Republicans Who Voted for Impeachment Face Pro-Trump Primary Challengers

Republicans Who Voted for Impeachment Face Pro-Trump Primary Challengers
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The ten Republicans that voted to impeach former President Donald Trump earlier this year may have trouble holding on to their seats, with nine of the lawmakers already facing primary challenges from pro-Trump candidates.

From Fox News:

Trump vows to work against those Republicans as they run for reelection in 2022, and has already endorsed one primary challenger and signaled there are more to come.

“Instead of attacking me and, more importantly, the voters of our movement, top establishment Republicans in Washington should be spending their energy in opposing Biden, Pelosi, Schumer and the Democrats,” Trump said in his February CPAC speech.

“Get rid of them all,” he said of the Republicans who voted to impeach him.
Trump’s vow has already resulted in several primary challenges, including a high-profile challenge to Rep. Liz Cheney. While Cheney already lost her seat in leadership over her anti-Trump positions, the upcoming election could pose an even greater threat to the Wyoming Republican:
State Sen. Anthony Bouchard has raised the most money so far, recently eclipsing $500,000. Bouchard told Fox News that Cheney’s impeachment vote “made it obvious … to everyone” that “she has not had a conservative vote in Washington.”

Cheney, for her part, has been defiant amid the harsh criticism of her opposition to Trump.

Other lawmakers that are facing primary challenges include Reps. Tom Rice, Jaime Herrera Beutler, Adam Kinzinger, Dan Newhouse, Anthony Gonzalez, Fred Upton, David Valadao, John Katko, and Peter Meijer.

Meijer, who was newly elected in 2020, replaced former Rep. Justin Amash in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District. Amash, a libertarian leaning Republican and former Tea Party favorite who took office in 2011, was the focus of a primary battle himself after supporting the first impeachment effort against Trump.

Amash eventually left the GOP in favor of the Libertarian Party, announcing last July that he would not seek reelection for his seat.


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