Newhouse, who voted to question Trump, will advance to Washington District basic election, AP initiatives
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Rep. Dan Newhouse, one of the 10 Republican lawmakers who voted to impeach Donald Trump after the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, has advanced to the general election and has challenged a candidate backed by the former president survived.
Newhouse has progressed from Tuesday’s bipartisan primary in Washington’s 4th congressional district, the Associated Press forecast Friday. He meets Democrat Doug White, also predicted by the Associated Press to advance to Friday’s general election.
Meanwhile, in the neighboring 3rd Circuit, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R) found himself in close competition with Joe Kent, a Trump-backed veteran who has described those arrested in the Jan. 6 investigation as “political prisoners.”
Under Washington state’s bipartisan primary system, all candidates regardless of party are listed on the same primary ballot, and the top two finishers advance to the general election. Though somewhat unique in format, the Washington state primary served as the latest test of the ability of Republicans who have opposed Trump to survive his efforts to unseat them.
Of the other GOP lawmakers who voted to impeach Trump, four announced they would retire from Congress. Rep. Tom Rice (SC) and Peter Meijer (Mich.) lost their primary, while Rep. David G. Valadao (California) survived his all-party primary.
The Aug. 16 primary in Wyoming will decide the political fate of the group’s final representative, Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), who is vice chair of the House Special Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack.
The Democratic Party’s campaign committee had spent money to help conservative challengers from Meijer and Valadao and is targeting both districts in November. The national party isn’t focused on Washington’s 4th congressional district, the most staunch Republican portion of the state, which Trump won by nearly 20 points in 2020.
In that district, Newhouse faced Trump-backed challenger Loren Culp.
In Herrera Beutler’s 3rd Ward race, the candidate who claims second place in the general election meets Marie Gluesenkamp Perez, a garage owner who the AP says will rise.
Newhouse and Herrera Beutler had clearly outperformed their opponents and were hoping to capitalize on a crowded field of pro-Trump challengers. Both have lost significant Republican support since their re-elections in 2020, when they won more than 50 percent of all party primaries.
Herrera Beutler has also spoken publicly about a key phone call during the attack on the Capitol between Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). Trump “first repeated the untruth that it was Antifa that invaded the Capitol,” said Herrera Beutler, who McCarthy told her.
According to Herrera Beutler, after McCarthy Trump said his supporters were storming the Capitol, Trump responded, “Well, Kevin, I think these people are more upset about the election than you are.”
Culp, a former sheriff and gubernatorial candidate who was backed by Trump, predicted in a pre-election interview that Newhouse would struggle to unite Republican voters. The district, he said, wanted more conservative representation than Newhouse had delivered.
“Everyone I talk to is sick of him,” Culp said. “Not only did he vote for impeachment of President Trump and for the January 6 commission, he voted for anti-gun laws, he voted for big government spending.”
When it came to Herrera Beutler’s primary, national Democrats didn’t spend money, seeing a southwest Washington district that voted for Trump by a single digit margin as a difficult target at a half when the party is on the defensive. While Herrera Beutler regularly rushed ahead of the GOP ticket, Kent said in an interview that the popularity of Trump and his agenda is underestimated.
“No Republican voter wakes up in the morning and is like, ‘Gosh, what are Kevin McCarthy and Lindsey Graham saying about the issues of the day?’ ‘ said Kent. “They’re looking for the ‘America First’ message, which comes from Trump, comes from Matt Gaetz, comes from Marjorie Taylor Greene,” he added, naming some far-right members of Congress who have polarized.
In an interview, Perez said the seat was up for grabs in a race against Kent, which she described as a “classic package of great hair and bad ideas.”