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US House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump face primaries

Three Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to impeach Donald Trump in the Jan. 6 uprising are contested in Tuesday’s primary election by rivals backed by the former president.

The primaries of Representatives Peter Meijer, Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse are the biggest test yet for Republican Party (GOP) incumbents who broke with Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the Capitol. American in order to keep him in power. Trump has vowed revenge on the 10 House Republicans who crossed party lines for the impeachment vote.

Of the 10, four chose not to run in this year’s midterm elections. As for those who did, Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina lost to a Trump-endorsed challenger in June, while Rep. David Valadao of California survived a challenge the same month from a fellow Republican, qualifying for the general elections. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is bracing for defeat in her Aug. 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival.

In other races Tuesday, two Democratic incumbents from Michigan face off in a newly drawn congressional district, and two members of the progressive “Squad” have primary opponents in Missouri and Michigan. In Arizona, GOP voters will decide whether or not to nominate a major QAnon figure for a congressional seat.

Facing voters after impeachment votes

The three House Republicans facing major challenges Tuesday for impeaching Trump say they don’t regret their vote.

In Michigan, Meijer voted for impeachment just days after being sworn in for his first term. The former president backed Meijer’s opponent, John Gibbs, a businessman and missionary who served in the Trump administration under Housing Secretary Ben Carson.

Gibbs argued that Meijer was not a true Republican because he voted to impeach Trump, and Gibbs chastised Meijer for supporting bipartisan gun control legislation that President Joe Biden signed into law in June.

Meijer, an Army Reserve member who served in Iraq, criticized Biden for the US withdrawal from Afghanistan, as well as his handling of the economy. The congressman’s family is well known in the Midwest as owners of the Meijer grocery megastore chain, and he has a big fundraising advantage over Gibbs. The winner will face Democrat Hillary Scholten in November in the state’s Democratic-leaning 3rd Congressional District.

In Washington state, the two Republicans who voted for impeachment are vying for a crowded primaries, from which the top two voters, regardless of political party, will advance to the November general election.

Herrera Beutler’s primary against eight challengers, including four Republicans, in Washington state’s 3rd congressional district will be one of the toughest of her career. Trump is backing Joe Kent, a former Green Beret who promoted the former president’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen.

Beutler has been in Congress since 2011 and represents an area that has favored Republicans.

In central Washington, Newhouse, a four-term congressman, faces seven challengers, including six Republicans, in the staunchly conservative 4th congressional district. His rivals include Loren Culp, a former small-town police chief who refused to concede the 2020 gubernatorial race. Culp has Trump’s support but has fallen behind other candidates in fundraising.

Candidate linked to QAnon

Ron Watkins, one of the most prominent figures in the QAnon conspiracy movement, is running for a House seat in Arizona’s sprawling 2nd congressional district.

He was the longtime administrator of the online discussion forums that helped start the conspiracy movement whose adherents believe a group of satanic, cannibalistic child molesters secretly rule the world.

Watkins no longer runs message boards and has denied fueling the QAnon movement. He said he is running for Congress because he hopes to “fix the machine from within.”

He is considered a long shot in the crowded GOP field, having been surpassed in campaign fundraising by other candidates.

State Representative Walter Blackman and Eli Crane, a former Navy SEAL who owns a bottle opener business and was endorsed by Trump, are considered the top GOP contenders. The winner will face Democratic U.S. Representative Tom O’Halleran in November in a district that favors Republicans.

From colleagues to competitors

Two Michigan incumbent Democrats, Representatives Andy Levin and Haley Stevens, are running against each other for a newly drawn 11th congressional district in suburban Detroit. They are vying for a left zone, which means the winner of Tuesday’s contest will likely take the seat in November.

Stevens flipped a district in 2018 long held by Republicans. Before running for office, she led the auto bailout under President Barack Obama.

Levin also won his first term in 2018, taking the seat long held by his father, Rep. Sander “Sandy” Levin. It was approved by the senses. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

Challenge the “squad”

On Tuesday, two members of the Congress team face major challenges.

In Michigan, Rep. Rashida Tlaib faces three Democratic challengers as she seeks a third term. She is running in a new Detroit-area district where the winner is expected to easily win the 12th congressional district seat in November. Tlaib’s main competitor is longtime Detroit clerk Janice Winfrey, who enjoys a high profile in the city.

In Missouri, Rep. Cori Bush’s first term faces a challenge in the state’s 1st Congressional District. State Sen. Steve Roberts is betting that Bush, a staunch advocate of defunding police and shifting money to social services and mental health programs, is too liberal even for heavily Democratic St. Louis.

Roberts has twice faced rape allegations, though prosecutors have said they don’t have enough evidence to merit charges. He accused the Bush campaign of digging up the allegations to distract from his record.

Bush has touted his accomplishments, including persuading the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up radioactive waste near a St. Louis County creek, pushing for action on climate change and opposing to evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ten years after Tucson shooting, intern seeks Giffords seat

Daniel Hernandez Jr., the intern hero credited with saving Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life after a 2011 assassination attempt, is running for his former seat in Congress.

Hernandez, who recently left the state Legislature to focus on his campaign, faces another former Democratic primary lawmaker. However, the once highly competitive district centered in Tucson now favors Republicans after the borders were redrawn.

Hernandez was a 20-year-old college student in his first week interning for Giffords when he traveled to its ‘Congress in Your Corner’ constituent event. A gunman opened fire, killing six and injuring 13. Hernandez kept the Democratic congresswoman conscious and applied pressure to her head wound until paramedics arrived.

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