Former President Donald Trump vowed to help primary a handful of House Republicans who voted in favor of launching a sham impeachment trial.
According to The Hill, three of those 10 anti-Trump Republicans will face the music on Tuesday as they hope to emerge from their primary races unscathed, though it doesn’t appear that any of the races will be easy battles.
The Hill noted: “So far, four of the 10 have opted to retire, two have overcome primary challenges to get to November and one did not. Since leaving office, Trump has wielded his power against the Republicans he thinks crossed him.”
Tuesday’s slate of primary races involving the anti-Trump Republican candidates will undoubtedly be watched closely as a way of measuring Trump’s continued influence on the party.
Who are they?
First up is Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), one of the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching Trump at the time.
Meijer will face off against John Gibbs, a strong, Trump-backed candidate who also happens to be one of the pro-Trump candidates being backed by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) in a controversial trend of Democrats backing candidates that they think will be easier to defeat in the general election in November.
When he endorsed Gibbs, Trump said Meijer was “a terrible representative of the Republican Party and beyond.”
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) is another House GOP member facing down a competitive primary on Tuesday, especially since she will face four Republicans and three Democrats in what’s called a “jungle primary,” where the two candidates with the most overall votes are able to advance to the general election, no matter the party.
Beutler will likely see the most competition from Joe Kent, a Trump-backed candidate who he believes will defeat her, saying of Beutler: “She fights for the Washington swamp, not for the Washington state.”
A poll from May had shown Kent beating Beutler by several percentage points, and Kent has generally enjoyed strong support from pro-Trump voters in the state.
Last but not least
Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), another anti-Trump House Republican, will have to fight to keep control of Washington’s 4th Congressional District as he takes on the Trump-endorsed, super popular former police chief Loren Culp.
Culp made headlines on his own in 2018 while a police chief, as he refused to enforce new gun laws that he believed were anti-Constitutional. Culp’s polling has generally had him in the lead, in what will be another “jungle primary” situation, but this one has a chance of two GOP candidates emerging with a victory.