Republican Newhouse Makes Progress in Washington Primaries Over Trump-Backed Challenger

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington, one of 10 House Republicans who voted against the party and voted to impeach former President Donald Trump over the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, defeated a Trump backed challenger and advanced to the general election, Edison Research predicted late Friday.

Newhouse’s opponents were Loren Culp, whose campaign website has a Trump endorsement and includes a photo of Culp with the former president. Culp came in third in the primary.

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Newhouse, first elected in 2014, will face Doug White, a farmer and restaurateur running on the Democratic ticket, in the Nov. 8 general election, where voters will decide which party will control Congress. The neighborhood is firmly Republican.

Jaime Herrera Beutler, another Republican who voted to impeach Trump and who represents a nearby district, remained in a close battle with Joe Kent, a former Green Beret who is also backed by Trump.

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The Washington primaries are unusual in the United States because candidates from all parties compete against each other, with only the top two making it to the general election.

This year’s Republican primary was marked by Trump’s involvement. Across the country, he has supported right-wing challengers to Republicans he considers disloyal.

Among them were Newhouse and Herrera-Beutler. The results for Trump have been mixed, with some of the candidates he targeted prevailing in their primaries and others being toppled.

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Trump was impeached after giving a fiery speech calling on his supporters to go to the Capitol and fight. Hundreds of them stormed the Capitol to try to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory, a mostly procedural process.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; editing by Diane Craft)

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