Olympia, Wash. ( Associated Press) – Rep. Dan Newhouse was maintaining his lead in the Washington state primary on Friday among other Republicans but fellow Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler saw his advantage against an opponent backed by former President Donald Trump in a recent vote update. ,
Their vote to impeach Trump following the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has led to both facing intra-party challenges.
Democrat Mary Perez was the top vote-getter in the Third Congressional District in southwestern Washington with 31% of the vote. Herrera Beutler, who had nearly 24% on Tuesday night, fell to more than 23% by Thursday night, less than 2,000 votes ahead of Kent – a former Green Beret backed by Trump.
Since Washington is a vote-by-mail state and ballots have to arrive on Election Day, it often takes several days to know the final result in close races as ballots arrive at county election offices throughout the week.
Updated vote counts were expected Friday afternoon in Clark, the largest county in the third district, with an estimated 45,000 votes left to count. Counties have until August 16 to finish their counting and to publicize the results to the boards to certify, followed by August 19 for certification by the secretary of state.
If the vote difference between the No. 2 and No. 3 candidates is less than half of 1% and closer to more than 2,000 votes, a mandatory recount will take place.
Under Washington’s primary system, all candidates run on the same ballot, and the top two votes in each Tuesday race, regardless of party, advance to November’s election.
Four out of 10 House Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment opted not to run for re-election. Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer lost in a primary Tuesday to Trump-backed John Gibbs and South Carolina Representative Tom Rice to a Trump-backed challenger in June. Representative David Valladao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge. Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming is preparing for a defeat against a Trump-backed opponent in her August 16 primary.
Newhouse, a four-time incumbent in the Fourth Congressional District in central Washington, had about 26% of the vote, followed by Democrat Doug White, who had over 25% of the vote. Lauren Culp, a Trump-backed former small-town police chief who lost the 2020 gubernatorial race to Democrat Jay Inslee, was nearly 21 21%.
In another crucial match in the 8th Congressional District, incumbent Democratic Rep. Kim Schreier advanced to November’s vote with over 47% of the vote, and will face former state attorney general candidate Matt Larkin in November.
With more than 17% of the vote, Larkin ousted King County Council member Reagan Dunn, a former federal prosecutor whose mother once held the seat. Dunn accepted the race on Thursday. The district is a major target of GOP efforts to take back control of the house.