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


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

Newhouse emerged from Tuesday’s primary in Washington’s 4th congressional district, defeating Republican challenger Loren Culp, a Trump-backed candidate.

The four-term incumbent will face Democrat Doug White, who is also advancing NBC News projects, in the district deemed solidly Republican this fall. Under Washington State’s open, nonpartisan primary system, the top 2 candidates, regardless of party, qualify for the November election.

Newhouse and nine other House Republicans voted to impeach Trump in January 2021, accusing him of “inciting insurrection” for his role in violently rioting a crowd of his supporters. It was the most bipartisan vote on a presidential impeachment in history, doubling the five Democrats who voted to impeach Bill Clinton in 1998.

Like other impeachment supporters, Newhouse had outplayed his Trump-backed opponent. It has grossed around $1.6 million while Culp has raised $310,000 through the middle of last month.

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

Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the top Republican to support impeachment and vice chair of the House committee investigating the riot, faces her primary on Aug. 16.


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