministry said in a tweet.

“Wagner’s role has probably changed because the Russian MoD has a major shortage of combat infantry.”

Wagner Group has long been implicated in conflicts in unstable countries around the world including Mali, Libya, Syria, Mozambique and the Central African Republic. Human rights groups accuse its mercenaries of perpetrating civilian massacres and other human rights abuses. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any connection to Wagner.

Although its structure and even existence is disputed, Wagner is believed to have first emerged during Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. The name has since become a catch-all term for an opaque and expansive network of businesses and entities.

— Elliot Smith and Matt Clinch

The hacktivist group Anonymous is ’embarrassing and demoralizing’ the Kremlin, says cybersecurity specialist

Large data leaks performed in the name of the hacktivist group Anonymous are exposing Russia’s cybersecurity defenses to be weaker than previously thought, say cybersecurity specialists.

Though Russia remains strong in its offensive capabilities, data leaks of the Central Bank of Russia, the space agency Roscosmos, several of Russia’s largest oil and gas companies and other Russian companies, have “disappointed” the cyber community, said Shmuel Gihon, a security researcher at the threat intelligence company Cyberint.

“We expected to see more strength from the Russian government,” said Gihon, “at least when it comes to their strategic assets, such as banks and TV channels, and especially the government entities.”

Anonymous has claimed responsibility for hacking more than 2,500 Russian and Belarusian sites, said Jeremiah Fowler, co-founder of the cybersecurity company Security Discovery.  

The data leaked online is so large it will take years to review, he said.

The decentralized collective of hackers has pulled the veil off Russia’s cybersecurity practices, said Fowler, which is “both embarrassing and demoralizing for the Kremlin.”

— Monica Pitrelli

White House declines to provide update on U.S. proposal to Russia for release of Griner and Whelan

US WNBA basketball superstar Brittney Griner stands inside a defendants’ cage before a hearing at the Khimki Court, outside Moscow on July 26, 2022. 

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The White House declined to give an update on talks with Russia on a U.S. offer for the immediate release of WNBA star Brittney Griner and former Marine Paul Whelan.

“I really cannot go into more detail just for the privacy and safety of the process. We are sharing that we did put a substantial offer on the table,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during a daily news briefing.

Earlier in the day, the Kremlin said that so far “there are no agreements” on a U.S. request to release Griner and Whelan from Russian custody.

The Kremlin said that Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will address a phone call request by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken when he has the time, according to a report by Interfax.

— Amanda Macias

47 million more people could face acute food insecurity if Russia’s war continues, UN says

Wheat grain pours from a machine into a storage silo on Monday, July 8, 2013. Temporary silos will be built along the border with Ukraine to help export more grain to address a growing global food crisis, U.S. President Joe Biden said, according to Reuters.

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The U.N.’s World Food Program estimates that up to 47 million more people could face acute food insecurity this year if Russia’s war in Ukraine continues.

Last week, representatives from the U.N., Turkey, Russia and Ukraine signed an agreement to reopen three Ukrainian ports, an apparent breakthrough as the Kremlin’s war on its ex-Soviet neighbor marches into its fifth month.

The deal follows a months-long blockade of dozens of Ukrainian ports sprinkled along the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea.

Less than 24 hours after the deal was signed though, Russian missiles rained down on Odesa, Ukraine’s largest port.

The United Nations Secretary-General has previously warned that the armed conflict in Ukraine is threatening to unleash “an unprecedented wave of hunger and destitution, leaving social and economic chaos in its wake.”

— Amanda Macias

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Russian troops have withdrawn from Snake Island

Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops have evacuated Snake Island, a remote island off the south of Ukraine that was occupied by Russian forces on the first day of the invasion.

Russia’s Ministry of Defense also confirmed the withdrawal has taken place from the island, which is locally known as Zmiinyi Island, describing it as an act “of goodwill.”

Andriy Yermak, President Zelenskyy’s chief of staff, tweeted this morning that there were no Russian troops on Snake Island anymore while an official message from Ukraine’s southern operational command said Russian forces had “hastily evacuated” the island which is a strategic outpost in the Black Sea.

“During the night, as a result of the successful next stage of the military operation with strikes by our missile and artillery units on Snake Island, the enemy hastily evacuated the remnants of the garrison with two speed boats and, presumably, left the island,” the operational command said on Facebook.

It added that currently, Snake island “is covered in fire, explosions are heard” with the final outcome of the operation still being investigated.

