Dan Newhouse survives Washington primary after vote to impeach Trump


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Washington GOP incumbent Rep. Dan Newhouse, one of two state House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, has qualified for the general election as he seeks to retain his seat representing Washington’s fourth congressional district.

Newhouse, a four-term congressman who has served the district since 2015, and Democrat Doug White were essentially tied in the race, each winning just over 35,000 votes in the crowded race to qualify for the presidential ballot. ‘fall.

In Washington’s primary system, all candidates run on the same ballot, and the two candidates who receive the most votes in each race qualify for the November election, regardless of party.

Since Washington is a mail-in voting state and ballots simply need to be received on Election Day, it often takes days to find out the final results in close races as ballots arrive at polling stations. county elections throughout the week.

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Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., at the Capitol Hill Club on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021.
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Trump-endorsed candidate in the Fourth District race, Loren Culp, a former Washington police chief, came in third. After days of counting votes in the state, Culp, who also ran for governor of the state in 2020, garnered nearly 30,000 votes.

Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler, another state House Republican who voted to impeach Trump, faces a tough election in the Third Congressional District.

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Washington GOP House candidates Joe Kent and Loren Culp.

Washington GOP House candidates Joe Kent and Loren Culp.
(Joe Kent Campaign, Karen Ducey/Getty Images)

In Washington’s Third District, Democrat Marie Perez had the highest turnout, with 31 percent of the vote. Herrera Beutler, who had around 24% on Tuesday night, fell to 22.6% on Thursday night, 257 votes ahead of Joe Kent – ​​a former Trump-endorsed Green Beret – who was at 22.5%.

A mandatory recount would take place if the vote margin between the No. 2 and No. 3 candidates is less than half of 1% and close to 2,000 votes, which means that the results for who will advance with Perez in the elections of November could be delayed if the current ranking remains.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., speaks during a press conference on the steps of the House in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., speaks during a press conference on the steps of the House in Washington on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020.
(Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

Of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, four chose not to run in this year’s midterm elections. On Tuesday, Michigan incumbent Rep. Peter Meijer was defeated in a primary by Trump-endorsed John Gibbs, and Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina lost to a Trump-endorsed challenger in June. Rep. David Valadao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge in June.

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Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, co-chair of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the capital, is also bracing for a tough Aug. 16 primary election against Harriet Hageman, a Trump-backed rival.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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