Michigan’s Peter Meijier, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump following the attack on Capitol Hill, will not return to Congress next year.
Meijer lost his primary on Tuesday to a Trump-backed Holocaust denier – while Trump supporters and Holocaust deniers won primaries across the country.
Meijer, a first-time congressman, was defeated by John Gibbs. In a statement, Meijer said: “I am proud to have remained true to my principles, even if it came at a significant political cost.”
He posted angrier words on Monday, lambasting Democrats who spent campaign dollars supporting Gibbs, deeming him beatable midway through November.
In an online test, Meijer said, “Democrats justify this political jiu-jitsu by arguing that politics is a tough business. I don’t disagree.
“But this tenacity is bound by certain moral limits: those who participated in the attack on the Capitol, for example, clearly stand outside these limits. But over the course of the midterms, Democrats seem to have forgotten where those boundaries lie.
Republican voters, Meijer added, “will be blamed if one of these candidates is ultimately elected, but there’s no question the Democrats’ fingerprints will be on the gun.” We should never forget that.
Gibbs repeated Trump’s lies about a stolen 2020 election and claimed Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign chairman participated in a satanic ritual involving bodily fluids.
Meijer is the second of 10 Republicans who voted for impeachment to lose his seat, following South Carolina’s Tom Rice, defeated by a Trump-backed challenger in June.
Four others, including Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a prominent member of the House Jan. 6 committee, chose to retire rather than face voters.
David Valadao of California survived. Tuesday, the washington state Representatives Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse appeared ready to join Valadao in the fight against the November elections. They led Trump-backed challengers, but because Washington state holds elections by mail, full results were not known.
Herrera Beutler’s challengers include Joe Kent, a former Green Beret linked to right-wing extremists who employs an aide who was a member of the Proud Boys. Newhouse’s opponents include Loren Culp, a former gubernatorial candidate who falsely claimed his 13-point loss to Jay Inslee in 2020 was the result of voter fraud.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, supporters of Trump’s voter fraud lie fared well.
In Arizonaa swing state, U.S. Senate candidate Blake Masters, whose campaign was funded by tech investor Peter Thiel, won his primary after echoing Trump’s lies and exaggerating cultural grievances, including critical theory of race and the supposed censorship of big technologies.
He will face former astronaut Mark Kelly for a seat that could decide control of the Senate.
In the race for Arizona’s secretary of state, a position that oversees the conduct of elections, Mark Finchem, a state lawmaker who worked to overturn Trump’s 2020 defeat in Arizona, won his primary.
In the Arizona Legislature, House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who testified at a January 6 hearing about Trump’s push to cancel the 2020 election, lost his primary for a Senate seat from state in favor of a Trump-backed candidate, David Farnsworth.
The possible exception to Trump’s winning streak was gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, who trailed Karrin Taylor Robson, a candidate endorsed by Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence. Election day and late ballots are still counted.
Meijer’s condition, Michigan, also saw a Trump-backed candidate win the Republican gubernatorial primary. Conservative media personality Tudor Dixon will take on Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in November.
Dixon’s past as an actor in low-budget horror films – with titles such as Buddy BeBop Vs the Living Dead – has become a campaign issue.
In MissouriRepublican voters who Trump says should vote for ‘Eric’ chose between three Erics in their US Senate primary, backing state Attorney General Eric Schmitt over former Governor Eric Greitens, who resigned in disgrace in 2018.
Democrats nominated a beer heiress, Trudy Busch Valentine, rather than populist Lucas Kunce.