NEW YORK ( Associated Press) — Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Meijer on Tuesday lost to the primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump as he and two other Republican US House members who voted to impeach Trump Struggled to hang on to their seats.
“A constitutional republic like ours needs leaders who are ready to face great challenges, to find common ground when possible, and to put their love of the country before partisan gains,” Meijer said. said in a statement before the Associated Press. His challenger, John Gibbs. “While this was not the outcome we expected, I will continue to do everything I can to move the Republican Party, West Michigan and our country in a positive direction.”
The primaries for the other two House Republicans who voted for impeachment, Washington State Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse were too early to call Wednesday morning. The three races were the biggest test ever for GOP office-bearers, who broke up with Trump when a crowd of his supporters stormed the US Capitol. To retain him in power on January 6, 2021. Trump has vowed revenge against 10 House Republicans who crossed party lines for the impeachment vote, and he backed GOP challengers in midterm elections.,
Among other races, Rep. Haley Stevens kicked Representative Andy Levine out of Congress after prevailing in her Democratic primary in Michigan. Democratic Missouri Rep. Corey Bush and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, both members of the progressive “squad” in Congress, sailed through her primary elections. In Arizona, a key figure in the QAnon conspiracy movement was lagging badly in his Republican primary.
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Voters face off after impeachment votes
Meijer, a Michigan lawmaker who voted for impeachment just days after being sworn in for his first term, lost to the Trump-backed GibbsA businessman and missionary who served in the Trump administration under Housing Secretary Ben Carson.
Gibbs argued that Meijer is not a true Republican because he voted to impeach Trump, and in June President Joe Biden chastised Meijer for supporting a bipartisan gun control law signed into law.
In November, Gibbs will face Democrat Hillary Sholton in the state’s Democratic-leaning Third Congressional District.
In Washington state, Herrera Beitler and Newhouse have an advantage over Meijer because their primaries are nonpartisan, and the top two vote-getters, regardless of political party, will go on to a general election in November. Each faces several Republican candidates in congested areas, which increases the likelihood that their opponents will split votes.
herrera beetlerwho has been in Congress since 2011, was second on Wednesday morning in the Third Congressional District, behind Democrat Mary Perez but slightly ahead of fellow Republican Joe Kent., Kent, a former Green Beret whose wife was killed by a suicide bomber in Syria in 2019, has been endorsed by Trump. He has fiercely propagated the former president’s lie that the 2020 election was stolen.
In a Zoom call with reporters after the initial returns were posted, Herrera Beutler said she was “cautiously optimistic” about the results, which indicate she could go ahead with Democratic rival Mary Glusenkamp Perez until November.
“If I get through this, I’m not going to change, I’m not going to be a different person,” she said. “No one will work harder for this district than me.”
Newhouse had a narrow lead over Democrat Doug White in the Fourth Congressional District, whom Newhouse has represented since 2015. Republican Lauren CulpA former small-town police chief, backed by Trump, was third in early returns.
Four of the 10 House Republicans who voted for impeachment opted not to run for re-election in this year’s midterm election., To the doers, South Carolina’s Representative Tom Rice lost for Trump-backed challenger in June, while Representative David Valladao of California survived a primary challenge. Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming is ready to give up. N him on August 16 against a Trump-backed opponent in the primary.
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ron watkinsOne of the most prominent figures in the QAnon conspiracy movement, will not go to Congress this year.
Watkins was dead last in his early return in his Republican primary for Arizona’s vast Second Congressional District. He served as a longtime administrator of online message boards, which helped seed the conspiracy movement, whose followers believe a group of diabolical, cannibalistic child molesters secretly run the world. .
Watkins no longer runs message boards and has denied promoting the QAnon movement. He said he was running for Congress because he hopes to “fix the machine from the inside”.
He was considered a long shot in crowded GOP territory, fundraising campaigns by other candidates.
State Reps Walter Blackman and Eli Crane, a former Navy SEAL who owns a bottle-opening business and was endorsed by Trump, were top of the fray Tuesday night. The winner will face Democratic US Rep. Tom O’Halleran in November in a district that favors Republicans.
From Colleagues to Competitors
Stevens’ victory over Levine in a newly created 11th Congressional District in suburban Detroit favors the Democrats, meaning Stevens is likely to win the seat in November’s general election.
Stevens received a financial boost from the United Democracy Project, a super PAC initiated by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commonly referred to as AIPAC. Levin, a progressive member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has been highly critical of Israel’s record on human rights.
The Congresswoman flipped a district in 2018 that had long been held by Republicans. Before running for office, he led auto bailouts under President Barack Obama.
Levine also won his first term in 2018, succeeding his father, Rep. Sandy occupied the seat long held by “Sandy” Levine. He was endorsed by censors Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
In Michigan, Tlaib defeated three Democratic challengers as she seeks a third term in office this year. Because of redistribution, she is contesting a new Detroit-area district that favors the Democrats, so she can easily take the 12th Congressional District seat in November. Tlaib’s main competitor was longtime Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey, who had strong name recognition in the city.
Bush’s victory in Missouri came when he ran his first election campaign in the state’s first congressional district. He defeated State Sen. Steve Roberts, who ran his campaign on the idea that Bush, an outspoken advocate for denigrating the police and putting money into social services and mental health programs, was too liberal even for heavily Democratic St.
Bush touted his achievements, including persuading the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up radioactive waste near St. Louis County Creek, emphasizing climate change action and taking a stand against evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic .
10 Years After Tucson Shooting, Intern Asked for Gifts’ Seat
Daniel Hernandez Jr., Hero intern credited with saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords After an assassination attempt in 2011, she was running for her former seat in Congress, but lost a Democratic primary.
Hernandez was a 20-year-old student for the Giffords in his first week of college when he went to their “Congress on Your Corner” component event. There a gunman opened fire, killing six and injuring 13. Hernandez kept the Democratic congresswoman alert and held pressure on her head wound until paramedics arrived.
Associated Press writers Sarah Burnett in Chicago, Felicia Fonseca in Flagstaff, Ariz., Joy Capelletti in Lansing, Mich., Jonathan J. Cooper in Phoenix, Rachel La Corte in Olympia, Wash. and Jim Salter in St. Louis contributed. report good.
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