Republican Herrera Beutler falls in primary after voting to impeach Trump

Herrera Beutler, first elected in 2010, is a highly respected member of the House GOP Conference. She and her allies have vastly outspent their on-air adversaries. She aired some $1.7 million in television ads, and Winning for Women, a group dedicated to electing Republican women, spent even more.

Kent spent $620,000, just a fraction of the pro-holders’ expenses. But he received a tele-town hall with Trump in the final days of the race. His victory demonstrates the power of the impeachment vote. In that race and in Michigan, Trump-backed challengers were able to overcome huge spending shortfalls to beat well-funded incumbents who backed impeachment.

Herrera Beutler is the third GOP impeachment voter to lose in a primary this year, after Reps. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) and Tom Rice (RS.C.). Two others, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.), made it through the multiparty primaries to their respective general elections. And four members — Reps. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), John Katko (RN.Y.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Fred Upton (R-Mich.) — have decided not to run again.

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) will be the latest GOP impeachment supporter to face primary voters next week in her state.

A former Green Beret, Kent lost his wife to a suicide bomber in 2019. He has become a conservative media favorite but also has links to right-wing extremists. He also criticized GOP leadership.

“I walked out from the start and said Kevin McCarthy couldn’t be our speaker,” Kent told POLITICO.

Republicans facing Trump’s wrath have taken different approaches to dealing with the fallout from the impeachment. Herrera Beutler backed his vote – but was reluctant to make it a focal point of his campaign, while competitors like Kent attacked the incumbent on the issue.

Trump won the district by less than 5 points in 2020, so a Democrat was expected to get one of the seats in the general election. Although Herrera Beutler had to fight to keep her seat during the Democratic wave in 2018, the seat has not been considered a battleground this year, although it remains to be seen how Kent will perform as a candidate. in the general elections.


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