Washington’s current Republican Representative Dan Newhouse, one of two state House Republicans who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, has advanced to the general election as he seeks to retain his seat representing Washington’s fourth congressional district.
Newhouse, a four-term congressman who has served in the district since 2015, and Democrat Doug White were primarily linked in the race, each with more than 35,000 votes in the crowded race to advance to the fall ballot.
Under Washington Statutes, all candidates compete on the same ticket, and the two candidates who receive the most votes in each race advance to the November elections, regardless of party.
Since Washington is an email-voted state and only ballots are required to be received by Election Day, it often takes days to see the final results in close races as ballots arrive at county election offices throughout the week.
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Trump’s endorsement candidate in the race for the 4th District, Lauren Culp, a former Washington police chief, came in third. Days after the state’s votes were counted, Kolb, who also ran for governor in 2020, had nearly 30,000 votes.
Representative Jaime Herrera Butler, another Republican in the state House of Representatives who voted to impeach Trump, faces a tough election in the 3rd congressional district.
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In Washington’s third district, Democrat Marie Perez had the highest turnout, receiving 31% of the vote. Herrera Butler, who had about 24% on Tuesday night, fell to 22.6% Thursday night, ahead of 257 votes over Joe Kent — a former Trump-backed Green Beret — who had 22.5%.
Compulsory vote recounts will take place if the margin of votes between candidates No. 2 and No. 3 is less than half of 1% and closer to 2,000 votes, meaning that results for who will advance with Peres to the November elections may be delayed if the current arrangement remains.
Of the 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach Trump, four chose not to run for re-election in this year’s midterm elections. On Tuesday, incumbent Michigan Representative Peter Major was defeated in the primaries by John Gibbs and Representative Tom Rice of South Carolina and lost to a challenger that Trump endorsed in June. Representative David Valadao of California – which holds an open primaries like Washington – survived the primary challenge in June.
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Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, co-chair of the House Select Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol, also prepares for a tough August 16 primary against Harriet Hageman, the Trump-backed rival.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.