Anti-Trump Republican loses primary race in Michigan

According to Fox News, Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump following the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

However, that decision came back to haunt Meijer this week when he was ousted by a Trump-backed primary challenger. 

Primary won by former Trump administration official

Newsmax reported that Meijer went down in defeat on Tuesday at the hands of John Gibbs, who previously served under Trump in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

It noted that Gibbs took 53% of the vote compared with Meijer’s 47%. If elected, he will become Michigan’s first African American GOP House member.

He is now set to face Hillary Scholten, an attorney who was nominated by Democrats to run in Michigan’s 3rd district.

Newsmax noted that Scholten previously ran in a tight race against Meijer in 2020, managing to take 47% of the vote.

While the district has traditionally voted for Republican presidential candidates, the GOP’s margin of victory has been declining over the past decade.

A table compiled by Daily Kos shows that while Mitt Romney won 53.1% of the vote there in 2012, Trump got 51.6% four years later. That figure dropped again to 50.6% in 2020.

Trump has used primary races to target his enemies

As Newsmax pointed out, Meijer was not the only pro-impeachment Republican to suffer a primary loss. Fox News reported in June that voters in South Carolina chose state Rep. Russell Fry over five-term Rep. Tom Rice.

Rice attempted to justify his support for impeachment in an interview with Fox News, telling the network, “Republicans are supposed to protect the Constitution.”

“And so what I did was take a conservative vote,” Rice insisted a day before the primary, adding, “If you want a conservative, I’m the guy.”

What’s more, polls show that Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney faces an all but certain loss on August 16 to attorney Harriet Hageman, who has received Trump’s blessing.

Since voting for his impeachment, Cheney has become one of the former president’s fiercest critics and was chosen last year by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to co-chair a select committee she tasked with investigating the events of January 6.

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