Representative Dan Newhouse of Washington, certainly one of 10 House Republicans who voted to question President Donald J. Trump for inciting the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, will advance to the November general election to hunt a fifth term after ending in the highest two in a crowded primary, in accordance with The Associated Press. He’ll face Doug White, a Democratic businessman, who narrowly trailed him as of Friday night.
Under Washington election laws, the highest two candidates in the first, no matter party, advance to the final election. The race in Washington’s Fourth Congressional District featured seven Republicans, including Mr. Newhouse, and one Democrat, Mr. White.
Mr. Newhouse, 66, drew the ire of Mr. Trump and native Republicans after supporting his second impeachment.
A hops and alfalfa farmer, Mr. Newhouse had been vice chairman of Mr. Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign in Washington State. But after the impeachment vote, six Republican county chairmen in his district called on him to resign.
Mr. Newhouse — who, like his father, served as a state legislator — resisted those demands, saying he remained a conservative Republican and urging the party as a substitute to give attention to holding the Biden administration accountable.
He was supported by the Defending Major Street super PAC, which ran an promoting campaign price a couple of half-million dollars, in accordance with AdImpact, an commercial tracking firm.
The super PAC’s most-watched TV spot attacked Mr. Newhouse’s Trump-endorsed challenger, Loren Culp, over an unpaid corporate tax bill and accused him of “padding his own pockets” with campaign donations.
Mr. Culp, a former police chief of Republic, Wash., made disputing Mr. Trump’s defeat in 2020 certainly one of his top campaign issues, and in addition pledged to dissolve the Education Department and fight vaccine mandates. He was the Republican nominee within the 2020 governor’s race, a contest he never conceded despite losing to Gov. Jay Inslee by greater than 13 percentage points.
Mr. Culp had raised just $310,700 as of July 13, in accordance with campaign finance reports. That was a fraction of the $1.6 million collected by Mr. Newhouse and in addition trailed one other Republican, Jerrod Sessler, who raised $508,900.
Mr. Sessler, a Navy veteran and former NASCAR driver, invested greater than $350,000 of his own money within the race. He has said he attended Mr. Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6 and marched to the Capitol with hundreds of other supporters, but didn’t enter the constructing.
“I’m running because our rights, without delay, for the people alive today in America, are being stolen,” Mr. Sessler told The Spokesman-Review. “Literally. I feel the 2020 election was the largest heist in world history.”
Mr. White, who raised $390,700, has described himself as a moderate politician who was motivated to hunt federal office after the Capitol riot. Running within the heavily Republican district, Mr. White didn’t mention his party affiliation in his lone TV spot, which he used as a substitute to advertise a platform that included reducing costs, reforming immigration and “making our communities safer.”
Other Republican candidates were Corey Gibson, a marketing executive; Benancio Garcia III, a former state Agriculture Department loan specialist; Jacek Kobiesa, a mechanical engineer; and Brad Klippert, a state representative and deputy within the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.