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Trump House pick overtakes Congressman who voted for impeachment

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Associated Press

Rachel La Corte

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Joe Kent calls incumbent Republican Congressman Jaime Herrera Beutler on the impeachment of former President Donald Trump. objected over. Trump has a close lead in his race for second place in Washington state's top two primaries. Under the

state primary system, all candidates run on the same ballot, and the top two vote-getters advance to his November election regardless of party.

Democrat Marie Grusenkamp Perez was the top vote-getter after the August 2 primary with 31% of the vote, so she was already on the ballot in November. Herrera Beutler, who had about 24% on election night, by Monday she was down to just over 22%, trailing Kent — the former Green Beret backed by Trump — by 813 votes.

If the vote difference between the 2nd place candidate and her 3rd place candidate is less than half of her 1% and close to 2,000 votes, a forced recount will occur. increase. There are an estimated 10,000 votes left in Clark County, the largest of the

districts, and another update won't come until Tuesday afternoon. Hundreds of ballots have yet to be counted in the district's other counties, but the county will complete counting by Aug. 16 and the results will be certified by the Balloting Commission, followed by certification by the Secretary of State by Aug. 19.

Because Washington is a vote-by-mail state and ballots must arrive by Election Day, ballots must reach county elections offices throughout the week. So it often takes days to know the final result in a close match.

Of his ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, four chose not to run for re-election. Michigan Rep. Peter Major lost Tuesday's primary to pro-Trump John Gibbs, while South Carolina Rep. Tom Rice lost to a pro-Trump challenger in June. Rep. David Valadao of California, who has primaries open like Washington, survived the primary challenge. Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney is poised to lose to her Trump-backed rival in the Aug. 16 primary.

Washington State Rep. Dan Newhouse advanced to the general election in last week's Washington state primary, fending off his pro-Trump rival and trailing Democratic opponent Doug White on the November ballot. We plan to run together.