(Republican Party News) – Something a lot of Republicans In Name Only are learning this year is that there are dire consequences for wrongly believing that President Donald Trump no longer has any sort of major pull or sway in the GOP. Just ask the 10 Republicans who decided to throw their lot in with the Democrats and vote to impeach Trump for his alleged involvement in the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol.
According to the Daily Caller, out of these 10, there are only two who managed to survive their primary races and make it into the general election coming up this November, each of those being from states that employ the use of a top-two primary system.
So who are the two who managed to somehow slip through the cracks and land in the midterms later this fall? Reps. David Valadao of California and Dan Newhouse of Washington both won their primaries running in two out of four states that use a top-two primary system.
“Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowsi of Alaska, who voted to convict Trump in his second impeachment trial, advanced alongside Republican challenger Kelly Tshibaka, who campaigned with Trump, in a top-four ranked choice primary,” the DC reported.
“Republican Reps. Fred Upton of Michigan, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, John Katko of New York and Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio all opted not to run at all this year. Peter Meijer of Michigan, Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Tom Rice of South Carolina and Liz Cheney of Wyoming all lost their primaries to a Trump-endorsed opponent,” the report continued.
“Valadao likely benefited from being the only impeachment supporter not facing a Trump-backed challenger, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. As a result of the primary containing two Trump supporters, voters who support the former president were split between two candidates, leading Valadao to edge out Chris Mathys by just 1,310 votes, the San Francisco Chronicle reported,” the DC report stated.
Newhouse was also up against a pair of very high-profile Trump supporters. One of these individuals, Loren Culp, was endorsed by Trump. The other was Jerrod Sessler, a retired NASCAR driver and veteran of the Navy. Newhouse got a victory by the skin of his teeth, just barely coming out ahead of the oh so wealthy Democrat businessman Dough White, who raised a staggering $1.6 million, while Sessler only raised $508,900 and Culp just $310,700, according to a report from the New York Times.
“Only three states use top-two primaries for congressional and state-level elections, with California, Nebraska and Washington using a top-two format and Alaska using a top-four variant, according to Ballotpedia. In a top-two primary format, all candidates are put on a ballot regardless of political affiliation, with the two candidates who acquire the most votes advance to the general election, according to Ballotpedia,” the report went on to say.
“Alaska’s top-four variant follows the same principle but with the top four candidates advancing, and also uses a ranked choice format which allows voters to rank each candidate by preference, Ballotpedia reported. In this ranked choice system, voters rank candidates based on who they most prefer, with the candidate with the least support being eliminated and their supporters’ second choice votes added to the remaining candidates until a winner emerges, Politico reported,” the Daily Caller stated in its report.
Those who are big fans of ranked choice voting have kept a close eye on the state of Alaska, making the claim that this system helps to push campaigns that are focused more on positive messaging since they have to be listed as second and third choice by a large number of voters, according to information from Politico.
“It immediately changed three things [in Minneapolis]: who decided to run, how campaigns were run and who could be elected,” said advocate James Massy to Politico, referring to the system’s impact on Minneapolis, where it has been used since 2009,” the Daily Caller said.
Spokespeople representing Murkowski, Newhouse, and Valadao did not respond right away to requests for comment made by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
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