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WANING POWER: Impeachment-supporting GOP lawmaker beats Trump-backed opponent

WANING POWER: Impeachment-supporting GOP lawmaker beats Trump-backed opponent

WANING POWER: Impeachment-supporting GOP lawmaker beats Trump-backed opponent

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A House Republican who voted to impeach Donald Trump in 2021 has beaten his right-wing opponents in the Washington state GOP primary. Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) will advance to the general election after defeating the Trump-endorsed Loren Culp.

The former police chief of Republic, Washington, Culp made pushing the big lie, dissolving the Education Department, and fighting vaccine mandates central issues in his campaign.

The Republican nominee in the 2020 governor’s race, Culp took a page out of his idol’s playbook – refusing to concede that contest, despite losing the election to Gov. Jay Inslee by more than 13 percentage points.

One of only 10 Republicans who voted to strip the seditious ex-president of his position, Newhouse didn’t back down from holding Trump accountable in the aftermath of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot despite criticism and anger from his party — even after local GOP operatives censured him after his vote.

But the Washington state conservative had experience, incumbency, and money in his corner – outspending his challengers and leaning into his experience as an agricultural scientist to sway voters.

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Newhouse perceived that GOP voters were moving on from the impeachment and shifted his focus to more pressing issues among his rural constituency.

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It was a sentiment echoed throughout MAGA land, with many Republican voters in Arizona moving past the former president’s baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him, and conservatives in Georgia voting to keep Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger and current governor Brian Kemp on the November ballot.

Despite serving as vice chairman of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign, Rep. Newhouse fell out of favor with Republicans after voting to impeach the accused insurrectionist during his second impeachment trial.  His primary victory this week demonstrated that he has ultimately triumphed over Trumpism in his district.

Trump-backed Republican Senate candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker in Georgia are also feeling the cold from the ex-President’s touch – falling behind their Democratic opponents with voters in their races.

It’s further proof that, as the saying goes, everything Trump touches dies — or at least withers away into irrelevancy.

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