Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse (R), one of ten Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, is expected to qualify for the general election, where he is safe and would more than likely be re-elected.
The Associated Press called the race on Friday, saying Newhouse would advance in Washington’s fourth congressional district.
The four-term congressman was virtually tied with Democrat Doug White – both receiving around 25% – meaning they both qualify for the general election, where the incumbent is more than likely to win in the safe Republican seat.
Newhouse snuck in with 25% in the crowded primary against a Democrat, who also advanced, after six other Republicans he faced split the vote.
The six Republicans shared 49% of the vote, as Cook Political Report’s Dave Wasserman pointed out, which ultimately allowed him to manage with 25%, as the Republicans did not trail a single challenger.
New: pro-impeachment #WA04 Representative Dan Newhouse (right) qualifies for the general election, where he is safe. But he is lucky: his pro-Trump GOP challengers split 49% of the vote six ways, while he scraped 25%.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) August 6, 2022
The third-highest vote-getter, Loren Culp, was 4% away from making the overall with just 21%. Culp was a Trump-endorsed former small-town police chief who lost the 2020 gubernatorial race to Democrat Jay Inslee.
In Washington, a mandatory recount in the margin of votes between numbers two and three was less than half a percent and close to 2,000 votes.
At the time the race was called for the Republican nominee, Jerrod Sessler had around 12%, Brad Klippert had just over 10%, Corey Gibson had around 3.5%, Benancio Garcia had around 1.4% and Jacek Kobiesa was less than half a percent. .
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