ICYMI: Top stories of the week

We’ve got Aug. 2 election results!

On Tuesday, we covered elections in six states—Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, and Washington. Here are some results highlights:

  • Eric Schmitt won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Missouri. Schmitt defeated Vicky Hartzler, Eric Greitens, and seventeen other candidates.
  • John Gibbs defeated Incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer in the Republican primary for Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. Meijer was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump (R) following the breach of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump endorsed Gibbs in this primary.
  • Kari Lake won the Republican primary for governor of Arizona. Incumbent Gov. Doug Ducey (R) is term-limited.

See full election results at the link below.

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Upcoming minimum wage ballot measures

Last week, the One Fair Wage campaign in Michigan announced it submitted more than 610,000 signatures in its effort to place $15 minimum wage initiative on the ballot in 2024.

Here’s an overview of other minimum wage ballot measure activity:

  • There is one minimum wage measure certified for the ballot this year—the Nevada Minimum Wage Amendment. The amendment would increase the minimum wage in the state to $12 per hour by July 1, 2024.
  • A second minimum wage measure could appear on the ballot this year in Nebraska. Signatures are currently being verified for that citizen-initiated measure. The initiative would increase the minimum wage to $15 by January 1, 2026.
  • The California $18 Minimum Wage Initiative will be on the ballot there in 2024.

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Turnout for Kansas’ Aug. 2 abortion ballot measure

On Aug. 2, Kansans rejected an amendment to provide that the state constitution does not secure a right to abortion. The vote was 58.8% No to 41.2% Yes. Based on unofficial results, 908,745 people voted on the constitutional amendment compared to 727,360 in the gubernatorial primaries and 718,545 in the U.S. Senate primaries. Turnout on the amendment exceeded overall turnout at the 2018 (457,598) and 2020 (636,032) state primaries.

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Candidate filings before and after Dobbs draft ruling

On May 2, Politico released a draft majority opinion from the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case before the Supreme Court. We compared candidate filings between states whose filing deadlines came before May 2 and those whose filing deadlines came after. We found that candidate filings remained similar between both sets of states to what we have seen across previous election cycles.

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A look at Tennessee’s Aug. 4 primaries

Most states hold their primaries—and general elections—on Tuesdays. Not so for Tennessee, which held its primaries on Thursday, Aug. 4. All of Tennessee’s U.S. House districts are up for election this year, along with the office of governor, 17 districts in the state Senate, and all 99 state House districts. Voters in Memphis and Nashville also decided local ballot measures.

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