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Rice loses House seat after impeaching Trump; the mace remains

by Meg Kinnard

CHARLESTON, SC ( Associated Press) – US Representative Tom Rice of South Carolina has been kicked out of Congress in his Republican primary after voting to impeach Donald Trump over the January 6 rebellion. He is the first of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump so that he could lose re-election.

Rice, a five-time congressman, was defeated on Tuesday by state Representative Russell Fry, who was endorsed by Trump. Rice was a strong supporter of Trump’s policies in Washington, but said he was left with no choice but to impeach Trump for failing to pacify the crowd, which violently sought to prevent authentication of Joe Biden’s victory. were demanding.

U.S. Representative Nancy Mays of South Carolina also angered Trump, but she sought to amend and win her GOP primary over her own Trump-backed challenger.

In the other race on Tuesday, in Nevada, Democratic Rep. Dinah Titus defeated her progressive opponent, while Republican Rep. Mark Amodei took up the challenge from the son of one of the state’s most famous sports figures. In Maine, a former Republican congressman is hoping to regain his seat in November in a rematch with the Democrats who defeated him four years ago.

In Texas, Republican Myra Flores undercut Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic majority in the House by winning a special primary election to serve the remaining months of former Democratic Rep. Philemon Vela’s term.

Key congressional races in Tuesday’s primary elections in Maine, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas:

The two South Carolina republicans who surpass Trump have different fates

Rice, who attracted half a dozen GOP challengers following his vote to impeach Trump, stood by his decision, admitting it could lead to his expulsion, but adding that he had Conscience followed.

Fry, the House Majority Whip, has served in the South Carolina State House since 2015. Trump campaigned with Fry earlier this year in the 7th Congressional District, a Republican stronghold that includes the tourist hotspots of Myrtle Beach and many inland, rural areas. region.

Trump vowed revenge against 10 House Republicans who crossed party lines to impeach him. Four out of 10 decided against seeking re-election. Fifth, Representative David Valladao of California is still waiting to hear the results of his primary election last week; He is fighting for second place in a race where the top two finishers advance to the general election in November.

Trump had less luck in his quest to oust Mace, who managed to challenge Tuesday’s primary from former state Representative Katie Arrington in South Carolina’s first congressional district, which also includes Charleston. Despite her anger toward Mace for criticizing her over her role in the January 6 Capital rebellion, she congratulated Tuesday and predicted she would win in November.

In her victory speech, Mays thanked her high-profile endorsers, including former UN ambassador Nikki Haley and former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

When asked how she would work to maintain the district that had changed political hands over the past two election cycles, Mays remained committed to the same bipartisan outreach that Arrington criticized for her.

“I’m willing to work with anyone who wants to work with me, full stop,” Mays told reporters.

Unlike Rice, Mays sought to make amends to anger Trump. Earlier this year, she filmed a video outside Trump Tower in New York to remind her constituents that she was one of the former president’s early supporters.

Mace will face Democrat Annie Andrews in the general election.

Republican Flips US House Seat In Texas

Republicans clinched an additional House seat for the rest of the year in a special election victory that they see as a sign of things to come along Texas’ heavily Hispanic southern border.

Flores will serve the final months of former Democratic Representative Philemon Vela’s term. He left the Congress earlier this year for the private sector.

His victory Tuesday over three other challengers – including two Democrats – is a symbolically significant victory for Republicans, who have spent the past two years aggressively trying to make new inroads with Hispanic voters in South Texas.

Flores is the daughter of migrant workers and a local GOP organizer. She will also be the GOP candidate for the seat in November, but the election will take place under a new district map that is more favorable to Democrats.

His opponent would be Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who moved from a neighboring district because of redistribution.

The primary challenger in Nevada’s safest Goop House seat

Representative Mark Amodei is facing a primary challenge from a perennial candidate with a well-known surname.

Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, son of the great University of Nevada Danny Tarkanian, is trying to knock out a six-term incumbent in the sprawling, rural North District that no Democrat has won in 40 years.

Over the years, Tarkanian has launched two Senate campaigns and lost several Congressional bids in two other districts. But he caused enough stir in 2018 in a primary challenger to Sen. Dean Heller that Trump intervened to persuade him to leave the House and run for the House again.

Amodei won a special election for the seat in 2011, when Heller was appointed to fill an unexpected Senate term. Amodei, a member of the House Appropriations Committee, has easily returned past primary challenges in the past.

Nevada Democrat Wins State’s Worst District

Titus, the dean of Nevada’s congressional delegation, easily defeated a progressive challenger from Amy Villala in the state’s most liberal district.

Villela, who lost a primary bid in a neighboring district to Rep. Steven Horsford in 2018, was backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Cory Bush of Missouri.

Titus, who has one of the most liberal voting records in Congress, was a prominent advocate for Biden during his 2020 presidential campaign. She has served six House terms and chaired a transportation subcommittee.

She has complained about how Nevada redraws its congressional districts after the 2020 census, turning it into a safely Democratic district, where the party’s registered voters have a margin of only one point.

The former Maine Congressman will face the 2018 rematch in November

A former congressman in a bid to return to his old seat in Maine faced a challenge from a fellow Republican.

Bruce Poliquin represented Maine’s second congressional district from 2015 to 2019, as long as the current seat holder, Democratic Rep. Jared didn’t lose to Golden. Golden’s victory over Poliquin was the first congressional election in American history to be decided by rank-choice voting.

This year, Poliquin is hoping to win a rematch on Golden in one of the most-watched races of the 2022 midterm elections. She defied the challenge of first selector Liz Caruso from the small town of Caratonk in Tuesday’s primary.


Associated Press writers Scott Sonner in Reno, Nev., Paul Weber in Austin, Texas, and Patrick Whittle in Portland, Maine, contributed to this report.


This story has been corrected to show that Golden defeated Poliquin in Maine not two years earlier, but four years earlier.


Meg Kinnard can be contacted at http://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP.


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