Live updates: Arizona, Michigan and Missouri election results 2022 – CNN

From left, Kari Lake, Blake Masters and Mark Finchem are Trump-backed election deniers seeking office in Arizona.
From left, Kari Lake, Blake Masters and Mark Finchem are Trump-backed election deniers seeking office in Arizona. (AP)

A significant trend that tonight’s primary elections are displaying is that in critical battleground states like Michigan and Arizona, election deniers are seeking positions of election oversight, CNN Political Director David Chalian said. 

“It’s not just the commitment to the big lie that Donald Trump tells about the 2020 election. What I think is so important about tonight in Arizona and in Michigan, two critical battleground states, two states that will help determine who the next President, you have these election deniers seeking positions of oversight of elections,” Chalian told CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Chalian noted that the primaries tonight highlight a potential “danger” if election deniers do gain election oversight seats because there is a possibility they could overturn a future election.

“So everything we look at with the Jan. 6 committee. You mentioned Rusty Bowers, there were people who stood up and said, ‘No,’ right? Like, ‘it’s going to be country over party for me.’ That happened in enough places with enough Republican officials to turn Donald Trump’s efforts away,” Chalian noted.

“Now, you have these people who are committed to not just expressing his lies and repeating them, but actually, potentially, committed to overturning elections that they would then have oversight over, if they didn’t like the results. That’s what I think the biggest danger is in the way in which the Republican primaries play out tonight,” he said.

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