Republican Newhouse advances in Washington primary against Trump-backed challenger

Newhouse’s opponents included Loren Culp, whose campaign website enjoys an endorsement from Trump and features a photo of Culp with the former president. Culp came in third place in the primary.

Newhouse, who was first elected in 2014, will face Doug White, a farmer and restaurateur who is running on the Democratic ticket, in the Nov. 8 general election where voters will decide which party will control Congress. The neighborhood is solidly Republican.

Jaime Herrera Beutler, another Republican who voted to impeach Trump and who represents a neighboring district, remained in a close contest with Joe Kent, a former Green Beret also backed by Trump.

The Washington primaries are unusual in the United States as candidates from all parties compete with only the top two running in the general election.

This year’s Republican primaries were marked by Trump’s involvement. Across the country, he has backed right-wing Republican challengers whom he views as disloyal.

Newhouse and Herrera-Beutler were among them. The results for Trump have been mixed, with some of the candidates he has targeted winning in their primaries and others being knocked down.

Trump was impeached after delivering a fiery speech calling on his supporters to come to the Capitol and fight. Hundreds of them stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory, a usually procedural process.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; editing by Diane Craft)

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