Dan Newhouse, Republican congressman who voted to impeach Trump, wins primary CNN projects

Written by Javed Iqbal

Newhouse is one of the 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump in January 2021 after the attack on the US Capitol. Trump had endorsed Republican challenger Loren Culp in the district.

Washington holds open primaries in which all candidates, regardless of party, appear on the same ballot, with the top two players advancing to the general election in November.

Despite facing the wrath of his own party over his impeachment vote, Newhouse had a number of factors working his way this week: The incumbent outscored his challengers, the field was large and divided, and Washington state’s open primary system allowed people to vote for any candidate, regardless of affiliation.

Newhouse’s victory is a loss for Trump, who won defeat the 10 House Republicans who joined Democrats in impeaching him as a central target of his post-presidency. Moving on from the primary, Newhouse will likely retain his congressional seat. His district, which stretches from Washington’s borders to Oregon and Canada, leans overwhelmingly Republican.

Aside from White and Culp, the field also included former NASCAR driver Jerrod Sessler and state representative Brad Klippert.

Local Republican operatives, many of whom criticized and criticized Newhouse after his impeachment vote, worried that many people had moved on from the impeachment trial, prompting Republicans to focus on other issues when they went to the polls Tuesday. Newhouse also seized his agricultural expertise and used it to appeal to the largely rural district and draw some of the focus away from the impeachment trial.

This story has been updated with additional background information.

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