GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler concedes election loss after voting to impeach Trump


Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA) lost her seat to a Trump-endorsed GOP primary challenger, Army veteran Joe Kent, who edged her out for second place in the state’s all-party primary after hammering the incumbent over a vote to impeach the former president.

She conceded in a statement Tuesday, saying, “I’m proud that I always told the truth, stuck to my principles, and did what I knew to be best for our country.”

In last Tuesday’s 3rd Congressional District primary, Herrera Beutler, a nearly 12-year incumbent, came in third place. Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez clinched a spot on the November ballot by coming in first, while Kent advanced to second place after a week of counting the votes.

Herrera Beutler was one of 10 pro-impeachment House Republicans and the third to lose her reelection bid, joining the ranks of Reps. Peter Meijer (R-MI) and Tom Rice (R-SC).

The district encompasses the southernmost portion of western and central Washington, across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon.

Herrera Beutler’s reelection bid was a test of whether a Republican who backed former President Donald Trump’s impeachment over his behavior surrounding the Jan. 6 Capitol riots could survive reelection… (Read more)