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There’s Serious Trouble Brewing for a Pro-Trump Impeachment Republican in Washington State

Pro-Trump impeachment Republican Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler is in serious trouble in Washington. Beutler is facing a primary challenge from Joe Kent, whom we had the pleasure of interviewing on the Triggered podcast. Kent is Trump endorsed, an 11-tour combat veteran, and a Gold Star husband. His wife, Shannon, was killed in Syria fighting ISIS in 2019. Kent served in U.S. Army Special forces for 20 years. He’s an unabashed ‘America First’ Republican who could be on the precipice of knocking Beutler from the top two spots in this primary contest.

Washington’s election laws might be an alien world to some people. Everyone mails in their ballot, and they’re a “top-two primary state.” It’s a jungle primary on steroids. The top two vote-getters move onto the general, and it’s possible that two candidates of the same party run against each other. If you think this is a backward system, you might have a point, though voters approved this with 60 percent of the vote in 2004 (via K5 NBC):

Washington state’s Primary Election is right around the corner on Aug. 2, and Washington is a top-two primary state. So, what does that mean?

The top-two primary allows voters to choose among all candidates running for each office, according to the Washington Secretary of State’s Office. The two candidates who receive the most votes during the Primary Election will move on to the General Election, sometimes resulting in two candidates from the same party facing off.

As the vote tallies trickled in, Beutler’s lead over Kent was cut in half during the latest ballot dump. Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman posted today that the incumbent Republican needs a “miracle” to avoid being knocked out of the top two spots. 

The butcher’s bill of Republicans who joined Democrats in their Trump impeachment circus might get another name added to the list. We’ll have to wait for more returns on Monday because election officials have gone home for the weekend:

Meanwhile, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), who also backed Trump’s impeachment, barely survived. 

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