GOP Rep. Newhouse, who voted to impeach Trump, wins primary in Washington, NBC News projects

Written by Javed Iqbal

GOP Rep. Dan Newhouse, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump last year for his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, won his primary election in Washington, NBC News projects.

Newhouse moved out of Tuesday’s primary in Washington’s 4th Congressional District, beating Republican challenger Loren Culp, a candidate endorsed by Trump.

The four-term incumbent will face Democrat Doug White, who is also advancing, NBC News projects, in the district rated as Solid Republican this fall. Under Washington state’s open, nonpartisan primary system, the top 2 candidates, regardless of party, advance to the November election.

Newhouse and nine others Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to impeach Trump in January 2021, charging him with “incitement to sedition” for his role in the violent riot by a mob of his followers. It was the most bipartisan vote to impeach a president in history, doubling the five Democrats who voted to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998.

Like other impeachment supporters, Newhouse had singled out his Trump-backed opponent. He brought in about $1.6 million, while Culp raised $310,000 through the middle of last month.

Rep. Peter Meijer, R-Mich., and Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., two others who voted for impeachment, also faced primary challengers backed by Trump on Tuesday in contests that marked a test of the former president’s influence in the GOP election. Meijer was defeated by John Gibbsa former Trump administration official.

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the top Republican to support impeachment and vice chairwoman of the House of Representatives committee investigating the riot, faces its primary election on August 16.

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