Focus: Gubernatorial elections, which are attracting attention in the US midterm elections, have a large impact on abortion and voting rights | Reuters

PHOENIX (Reuters) – About 12 states are expected to go head-to-head in the U.S. midterm elections on Wednesday, with the outcome likely to have major implications for issues such as abortion, voting rights and gun control. is.

In the U.S. midterm elections, about 12 gubernatorial races are expected to be close, and the results are expected to have a major impact on issues such as abortion, voting rights and gun control. A person passes in front of a banner for Kari Lake, Trump’s candidate for governor of Arizona. FILE PHOTO: Mesa, Texas October 2022. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Midterm elections are usually focused on the battle for control of Congress, and state-level elections tend to get relatively little attention.

Democrats want to keep governors in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan. It will veto any bills that restrict abortion rights or voting rights passed by the legislatures of three Republican-controlled states.

A Republican victory in a battleground state such as Arizona could affect the 2024 presidential election. In some of those states, party candidates are backing former President Trump’s false claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

The Arizona gubernatorial race is expected to be one of the tightest in the nation, with Trump’s favorite Kari Lake repeating allegations of election fraud and vowing to ban mail-in ballots if elected. .

Meanwhile, Democratic nominee Secretary of State Hobbes made headlines during the 2020 presidential election by defending Arizona’s election results.

Thirty-six of the nation’s 50 states will hold gubernatorial elections in Tuesday’s election, most of which are expected to be held by Democrats or Republicans. Republicans currently hold governorships in 28 states and Democrats in 22.

In Florida, incumbent Republican Governor DeSantis, who is expected to run for president in 2024, is expected to beat Democratic nominee Charlie Christ.

Incumbent Republican Governor Abbott is expected to win a third term in Texas after Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke launched a vigorous campaign.

In Georgia, Republican Governor Kemp is likely to win again against Democrat Stacey Abrams, who he faced in the 2018 election.

Democrats, on the other hand, are expected to wrest the governorships from Republicans in Maryland and Massachusetts, but are expected to struggle in several other states.

In Oregon, which will be a three-way race, Democratic and Republican candidates are in a close race, and the Democratic vote will flow to the independent candidate, and there is a possibility that the Republican governor will be elected for the first time in 40 years.

Under these circumstances, President Biden appealed for support at a rally in New York on the 6th. In the state, Republican candidate Lee Zeldin has pushed hard on crime, squeezing Gov. Hawkle’s lead to single digits.

As in Congress, Democrats have warned that a Republican victory would jeopardize abortion rights and voting rights. Republican candidates have focused primarily on crime and the economy, accusing Democrat policies of causing inflation.

Michigan Governor Whitmer, a Democrat, made abortion a focal point of his campaign. Trump’s Republican nominee, Tudor Dixon, supports a near-total abortion ban.

In Wisconsin, Democrat Governor Evers is also facing a close race with anti-abortion Republican candidate Tim Michels. There are also concerns about how Michels will handle future elections, saying at a recent rally that if he wins, “the Republicans will never lose an election in Wisconsin again.” is emerging.

In Pennsylvania, the governor appoints a secretary of state to administer elections. In the final weekend before the election, President Biden, former President Barack Obama and former President Trump all went out to support candidates in the state.

Republican candidate Doug Mastriano has repeated Trump’s false allegations of election fraud, and on January 6, he traveled to the US Capitol to protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

Democratic nominee Shapiro Attorney General is leading the polls.

(Tim Reid, Daniel Trotta)

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