Washington State Republican Who Voted To Impeach Trump Defends Seat


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A Washington state Republican who was one of 10 GOP lawmakers to vote for impeaching then-President Donald Trump has learned his fate.

Rep. Dan Newhouse has managed to successfully defend his seat and was reelected to another two-year term, reports said on Wednesday.

“Newhouse, representing Washington’s 4th Congressional District, was called the winner on Election Night with 49.92% of the vote in, according to The Associated Press. Newhouse polled 68.5% (82,445 votes), while his challenger, Democrat Doug White, polled 31.5% (37,859 votes),” Fox News Digital noted, adding that Newhouse managed to fend off several GOP primary challengers as well.

The outlet noted further:


The Republican’s re-election is a rare success compared to most of the other nine impeachment voters during this political cycle.

Of the 10 House Republicans who voted for Trump’s impeachment, four opted not to run for re-election. Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer was defeated in a primary on Aug. 2 by Trump-endorsed John Gibbs and Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina lost to a Trump-endorsed challenger in June. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was defeated in her Aug. 16 primary against a Trump-backed rival.

While overall, Republicans appear to have underperformed expectations during this year’s midterms — historically, the party in the White House suffers big losses in Congress — other GOP candidates did very well also, including the party’s up-and-coming superstar, Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida.

DeSantis managed to pull off a landslide victory on Tuesday over Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, himself a one-term Sunshine State governor who defected to the opposition party.

In his victory speech Tuesday evening with wife Casey DeSantis at his side, the popular governor, who won by nearly 20 points, laid out his vision for the future as well as why he believes he won so convincingly.

“We made promises to the people of Florida and we have delivered on those promises. And so today, after four years, the people have delivered their verdict. Freedom is here to stay,” DeSantis said. “Now, thanks to the overwhelming support of the people of Florida, we not only won election, we have rewritten the political map. Thank you for honoring us with a win for the ages.”

He went on to point out that his emphasis on keeping the state open and functioning as much as possible, especially during the pandemic, led to historic numbers of Americans relocating there, and many of them, if not most, registering as Republicans.


“Now this great exodus of Americans, for those folks, Florida for so many of them, has served as the promised land,” DeSantis said. “We have embraced freedom. We have maintained law and order. We have protected the rights of parents. We have respected our taxpayers and we reject woke ideology. We fight the woke in the legislature, we fight the woke in the schools, we fight the woke in the corporations, we will never ever surrender to the woke mob. Florida is where woke goes to die!”

“People have come here because our policies work,” DeSantis went on. “Leadership matters. We refuse to use polls and put our finger in the wind. Leaders don’t follow, they lead. We set out a vision. We executed on that vision. And we produced historic results, and the people of this state have responded in record fashion. Now while our country flounders due to failed leadership in Washington, Florida is on the right track.

“I believe the survival of the American experiment requires a revival of true American principles. Florida has proved that it can be done. We offer a ray of hope that better days still lie ahead. I am proud of our achievements in this state. I am honored by your support, and I look forward to the road ahead. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race in this first term. And I have kept the faith. We’ve accomplished more than anybody thought possible four years ago, but we’ve got so much more to do and I have only begun to fight,” he concluded.

DeSantis was in a terrific place heading into Tuesday night after raising a record-breaking $200 million for his re-election campaign. By comparison, Crist only raised around $31 million, Politico reported. DeSantis has only spent around $100,000 on his campaign which means he still has around $90 million left in the bank.

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