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The Associated Press projects Rep. Mary Miller to be the winner over fellow Republican Rodney Davis in a primary in Illinois’ 15th congressional district, where former President Donald Trump’s continued influence on the GOP was in play.
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Trump had endorsed Miller and headlined a Saturday rally in Illinois for first-term Rep. and Trump supporter Davis, who for a decade represented the neighboring 13th District, was running against Miller for the newly drawn seat. and heavily red in the central part of the state, which contains large swathes of its present district.
Davis was one of 35 House Republicans who voted last year for a bipartisan, independent commission to investigate the deadly January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol by right-wing extremists and others. Trump supporters who aimed to disrupt Congressional certification of President Joe Biden as a 2020 election victory. The bill to create the commission was defeated in the Senate, and House Democrats eventually set up a Democrat-dominated select committee to investigate the Capitol takeover.
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Miller had repeatedly accused her rival of “stabbing President Trump in the back repeatedly and the people of the 15th Precinct don’t like it. Voting for the Jan. 6 Commission outraged people.”
Although he doesn’t have the former president’s backing, Davis shed some light on his Trump credentials.
“I have a great working record with the Trump administration. Remember, I’m the only congressman in this race who actually served during the Trump administration,” he told Fox News the last week.
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Davis showed that his “record includes helping to craft Trump’s tax cut bill, helping to craft private sector employer-based student loan payment programs. These are the Republican ideas that I was able to help craft and work through the process, and with a few of them, end up being enacted by President Trump during his administration.”