In a briefing by Russia’s Ministry of Defense on Thursday, it confirmed the withdrawal, stating:

“On June 30, as a step of goodwill, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation completed the fulfillment of their tasks on Zmeiny Island and withdrew the garrison stationed there.”

It said the move “demonstrated to the world community that the Russian Federation does not hinder the efforts of the UN to organize a humanitarian corridor for the export of agricultural products from the territory of Ukraine.”

Russia said the decision “will not allow Kyiv to speculate on the impending food crisis, referring to the impossibility of exporting grain due to Russia’s total control of the northwestern part of the Black Sea.”

It said it was “now it is up to the Ukrainian side” to clear the Black Sea coast of mines — which both sides have accused each other of planting in the sea, and blaming these for hindering exports of vital produce.

Holly Ellyatt

Ukraine’s forces must avoid being encircled by Russians, UK says

Britain’s Ministry of Defense has given its latest intelligence update on the state of fighting in Ukraine, noting that the country’s armed forces continue to hold their positions in the city of Lysychansk following their withdrawal from Severodonetsk.

Russian forces, meanwhile, continue to pursue an approach of “creeping envelopment” from the Popasna direction, due south from Lysychansk, removing the need to force a major new crossing of the Siverskyi Donets river (which separates Severodonetsk from Lysychansk), the U.K. noted in its update on Twitter on Thursday.

The ministry said it is highly likely “that Ukrainian forces’ ability to continue fighting delaying battles, and then withdraw troops in good order before they are encircled, will continue to be a key factor in the outcome of the campaign.”

Current ground combat is likely focused around the Lyschansk oil refinery, 10 kilometers southwest of the city center, the U.K. added, backing up similar information from Ukraine’s armed forces this morning.

“At the operational level, Russian forces continue to make limited progress as they attempt to encircle Ukrainian defenders in northern Donetsk province via advances from Izium.”

— Holly Ellyatt

City of Lysychansk under ‘constant shelling’ as battle rages to control wider region

Ukrainian soldiers in the eastern Luhansk region on June 23, 2022. On Wednesday, Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk region where the fighting is most severe, said that the city of Lysychansk is under “constant shelling.”

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While global attention has been on the NATO summit taking place this week in Spain, in Ukraine, the battle for control of the Donbas in the east continues to rage.

On Wednesday, Serhiy Haidai, the governor of the Luhansk region where the fighting is most severe, said that the city of Lysychansk is under “constant shelling.”

“Orcs are constantly trying to storm Lysychansk, fighting continues on the outskirts, the city itself is under constant fire,” Haidai said in a post on Facebook last night. Ukrainian officials regularly describe Russian fighters as “orcs” after the brutish characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings.”

Lysychansk is the twin city across the Siverskyi Donets river from Severodonetsk, which was seized by Russian forces last weekend after a tactical retreat by Ukrainian fighters. Haidai said around 15,000 civilians remain in Lysychansk although a “quiet,” inconspicuous evacuation is taking place.

In its latest military update on the Russian invasion on Thursday morning, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine said Thursday that Russian troops are carrying out attacks and “battles are ongoing” in the area of the Lysychansk oil refinery.

“In Donetsk direction, the enemy, with the support of artillery, is trying to block the town of Lysychansk and take control of a section of Lysychansk-Bakhmut highway,” Ukraine said, adding that Russian forces were firing at civilian infrastructure in nearby settlements.

Russian forces are heavily focused on gaining territory in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions that are part of the wider Donbas in east Ukraine. It is Russia’s expressed aim to control the territory, where two pro-Russian separatist “republics” are located.

Russian President Vladimir Putin reiterated on Wednesday that the so-called “liberation” of the Donbas was his main goal, as well as “the protection of these people [in the pro-Russian areas], and the creation of conditions that would guarantee the security of Russia itself.”

‘Everything was going fine between us’: Putin expresses dismay at NATO expansion

“There’s nothing that might concern us in terms of Finland and Sweden becoming NATO members. If they want to then please, go ahead,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday.

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President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will “respond in kind” if NATO infrastructure and troops are deployed in Sweden and Finland when they join the alliance.

“There’s nothing that might concern us in terms of Finland and Sweden becoming NATO members. If they want to then please, go ahead,” he said on Wednesday.

“But they should clearly understand they didn’t face any threats before this. Now, if NATO infrastructure and troops are deployed we will be compelled to respond in kind and create the same threats for the territories where the threats towards us are created,” he added.

