Today marks 90 days before the election, and it’s time to check in on the Representatives and Senators that voted for impeachment.
Ten Republicans in the United States House of Representatives and seven Republican Senators voted with Democrats for the Impeachment of President Trump. Only three of the Senate seats are up this term, and two retired. Here’s how they are faring now:
Lisa Murkowski in Alaska is the only Senator to face a Trump-back candidate on August 16th. Trump endorsed Kelly Tshibaka, and she will need to be one of the top-four candidates to advance to the general election. The top-four primary is being used for the first time in a Senate race since Alaska voters approved the concept in 2020. Regardless of party affiliation, all candidates run in a single primary election.
Liz Cheney, the only Representative in Wyoming, is facing a tough primary with Trump-backed Harriet Hageman. The primary will occur on August 16, 2022. Liz has been asking Democrats to cross lines and vote for her to help drag her across the finish line.
Cheney – Primary on August 16, 2022
Rice – Lost in Primary to Trump-Backed Candidate
Beutler – Lost in Primary to Trump-Backed Candidate
Meijer – Lost in Primary to Trump-Backed Candidate
Gonzales – Retired, Trump-Backed Candidate Won
Upton – Retired, Trump-Backed Candidate Won
Kinzinger – Retired. The seat was removed in redistricting
Katko – Retired. The primary is on August 23rd
Newhouse – Won
Valadao – Won, with no Trump-backed Candidate
Senator Burr – Retired, Trump-Backed Candidate Won
Senator Toomey – Retired, Trump-Backed Candidate Won
Senator Murkowski – Primary on August 16, 2022
Anthony Gonzales in Ohio 16th District talked about Trump in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.
“The cold hard truth is Donald Trump led us into a ditch on January 6. The former president lied to us. He lied to every one of us and in doing so he cost (Republicans) the House, the Senate and the White House,” Gonzalez said on “State of the Union.”
He added: “I see, fundamentally, a person who shouldn’t be able to hold office again because of what he did around January 6. But I also see somebody who’s an enormous political loser. And I don’t know why anybody who wants to win elections going forward would follow that. I simply, like, I don’t get it ethically. I certainly don’t get it politically. Neither of them makes sense.”
Of course, he was also the first Republican to announce his retirement, prompting a “1 down, 9 to go” from Trump. Max Miller, Trump’s endorsed candidate, is on the ballot in the General Election.
Jamie Herrera Beutler in Washington’s 3rd District is losing her Primary against President Trump’s endorsed candidate Joe Kent, a military veteran. It’s not official until August 19th, but the numbers are on his side.
In a press release, Beutler said:
The President of the United States incited a riot aiming to halt the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to the next. That riot led to five deaths. People everywhere watched in disbelief as the center of American democracy was assaulted. The violent mob bludgeoned to death a Capitol police officer as they defaced symbols of our freedom. These terrorists roamed the Capitol, hunting the Vice President and the Speaker of the House.
Daily Caller reported Beutler received significant support from the Leadership and other organizations.
Herrera Beutler, in her sixth-term representing the state’s 3rd Congressional District, received significant financial support from House GOP leadership. Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s joint fundraising committee Take Back the House 2022 gave the Herrera Beutler campaign nearly $167,000, and campaign chief Tom Emmer reportedly attended a fundraising event for the embattled incumbent. Herrera Beutler also received about $157,000 from joint fundraising committees associated with the 501(c)4 organization Winning for Women.
Dan Newhouse in Washington’s 4th District did survive his primary challenger and will be on the ballot in November.
In the 16th District of Illinois, Adam Kinzinger announced his retirement in October 2021. He saw the writing on the wall. Kinzinger continues disappointing Republicans by joining the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021. In August, CNN announced Kinzinger has started a group training new leaders.
Keep Country First Policy Action, the nonprofit group, created the “Country First Academy” to focus on those especially interested in serving on the local level, as allies of former President Donald Trump continue to spread lies about the 2020 election and question the integrity of the upcoming elections.
Peter Meijer lost his primary to Trump-Backed John Gibbs in Michigan’s 3rd District.
Fred Upton in Michigan’s 6th District announced his retirement in April of this year. It would’ve been his 19th term. He faced a newly drawn 4th district and Trump-backed Rep. Bill Huizenga that ended up winning unopposed.
David Valadao in California’s 21st District did not face a Trump-backed challenger and also won his primary. Valadao benefitted from California’s top two-primary system and narrowly beat Republican Chris Mathys.
John Katko of New York’s 24th District announced earlier this year that he would retire. The primary is on August 23 and will be under a new map.
The Trump-backed state Rep. Russell Fry defeated Tom Rice in the 7th District of South Carolina. The New York Post reported that Fry not only beat him, but he received roughly double the votes.
A candidate backed by former President Donald Trump defeated Congressman Tom Rice in Tuesday’s South Carolina GOP primary after the five-term incumbent voted to impeach Trump over the Jan. 6 insurrection.
State lawmaker Russell Fry defeated Rice in the 7th Congressional District when he garnered roughly double the number of votes the congress member received in the Republican primary election.
By the time the race was called by The Associated Press, Fry had earned 51% of votes compared to the incumbent’s 25% — with about 95% of votes tallied.
Richard Burr in North Carolina had announced he would retire in 2016. President Trump endorsed Tedd Budd.
Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania announced his retirement in October 2020. Trump-backed Mehmet Oz won the seat in the primary.