Herrera Beutler third GOP impeacher to fall in primary

SEATTLE (AP) – Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler is the third congressman to vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in a bid to oust him in a primary.

Herrera Beutler fell to Trump-backed Joe Kent, a former Green Beret, in the 3rd congressional district contest. The district is located in southwest Washington state, across the border from Portland, Oregon. Kent meets Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in November. She had already advanced in the general election, having been the top voter after the Aug. 2 primary with 31% of the vote.

Herrera Beutler, who was first elected to the US House of Representatives in 2010, led Kent by about 4,700 votes on election night, but her lead dwindled over the past week, and updated results on Wednesday night brought Kent – ​​who had been up since Monday night 2nd place was — lead by 1050 votes.

Kent finished with 22.8% of the vote and Herrera Beutler finished third with 22.3% of the vote.

Herrera Beutler conceded the race in an email Tuesday night, saying: “Since I was first elected to this seat, I have done my best to serve my home region and our country.”

In a statement Wednesday, Kent thanked the other Republican candidates, saying that all “campaigns have fought hard because we all care deeply about this district and this country.”

“Now is the time to unite as Republicans because the stakes have never been higher,” he wrote.

Gluesenkamp Perez said in a statement earlier this week that the race in the 3rd congressional district “will be a national beacon for the direction of the country and for the future of our democracy.”

Under Washington’s primary system, the top two voters in each August 2 race advance to November’s elections, regardless of party. Washington is a mail-in ballot state and voters are not required to declare party affiliation.

Because Washington is a mail-order state and ballots only need to be in by Election Day, it often takes days to know final results in close races as ballots arrive at county polling stations throughout the week .

Of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, four chose not to run for re-election. Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer was defeated by Trump-backed John Gibbs in a primary last week, and South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice lost to a Trump-backed challenger in June. Rep. David Valadao of California — which has an open primary like Washington — survived a primary challenge. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is preparing for a loss in her August 16 primary to a Trump-backed rival.

Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse advanced to the general election in his Washington state primary last week, fending off a Trump-backed rival and will appear on the November ballot with Democratic opponent Doug White.

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