WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Two staunch conservatives in Congress on Tuesday rejected more centrist options to close the Republican nomination, even as party voters set to be elected to a six-term term in Mississippi. Chosen.
Illinois Republican Rep. Mary Miller during a weekend rally with former President Donald Trump in Roe v. Wade got his primary victory over fellow incumbent Rep. Rodney Davis just days after he called the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a “historic victory for white lives.” Her spokesperson said she misquoted.
Another Trump aide, Colorado Rep. Lauren BoebertOne of the most polarizing members of Congress, easily withstood the challenge of more mainstream Republicans.
Mississippi Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo lost to Sheriff Mike Ezel in a rare runoff. But his Republican House aide, Michael Guest, won a runoff race in the state, despite voting to disregard Trump and create an independent commission to investigate last year’s rebellion at the US Capitol.
In Illinois, Democratic Rep. Sean Castane defeated Progressive Representative Mary Newman for a seat in suburban Chicago after a declining population cost the state a House seat.
In all, Congress’ primary elections, primary runoff or special elections were held in six states. In addition to testing Trump’s national influenceHe indicated how voters are reacting to the High Court’s decision on abortion,
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Boebert’s staying power
A first-time firebrand, Boebert saw his GOP-leaning third congressional district in western Colorado become even more Republican after redistribution. He had no trouble with liberal state representative Don Corum, a farmer and cannabis farmer who criticized Boubert’s extremism.
Boebert protested his gun-toting Second Amendment credentials and the COVID-19 restrictions, which forced his “Shooter” restaurant to close briefly.
Long known for his controversial statements, Boebert said on Sunday, “I am tired of this separation of church and state junk that is not in the Constitution.”
The phrase does not appear explicitly in the Constitution, although the First Amendment states, “Congress shall not make any law with respect to an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof.” Thomas Jefferson was president when he wrote in an 1802 letter that such phrases should equate to a “wall of separation” between church and state.
Boebert called Jefferson’s writings a “stinking letter”.
In Colorado’s deeply conservative El Paso County, meanwhile, eight-term Republican Representative Doug Lambourn shrugged off a challenge from the authority of state Representative Dave Williams for his 5th congressional district seat. Williams failed to get the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon”, code for an obscenity against President Joe Biden, added to his name on the ballot.
Lambourn is facing an ongoing House ethics investigation into whether he misused official resources for personal purposes. He is a strong opponent of abortion and supports the significant US military presence in Colorado Springs.
Two office bearers lost in Illinois
Miller bested Davis for the GOP nomination in a sprawling, heavily red district in central Illinois that had been relegated to a congressional seat after the state’s shrinking population.
Miller, first elected in 2020, is no stranger to controversy. He quoted Adolf Hitler as saying during a rally soon after winning his seat that “Hitler was right on one thing. He said, ‘He who has youth has a future.'” after his resignation by the Democrats in Illinois later. He apologized after being called. She also voted against certifying Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election and is a member of the far-right House Freedom Caucus.
Saturday Night, She Commented “White Life” When Trump stood behind him at a rally in Mendon, cheering from the crowd. Miller has since said he is not a racist, and his spokesman said he intended to say the ruling was a victory for the “right to life.”
Davis was a co-chair of Trump’s 2020 Illinois campaign, but he voted to certify the 2020 presidential election results. He had the support of nearly all 35 county party chairs in the district and vowed to “reapply” Trump’s policies, including closing the US-Mexico border.
In the state’s Sixth Congressional District, Castane defeated her fellow Democratic aide Newman, who was first elected to the House in 2020. She is facing an ongoing House Ethics Committee investigation into whether she promised federal employment to a political rival.
Castane is a two-time congressman who in 2018 flipped a suburban seat that Republicans held for decades.
Jesse Jackson’s son wins Democratic primary
Jonathan Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, emerged from a crowded field to replace 15-term Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush, the only legislator who had ever defeated Barack Obama in a race. Obama challenged Rush in the 2000 US House primary and lost.
The heavily Democratic first congressional district that Jackson will now run to represent in November was redrawn after the 2020 census and now stretches from Chicago’s South Side to Kankakee.
In the open 17th Congressional District of Illinois, Esther Joy King won the GOP nomination, while former meteorologist Eric Sorensen won the Democratic nomination. Those five-term Democratic Rep. Cheri is vying to replace Bustos, who decided to seek re-election in largely rural areas of northwest Illinois.
In the heavily Democratic 7th District of Illinois, Chicago’s longtime Democratic Rep. Danny Davis defeated progressive and gun violence prevention activist Kina Collins on Tuesday – though the margin was narrower than her commanding primary victory over her in 2020.
Mississippi Runoffs: One Win, One Loss
One of two Mississippi congressmen facing a rare primary runoff election lost his seat.
The palazzo blames the coronavirus pandemic and the Biden administration for its defeat to Sheriff Ezzel, a coastal county. But the congressman was also accused in a 2021 congressional ethics report of misusing his office by unfairly diverting campaign funds.
He said Mississippi voters “hired me to fight an awakened, liberal agenda and push back against government redundancy, and I have done so for 12 years.”
But Palazzo also said: “He took his anger out on me because of what the Biden administration is doing to this country, with Covid.”
Ezel said he won because of forged connections during his more than 40 years in law enforcement. “When people call and need something, I’m accessible to them.”
Meanwhile, Guest won a third term after being forced into a runoff against former Navy fighter pilot Michael Cassidy.
Nebraska special elections overlap with sentencing
Jeff Fortenberry, a former Republican Representative from Nebraska, was sentenced to probation For lying to federal agents on Tuesday as voters chose a replacement for the rest of his term.
State Republican Rep. Mike Flood succeeded Fortenberry by defeating Democrat Patty Pansing Brooks in a special election, who served nine terms in a Republican-heavy district that includes Lincoln and dozens of smaller, rural communities. They will compete again in November to determine who serves a new term beginning in January.
Fortenberry resigned in March after pleading guilty to deliberately misleading FBI agents about his knowledge of illegal, $30,000 campaign contributions from a Nigerian billionaire at a 2016 fundraiser in Los Angeles.
A judge sentenced him to two years’ probation, a $25,000 fine, and community service.
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