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Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the Capitol riots, narrowly lost his Republican primary to Trump-backed conservative challenger John Gibbs, The Associated Press reported.
Meijer’s loss is a boost for Trump as he continues to support primary challenges to Republican members of the Senate and House of Representatives who disagree with his misguided narrative that the 2020 presidential election will be difficult. the election was fraudulent.
Meijer, a moderate freshman Republican, was one of just 10 House GOP members who voted to impeach Trump after the January 6 uprising.
Gibbs, a former Trump appointee to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, echoes similar rhetoric as a former president circa 2020 denial of the presidential election results.
Gibbs will face Democratic candidate Hillary Scholten in November. Scholten, a former Justice Department lawyer, in 2020. lost to Meijer by more than 6 percentage points.
But after redistricting, Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District looks different than it did two years ago. The Grand Rapids district is now more Democratic than in previous cycles and is considered a competitive contest. Cook’s Political Message.
And in a year when Democrats are in serious danger of losing their majority in the House of Representatives, the party is eyeing Michigan’s No. 3 seat.
Tensions between Meyer and House Democrats rose last week after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) ran an ad against Gibbsmaking him “too conservative for West Michigan.”
Meijer argued that the 30-second ad would benefit Gibbs in the Republican primary.
But given that the district is messy, voters are offering an extreme conservative in the primary could hurt Republicans’ chances so that it is red in November.
“You’d think Democrats would look at John Gibbs and see the embodiment of what they say they fear most,” Meijer wrote. opinion piece published the day before the primary election rules.
“That they, as patriots, would use every means at their disposal to defeat him and similar candidates who they say pose an existential threat. Instead, they’re funding Gibbs,” he added.
The DCCC declined to comment on the ad, which is reported to cost $425,000.
“With luck, Republican voters will be blamed if any of these candidates are ultimately elected, but there’s no doubt that the Democrats’ fingerprints will be on the gun,” Meijer wrote, adding, “We should never forget that.”
That’s where things stand for Republicans who voted to impeach Trump
Although the future of Republicans in the district is uncertain, as November approaches, several recent House Republicans, who after Jan. 6 stood against Trump, the future remains uncertain.
Washington State’s Jaime Herrera Butler and Dan Newhouse also faced major challengers on Tuesday. The only member of the 10-member panel to win his primary re-election so far was Rep. David Valadao of California.
Wyoming’s Liz Cheney on Aug. 16 in the group’s last primary. will face Trump-backed challenger Harriet Hageman.