“It’s obvious — don’t they understand that? Everything was going fine between us but now there will be tensions. This is obvious and inevitable.”

Putin’s comments came as NATO leaders and their allies met in Madrid on Wednesday. At the summit, the alliance pledged to strengthen their support for Ukraine and called Russia a “direct threat” to its security. It also formally welcomed Sweden and Finland — historically non-aligned countries — to join the alliance.

The leaders of both Nordic countries said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changed the dial for them when it came to deciding to apply to join NATO. Russia is aggrieved by the expansion as its land border with NATO territories will now roughly double. It has a 830-mile border with prospective member Finland and borders five other NATO members: Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland and Norway.

Holly Ellyatt

UK announces 1 billion pounds in military support to Ukraine

Azov Regiment soldiers fire weapons during target practice on June 28, 2022 in the Kharkiv region, Ukraine. The U.K. will provide another 1 billion pounds ($1.2 billion) of military support to Ukraine, Reuters said citing the British government.

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Russia has not shown meaningful attempt at diplomacy, Blinken says at NATO

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks about US policy towards China during an event hosted by the Asia Society Policy Institute at George Washington University in Washington, DC, on May 26, 2022.

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the U.S. has not seen meaningful Russian diplomacy in ending the war in Ukraine.

“We have not seen any interest on the part of Vladimir Putin in engaging in any kind of meaningful diplomatic initiative,” Blinken said during the NATO Madrid Summit. “But in any event, as we’ve said from the start, it’s really important that the Ukrainians define the terms of any potential negotiation,” he added.

America’s top diplomat said that the U.S. will continue to send security assistance to Ukraine in order to mitigate and repel Russian aggression.

“When a negotiating table eventually does emerge, which at some point it will, they [Ukraine] have the strongest possible hand to play at the negotiating table,” he said.

— Amanda Macias

‘If Russia is not stopped in Ukraine, NATO will inevitably be drawn into the war,’ Ukrainian official warns

A Ukrainian serviceman talks by phone as he walks through the rubbles of a building of the Polytechnic Sports Complex of the Kharkiv National Technical University after it was hit by Russian missile in Kharkiv on June 24, 2022, amid Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

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Ukrainian official Andriy Yermak said that Russia will most likely push its war beyond Ukraine’s borders into NATO-member territory, according to an NBC news translation.

“History has taught us that the aggressor’s appetites grow with each concession,” Yermak, the head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, said on the Telegram messaging app.

“That is why the security of not only Europe but all of humanity is under threat. And we believe that if Russia is not stopped in Ukraine, NATO will inevitably be drawn into the war,” he said, calling for more weapons and ammunition for Ukrainian forces.

“Russia is increasingly convinced that it cannot defeat Ukraine on the battlefield. That is why they increasingly resort to bloody terror and the killing of civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure,” he added.

— Amanda Macias

Biden thanks Erdogan for allowing Finland and Sweden to join NATO

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U.S. President Joe Biden thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for agreeing to allow Sweden and Finland into the NATO military alliance.

“I want to particularly thank you for what you did putting together with the situation with regard to Finland and Sweden and all the incredible work you’re doing to try to get grain out of Ukraine, I was telling you, you’re doing a great job. I want to thank you,” Biden said alongside his Turkish counterpart.

Erdogan thanked Biden for renewed U.S. commitment to strengthening NATO and said the alliance will have to work together to resolve the mounting food crisis, Russian naval blockade of Ukraine’s ports and issues related to oil and natural gas.

 — Amanda Macias

Ukraine releases dramatic footage of shopping mall strike

Ukraine’s government has released footage showing the missile that hit the Amstor shopping mall in the city of Kremenchuk in central Ukraine on Monday, a strike that killed at least 20 people and injured 59 others.

The video, which shows CCTV footage from a machinery plant near the mall on Monday, was shown in Ukraine’s President Zelenskyy nightly address on Tuesday, and posted on Facebook.

CNBC has not been able to independently verify that the missile is a Kh-22 as stated in the tweet, and has been stated by several Ukrainian officials.

Kh-22 missiles are large, long-range anti-ship missiles that were developed by the Soviet Union and first used in the early 1960s, intended for use against U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in the Cold War.

The strike on the shopping mall was condemned as a war crime by Western leaders. For its part, Russia said it was targeting a depot of weapons donated by the U.S. and Europe that it said was located near the mall, a claim dismissed by Ukraine.

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