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Rep. Peter Meijer–Republican Who Backed Trump Impeachment–Ousted In Michigan

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Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.), the only real freshman Republican congressman who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, has been defeated by Trump-endorsed challenger John Gibbs in the GOP primary for his House seat.

Then-Michigan 3rd Congressional District Republican candidate Peter Meijer speaks at a campaign … [+] rally on October 14, 2020, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. (AP Photo/

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KEY POINTS

The AP called another Congressional District primary for Gibbs at 3: 03 a.m. EDT.

With 99% of votes counted by 4: 00 a.m. EDT, Gibbs had 51.8% of votes, in accordance with CNN.

Meijer has long blasted fellow Republicans who pushed lies and deceptions that there is widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election, while Gibbs openly supports conspiracy theories concerning election fraud.

Gibbs faces Democrat Hillary Scholten in the November general election in whats likely to be an exceptionally competitive race.

The old 3rd District boundaries had slightly favored Republican candidates however the redrawn district seems to give Democrats in regards to a 3-percentage-point advantage, in accordance with FiveThirtyEight.

WHAT THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Two more Republicans who voted to impeach Trump may also be facing primary challenges Tuesday night: Reps. Dan Newhouse (Wash.) and Jaime Herrera Beutler (Wash.). The races were too near call early Wednesday morning.

Key Background

Ten House Republicans voted to impeach Trump on the January 6 Capitol riot, resulting in the former president mounting a relentless campaign to force the representatives out of office. Only six of the ten thought we would run for reelection instead of retire, and heading into Tuesday, just two had already faced a primary. Rep. David Valadao (R-Calif.) survived his race in Californias jungle primary, but finished a distant second to Democrat Rudy Salas and appears all but certain to reduce to Salas in the overall election. Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) was walloped in the GOP primary for South Carolinas 7th Congressional District, losing to Trump-backed challenger Russell Fry by a lot more than 26 percentage points.

Further Reading

These 10 Republicans Voted To Impeach Trump WITHIN AN Unprecedented Break From Party (Forbes)

Tom Rice: S.C. Republican Who Voted To Impeach Trump Loses Primary In Mixed Night For Candidates Backed By Ex-President (Forbes)

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