Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) has conceded her bid for reelection in Washington’s Third District after the incumbent, who voted to impeach President Donald Trump, failed to secure enough votes to qualify for the midterm elections.
Beutler was defeated by Trump endorsed candidate Joe Kent, a retired Army Special Forces chief warrant officer. Washington has an open primary system which means that the top two candidates who secure the most votes will compete against one another in the November elections.
Marie Perez, a Democrat, secured 31.1 percent of the vote while Kent secured 22.8 percent of the vote and Beutler only secured 22.3 percent of the vote, a difference of roughly 1,000 votes that eliminated her from competing in November, according to The New York Times.
In a statement she released following her concession, Beutler thanked her constituents: “Thank you, Southwest Washington, for entrusting me six times with the privilege of representing you in Congress. Ever since I was first elected to this seat I have done my very best to serve my home region and our country. Though my campaign came up short this time, I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished together for the place where I was raised and still call home.”
Meanwhile, Kent stated that Trump is the leader of the Republican Party and voting to impeach him went against the party: “He’s definitely the leader of the America First Movement.”
Kent received Trump’s endorsement in September when the former president said “Joe Ken is a retired Green Beret and Gold Star husband running against RINO and incompetent Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler in the 3rd District of the State of Washington. Joe served his country proudly for many years and understands the tremendous cost of America’s wars in the Middle East, and elsewhere.”
“In Congress, Joe will be a warrior for the America First agenda, unlike Jaime Herrera Beutler who voted, despite the facts, against the Republican Party and for the Democrats’ Impeachment Scam,” Trump continued.
“Joe Kent is strong on Crime and the Border, loves our Military and our Vets, and will protect our Second Amendment, which is under siege…we need his voice and leadership in Washington, D.C. Now he is running, and Joe Kent has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” the former president concluded.
“But the other reason why the Trump endorsement was so critical in our race is because of the jungle primary here in Washington State. In order to be effective against a 12-year incumbent, we had to really rally around one candidate,” Kent said in a previous interview, according to Fox News.
Republicans who voted to impeach President Trump have faced primary challenges across the country with the most recent defeat being of Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) who was defeated by former Trump administration official John Gibbs. Additionally, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) is expected to lose her primary to a Trump-backed candidate.
Trump seems dead set in purging the GOP of those who voted to impeach him and turned their back on voters who want Trump to remain at the head of the party. Their refusal to listen to their Republican constituents has led to their downfall.
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