The representative of the Republican Party who voted to impeach progress in the Washington primary

OLYMPIA, Washington (AP) – Republican Representative Dan Newhouse, who voted to impeach Donald Trump, advanced Friday into the general election days after votes were counted in the Washington state primary, but fellow Republican Representative Jaime Herrera Butler saw it as an advantage over an opponent he supported. Trump is rapidly shrinking into the recount zone with thousands of votes left to be counted.

Both faced cross-party challenges over their vote to impeach Trump in the wake of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Newhouse, a four-term incumbent in Central Washington’s 4th congressional district, and Democrat Doug White were essentially related, each receiving about 25% of the vote in a crowded ballot. White also submitted to the ballot papers in the fall. Lauren Culp, the former small-town police chief who endorsed Trump and lost the 2020 gubernatorial race to Democrat Jay Inslee, has about 21%.

In the third congressional district in southwest Washington, Democrat Mary Perez had the highest voter turnout with 31% of the vote. Herrera Butler, who had about 24% Tuesday night, fell to 22.6% Thursday night, ahead of 257 votes over Joe Kent — a former Green Beret ally endorsed by Trump — who had 22.5%.

A mandatory recount will take place if the margin of votes between Candidates No. 2 and No. 3 is less than half of 1% and is closer than 2,000 votes.

Since Washington is an email-voted state, and the ballot doesn’t need to be held until by Election Day, it often takes days for the final results to be known in close races as the ballot papers arrive at county election offices throughout the week.

The number of votes remaining is estimated at 35,000, and the three counties where votes remain to be counted — most of them in Clark County, the third largest county in District Three — will not update their statistics again until late Monday afternoon. Provinces have until August 16 to finish counting the votes and for the results to be approved by the voting boards, followed by testimony from the Secretary of State by August 19.

Under Washington’s primary system, all candidates compete on the same ballot, and the two highest-ranked votes in each of Tuesday’s races advance to the November elections, regardless of party.

Of the 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach Trump, four chose not to run for re-election. Michigan Rep. Peter Major was lost in Tuesday’s primary to John Gibbs and Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina and lost to a challenger that Trump endorsed in June. Representative David Valadao of California – which holds open primaries like Washington – has survived a fundamental challenge. Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming prepares to lose the August 16 primary to a Trump-backed challenger.

In another major match in the 8th congressional district, incumbent Democratic Representative Kim Shearer led to the November ballot with more than 47% of the vote, and the candidate will face former state attorney general Matt Larkin in November.

With about 17% of the vote, Larkin outperformed King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, the former federal prosecutor whose mother once held the seat. Dunn gave up the race on Thursday. The district is a major target of the Republican Party’s effort to regain control of the House of Representatives.

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