Dan Newhouse, one of the few Republican House members who voted in January to impeach Donald Trump, is ready to move on for the general election in Washington state, according to a projection from the Associated Press.
Newhouse was one of 10 Republicans who voted in January to have Trump impeached, even beforehand explosive revelations about the former president’s support and approval of the January 6 riots just a year before.
This victory comes on the heels of another Republican impeachment supporter, Peter Meijer, lose his votes in Michigan.
Republican Loren Culp, who has been backed by Trump in the election, was a close second to Newhouse in Washington’s 4th Congressional District, earning second highest number of Republican votes in four out of the eight counties. In some of the counties where Newhouse won, however, he received almost twice as many votes as Culp.
Culp was up against six other Republican candidates and will face Doug White, the district’s only Democratic candidate, in the November primary.
Despite his victory, the journey has rarely been smooth sailing for Newhouse. After his impeachment vote in January, six Republican leaders in his district demanded his resignation.
He defended his position, claiming he “made a decision to vote based on my oath to support and defend the Constitution”.
On 2 August he had majority votes in three of the six counties that had voted for his resignation.