Tuesday’s House primary could shape the 2022 midterm election

August means the primary calendar is heating up ahead of November’s midterm elections, with races that could decide the direction of Congress in the next term.

NEW YORK — Three Republican members of the US House of Representatives who voted to impeach Donald Trump Above the uprising of January 6th will be challenged in Tuesday’s primary by rivals backed by the former president.

The primaries for Congressmen Peter Meijer, Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse are the biggest test yet for GOP incumbents, who broke with Trump after a mob of his supporters stormed the US Capitol to keep him in power . Trump has vowed revenge on the 10 House Republicans who crossed party lines in the impeachment vote.

Of the 10, four chose not to run for re-election this year’s midterm elections. As for those who did, Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina lost to a Trump-backed challenger in June, while Rep. David Valadao of California survived a challenge the same month by another Republican advancing to the general election. representative Wyoming’s Liz Cheney prepares for defeat in their August 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival.

The polls in Michigan and Missouri, states where two members of the progressive “squad” face key challengers, are already closed. Two Democratic incumbents are going head-to-head in a newly-drawn congressional district in Michigan. In Arizona, GOP voters will decide whether to nominate a key QAnon figure for a congressional seat.

Some of the top choices:

CONTACT VOTERS AFTER IMPEACHMENT VOTES

The three House Republicans who face major challenges Tuesday over Trump’s impeachment say they have no regrets about their vote.

In Michigan, Meijer voted for impeachment just days after being sworn in for his first term. The former president has supported Meijer’s opponent John Gibbsa businessman and missionary who served in the Trump administration under Housing Secretary Ben Carson.

Gibbs has claimed Meijer is not a true Republican for voting to impeach Trump, and Gibbs has slammed Meijer for supporting a bipartisan gun control bill that President Joe Biden signed into law in June.

Meijer, a member of the Army Reserves who served in Iraq, has criticized Biden for the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and his handling of the economy. The congressman’s family is well known in the Midwest as the owner of grocery megastore chain Meijer, and he has a major fundraising advantage over Gibbs. The winner will face Democrat Hillary Scholten in November in the state’s pro-Democratic 3rd congressional district.

In Washington state, the two Republicans who voted to impeach are contesting a crowded primary, from which the top two voters, regardless of political party, will advance to November’s general election.

Herrera Beutler’s primary against eight challengers, four of whom are Republicans, in Washington state’s 3rd congressional district one of the toughest of her career. Trump supports Joe Kent, a former Green Beret who spread the former President’s lies that the 2020 election was stolen.

Herrera Beutler has been in Congress since 2011, representing an area that has favored Republicans.

In central Washington, Newhouse, a four-term congressman, faces seven challengers, six of whom are Republicans, in the solidly conservative 4th congressional district. Its competitors include Loren Culpa former small-town police chief who refused to allow the governor’s race in 2020. Culp has Trump’s support but has lagged behind other candidates in fundraising.

CANDIDATE AFFILIATED WITH QANON

Ron Watkinsone of the most prominent figures in the QAnon conspiracy movement, running for a seat in the House of Representatives in Arizona’s sprawling 2nd congressional district.

He served as a long-time administrator of online message boards that helped start the conspiracy movement whose followers believe a group of satanic, cannibalistic child molesters is secretly ruling the globe.

Watkins no longer runs the message boards and has denied fueling the QAnon movement. He said he was running for Congress because he hoped to “fix the machine from the inside.”

He is considered a long shot in the crowded GOP field as he was outperformed by the other candidates in campaign fundraising.

State Assemblyman Walter Blackman and Eli Crane, a former Navy SEAL who owns a bottle opener business and was backed by Trump, are considered the leading GOP contenders. The winner will face Democratic US Rep. Tom O’Halleran in November in a Republican-preferring district.

FROM COLLEAGUES TO COMPETITORS

Two incumbent Michigan Democrats, Reps. Andy Levin and Haley Stevens, are up against each other for a newly drawn 11th congressional district in suburban Detroit. They are vying for a left-leaning spot, meaning the winner of Tuesday’s contest is likely to win the November seat.

Stevens flipped a district long held by Republicans in 2018. Before running for office, she ran the auto rescue under President Barack Obama.

Levin also won his first term in 2018, taking over the seat long held by his father, Rep. Sander “Sandy” Levin. He was assisted by Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.

CHALLENGE OF THE ‘SQUAD’

Two members of the Squad in Congress face major challenges Tuesday.

in michigan, Rep. Rashida Tlaib She faces three Democratic challengers while seeking a third term. she is Running in a redrawn borough of Detroit where the winner is expected to easily capture the seat of the 12th congressional district in November. Tlaib’s main competition is longtime Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfreywho is well known in the city.

In Missouri, first-term Congressman Cori Bush faces a challenge in the state’s 1st congressional district. State Senator Steve Roberts gambles that Bush, a vocal advocate of defunding the police force and shifting funds to social services and mental health programs, is too liberal even for heavily Democratic St. Louis.

Roberts has twice faced rape allegations, although prosecutors said they had insufficient evidence to warrant charges. He has accused the Bush campaign of digging up the allegations to detract from its record.

Bush has touted her accomplishments, including convincing the Environmental Protection Agency to clean up radioactive waste near a creek in St. Louis County, and urged action on climate change resist evictions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 YEARS AFTER TUCSON SHOOTING WORK SEEKS PRACTICAL PLACE FOR GIFFORDS

Daniel Hernandez Jr., the hero intern Credited with saving the life of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after an assassination attempt in 2011, she is running for her former seat in Congress.

Hernandez, who recently resigned from the state Legislature to focus on his campaign, faces another former lawmaker in the Democratic primary. However, the once hard-fought Tucson-centered district now favors Republicans after redrawing the borders.

Hernandez was a 20-year-old student in his first week of internship at Giffords when he went to their inaugural event, “Congress on your Corner.” There, a gunman opened fire, killing six and injuring 13. Hernandez kept the Democratic congresswoman conscious and applied pressure to her head wound until paramedics arrived.

Associated Press writers Sara Burnett in Chicago, Felicia Fonseca in Flagstaff, Arizona, Joey Cappelletti in Lansing, Michigan, Jonathan J. Cooper in Phoenix, Rachel La Corte in Olympia, Washington, and Jim Salter in St. Louis contributed to this report.

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Laura Coffey

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