Six-term US Congressman Jaime Herrera Beutler has conceded defeat to Donald Trump-backed challenger Joe Kent. on Tuesday after new vote The results confirmed that she place third in Home.
The concession was another proof of political price paid by Republicans who dared to impeach Trump over his role in fueling the attack in January 2021 on US Capitol. Out of 10 Republicans in the House of Representatives who joined democrats in what voteHerrera Beutler was the seventh to retire or be expelled in primary.
Kent, army combat veteran and also the first Candidate for time, will be face Democrat Marie Glusenkamp Perez in November. She posted first in home with about 31% of in vote up to 23% for Kent and 22% for Herrera Beutler.
In the prepared concession application just after 17:00 Herrera Beutler thanked the voters of Southwestern Washington’s 3rd congressional district for supporting her for many years, and mentioned accomplishments, including work on help local fishing industry and the adoption of a law on help low income children receive specialized medical care.
“Ever since I was first elected for this place i did my best best serve my home region and our country. Although my campaign came up shorter this time, I’m proud of everything we did together for in place where I grew up and still call homeHerrera Beutler said. in statement.
Herrera Boytler did not mention either Kent or Trump, but made clear reference to vote Trump impeachment over Capitol attack.
Speaking of “unexpected and difficult” moments, Herrera Beutler said: “I am proud that I always spoke the truth, stuck to my principles and did what I knew best for our country.”
Trump issued a statement on Tuesday evening celebrating Herrera Beutler’s defeat.
“Joe Kent just won incredible race against every chance in Washington state. Most importantly, he knocked out another impeachment, Jaime Herrera Beutler, who so stupidly played right into the hands of Democrats,” Trump said. Joe is a great guy who bravely served our country as a green beret. He really has bright future”.
Kent campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
He ruled campaign marked by loyalty to Trump – repeating former presidential false 2020 election announcements and advancing the America First agenda, including a near-total malfunction on immigration and refugees. He also swore move impeach President Joe Biden immediately if elected and start investigating of democrats.
On the social media as well as in speeches on Fox News, Kent loudly criticized an FBI search warrant issued Monday at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, where agents were reportedly searching. for secret documents illegally seized former the president.
“Currently, more than ever, we must come together to save our nation. AT enemy organized & on in attack we must be ready for fight back”, Kent tweeted on Monday.
Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, led by Kent on election night, but slipped through in subsequent vote believes finally falls behind Kent on Monday. After new counts tuesday in Clark and Thurston counties, Kent retained its authority on second place, leading Herrera Beutler by 928 votes out of more over 200,000 cast in in race.
Kent went to general elections despite flood of attack advertising fueled more more than 4 million dollars in outside PAC money aimed at helping the incumbent to survive in the primary in in face of widespread anger among GOP voters over her impeachment vote. A little of what money derived from the newly created super PAC, which calculated its costs for avoid identification of their donors before the end of the primary.
Former green beret combat veteran and gold star husbandKent first met Trump at Dover Air Force Base in 2019, after Kent’s wife, Navy cryptologist Shannon Kent, was killed by a suicide bomber. in Syria during the fight against the Islamic State terrorist group.
Trump supported Kent last year, calling him “warrior for “America First” agenda and attacks on Herrera Beutler for supporting “The Democrat Impeachment Scam”.
Glusenkamp Perez is alive in Rural District of Skamania and co-owner of Portland auto repair shop with her husband. She was involved in State Democratic Party and ran unsuccessfully for Skamania County Council of Commissioners in 2016.
In a statement Monday after Kent handed over Hererra Beutler for second place Glusenkamp Perez said in November race will be “a national leader for in direction of our country.”
Calling Kent a white nationalist for his ties to extremist groups, she said that his “unforgivable extremism and divisive approach demonstrate that he is not for public office”.
AT race can still lead for a mandatory recalculation, although it almost never changes the result. BUT machine recalculation required if the gap between candidates #2 and #3 is smaller half of 1% or less 2000 votes.