According to The Associated Press, Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington, who was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Former President Donald J. Trump for inciting the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, will move on to the general election in November to seek a fifth term after finishing in the top two of a crowded primary election. Newhouse’s vote to impeach Trump was one of the reasons that Newhouse advanced to the general election. His opponent will be Democratic businessman Doug White, who was just slightly behind him in the polls as of Friday night.
According to the statutes governing elections in Washington, the top two candidates in the primary election, irrespective of party affiliation, proceed to the general election. Seven candidates, including Mr. Newhouse, were running as Republicans for the congressional seat in Washington’s Fourth Congressional District, while just one candidate, Mr. White, was running as a Democrat.
After backing Mr. Trump’s second impeachment, Mr. Newhouse, who is 66 years old, aroused the ire of both Mr. Trump and local Republicans.
Mr. Newhouse, who farms hops and alfalfa, served as the vice chairman of Mr. Trump’s re-election campaign in Washington State throughout the 2020 election cycle. However, after the vote for impeachment, six Republican county chairmen from his district asked him to step down from his position.
Mr. Newhouse, who, like his father, served as a state legislator, resisted those demands, saying that he remained a conservative Republican and urging the party to instead concentrate on holding the Biden administration accountable. Mr. Newhouse followed in his father’s footsteps and served as a state legislator.
According to AdImpact, a company that tracks advertisements, he received financial backing from a super PAC known as Defending Main Street, which also launched an advertising campaign with a budget of almost half a million dollars.
The most popular advertisement produced by the super PAC criticised Mr. Newhouse’s Trump-backed opponent, Loren Culp, for failing to pay a business tax bill and accused him of “padding his own pockets” with contributions to the candidate’s election campaign.
Mr. Culp, a former police chief in Republic, Washington, has made it one of his primary campaign concerns to question whether or not Mr. Trump would lose the election in 2020. He has also committed to get rid of the Education Department and to oppose mandatory vaccinations. In the run for governor in 2020, he was the Republican contender, and although though he lost to incumbent Jay Inslee by a margin of more than 13 percentage points, he never surrendered the race.
According to reports on the finances of Mr. Culp’s campaign as of July 13, he had only raised 310,700 dollars. That was a pittance compared to the $1.6 million that Mr. Newhouse brought in, and it also put him behind another Republican candidate, Jerrod Sessler, who brought in $508,900.
More than $350,000 of Mr. Sessler’s personal money was put into the race, and he is a former NASCAR racer as well as a veteran of the United States Navy. He has said that he went to Mr. Trump’s “Stop the Steal” protest on January 6 and marched to the Capitol building with hundreds of other supporters; however, he did not get inside the building.
Mr. Sessler said to The Spokesman-Review that he intended to run for office due to the fact that “our rights, right now, for the people living now in America, are being taken.” “Literally. I believe that the election in 2020 was the largest theft in the history of the planet.
Mr. White, who collected $390,700, has defined himself as a moderate politician who was driven to pursue federal office following the violence in the Capitol. He has said that the riot inspired him to run for office. Mr. White, who was running for office in a district that is overwhelmingly held by Republicans, did not mention his party affiliation in the one and only television advertisement that he aired. Instead, he used the advertisement to promote a platform that included lowering costs, reforming immigration, and “making our communities safer.”