OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican Rep. Dan Newhouse, who voted to impeach Donald Trump, advanced to the general election Friday after days of counting votes in the Washington state primary. But fellow Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler saw his edge against a Trump-backed opponent quickly shrinking into recount territory with thousands of votes to count.
Both faced cross-partisan challenges over their vote to impeach Trump following the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Newhouse, the four-term incumbent in central Washington’s 4th congressional district and Democrat Doug White were essentially tied, each capturing about 25% of the vote on a crowded ballot. White also advanced to the fall vote. Loren Culp, a Trump-backed former small-town police chief who lost the 2020 gubernatorial race to Democrat Jay Inslee, was at about 21%.
In the 3rd Congressional District in southwestern Washington, Democrat Marie Pérez won the most votes, with 31% of the vote. Herrera Beutler, who had about 24% on Tuesday night, fell to 22.6% on Thursday night, 257 votes ahead of Joe Kent, a Trump-backed former Green Beret, who was at 22.5. %.
A mandatory recount would occur if the margin of votes between the No. 2 and No. 3 candidates is less than half 1% and closer to 2,000 votes.
Because Washington is a vote-by-mail state and ballots only need to be ready by Election Day, it often takes days to know the final results in close races as ballots arrive at county elections offices during the election day. week.
An estimated 35,000 votes remain to be counted, and the three counties where votes remain to be counted, most in the 3rd District’s largest county, Clark, will not update their tallies again until Monday afternoon. Counties have until Aug. 16 to finish their count and for canvassing boards to certify the results, followed by certification by the secretary of state by Aug. 19.
Under Washington’s primary system, all candidates run on the same ballot, with the top two vote-getters in each of Tuesday’s contests advancing to the November election, regardless of party.
Of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, four chose not to run for re-election. Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer was defeated in a primary on Tuesday by Trump-backed John Gibbs, and Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina lost to a Trump-backed challenger in June. Representative David Valadao of California, which has an open primary like Washington, survived a major challenge. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming is bracing for defeat in her Aug. 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival.
In another key party in the 8th Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Rep. Kim Schrier advanced to the November ballot with more than 47% of the vote and will face former state Attorney General candidate Matt Larkin in November.
With about 17% of the vote, Larkin edged out King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, a former federal prosecutor whose mother once held the position. Dunn gave up the run Thursday. The district is a key target of the GOP’s efforts to retake control of the House.