Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) has been replaced by the district’s Republican voters following a strong showing from former Trump administration official John Gibbs, who will now lead the GOP ticket into the midterm elections this Fall.
Gibbs won the nomination with 51.8 percent of the vote — or 54,065 votes — to Meijer’s 48.2 percent or 50,211 votes, according to the New York Times.
The Republican victor had been endorsed by former President Donald Trump last November, when he vowed to unseat Meijer, for his vote to impeach the forty-fifth Commander-in-Chief.
“By voting to impeach President Trump as his very first act in Congress, RINO Peter Meijer chose to be fawned over by the media & the DC establishment instead of doing what’s right & representing those who voted for him,” Gibbs wrote in December adding, “This is why we must make his first term his last – join me!”
Meijer said he was fulfilling his constitutional responsibility when he voted to impeach the former president — “I take the oath I swore to the Constitution, an oath I took under God, seriously and voted accordingly.”
Meijer, who was seeking his second term in the House, was competitive throughout the race with Gibbs, who worked under former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, according to The Daily Wire.
While Gibbs was able to succeed in his primary battle, he now faces a difficult race ahead against Democrat Hillary Scholten.
Democrats, while repeatedly claiming Republicans are a danger to “democracy,” poured nearly $500,000 into advertisements before the primary election, telling voters Gibbs was the true conservative of the race — likely a ploy to make the Democrat candidate’s chances of victory in the general election even higher.
“I am honored to have won last night’s primary election and have the chance to earn the vote of my 3rd District community in November!” Gibbs said in a statement released after his victory.
“I would like to thank President Trump, who took the time to call me last night,” the candidate continued. “He offered congratulations and encouraged me to keep up the fight all the way to victory in November. I thanked him for his support and said that we expect to work hard and win the in fall.”
With Gibbs’ victory in Michigan, it seems Trump still holds sway in the state. It also proves that turning your back on the head of the MAGA movement may ultimately have political consequences — and end up costing candidates at the ballot box.
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