Michigan Republican Representative Peter Meijer lost Tuesday to a primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump as he and two other Republican members of the U.S. House who voted to impeach Trump battled to hold onto their seats.
“A constitutional republic like ours requires leaders who are willing to face the big challenges, find common ground wherever possible, and put their love for the country over partisan advantage,” Meijer said in a statement before The UK Time News announced the race. for his challenger, John Gibbs. “While this was not the outcome we had hoped for, I will continue to do everything possible to move the Republican Party, West Michigan and our country in a positive direction.”
The primaries for the other two House Republicans who voted to impeach, Washington State Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse, were too early to call Wednesday morning. The three races were the biggest test yet for GOP incumbents who broke with Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to keep him in power on Jan. 6, 2021. Trump has vowed to retaliate against the 10 House Republicans who crossed party lines for the impeachment vote, and he supported GOP challengers ahead of them in the midterm elections.
In other races, Rep. Haley Stevens Rep. Andy Levin out of Congress after winning their Democratic primary in Michigan. Democratic Missouri Rep. Cori Bush and Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, both members of the progressive “Squad” in Congress, sailed through their primary elections. In Arizona, a leading figure in the QAnon conspiracy movement trailed badly in his Republican primary.
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Meijer, a Michigan legislator who voted for impeachment just days after he was sworn in for his first term in office, lost to Trump-backed Gibbs, a 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 chided Meijer for supporting the bipartisan gun control bill that President Joe Biden signed in June.
Gibbs will take on Democrat Hillary Scholten in November in the state’s Democratic-oriented 3rd congressional district.
In Washington state, Herrera Beutler and Newhouse have an advantage over Meijer because their primaries are impartial, and the top two votes, regardless of political party, advance to the November general election. Each faces crowded fields of multiple Republican candidates, increasing the chances of their opponents splitting the vote among themselves.
Herrera Beutler, who has been in Congress since 2011, was in second place early Wednesday morning in the 3rd Congressional District, behind Democrat Marie 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 approved by Trump. He has heavily promoted the former president’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen.
In a Zoom call to reporters after the initial results were posted, Herrera Beutler said she was “cautiously optimistic” about results indicating she could head to November with Democratic opponent Marie Gluesenkamp Perez.
“If I get through this, I won’t change, I won’t be a different person,” she said. “No one will work harder for this neighborhood than me.”
Newhouse had a small lead over Democrat Doug White in the 4th Congressional District, which Newhouse has represented since 2015. Republican Loren Culp, a former Trump-backed small-town police chief, was in third place on early return.
Of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach, four chose not to run for re-election in this year’s midterm elections. As for those who did, Rep. South Carolina’s Tom Rice lost to a Trump-approved challenger in June, while Rep. David Valadao from California survived a primary challenge. Rep. Wyoming’s Liz Cheney braces for a loss in her August 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival.
Ron Watkins, one of the most prominent figures in the QAnon conspiracy movement, will not be going to Congress this year.
Watkins was the last dead in the early return in his Republican primaries for Arizona’s sprawling 2nd congressional district. He was the longtime administrator of online message boards that helped create the conspiracy movement whose adherents believe a group of satanic, cannibalistic child molesters are secretly running the world.
Watkins no longer runs the message boards and has denied fueling the QAnon movement. He said he is running for Congress because he hopes to “fix the machine from the inside out.”
He was considered a contender in the crowded GOP field, having been outdone by the other candidates in campaign fundraising.
State Representative Walter Blackman and Eli Crane, a former Navy SEAL who owns a bottle opener business and was endorsed by Trump, topped the field Tuesday night. The winner will face Democratic US Representative Tom O’Halleran in November in a Republican-preferred district.
Stevens’ victory over Levin came in a newly drawn 11th congressional district in suburban Detroit, which is in Democrats’ favor, meaning Stevens is likely to win the seat in November’s general election.
Stevens got a financial boost from the United Democracy Project, a super PAC launched by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, commonly referred to as AIPAC. Levin, a forward-thinking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has been highly critical of Israel’s human rights record.
The congresswoman overturned a district long held by Republicans in 2018. Before running for office, she led the automatic bailout under President Barack Obama.
Levin also won his first term in 2018, taking over the seat long held by his father, Representative Sander “Sandy” Levin. He was approved by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
In Michigan, Tlaib defeated three Democratic challengers as she aims for a third term in office this year. Because of the realignment, she’s running in a newly drawn Detroit district that favors Democrats, so she’s expected to easily carry the 12th seat in the Congressional District in November. Tlaib’s main competition was longtime Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, who had a strong name recognition in the city.
Bush’s Missouri victory came as she ran her first reelection campaign in the state’s first congressional district. She defeated state senator Steve Roberts, who shielded his campaign from the idea that Bush, an outspoken advocate for unburdening the police and diverting money into social services and mental health, was too liberal even for strongly Democratic St. Louis. used to be.
Bush praised her achievements, including convincing the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up radioactive waste near a St. Louis County creek, pushing for climate change action, and standing up to evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. pandemic.