CHARLESTON, SC – US Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina was ousted from Congress in his Republican primary after voting to impeach Donald Trump January 6 Uprising. He is the first of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump to lose re-election.
Rice, a five-term congressman, was defeated by Trump-backed state congressman Russell Fry on Tuesday. Rice was a strong supporter of Trump’s policies in Washington but said he had no choice but to impeach Trump for failing to calm the mob who were violently trying to stop the confirmation of Joe Biden’s win.
US Rep. Nancy Mace of South Carolina also angered Trump, but she tried to make amends, winning her GOP primary over her own Trump-backed challenger.
At other races on Tuesday, Democratic MP Dina Titus in Nevada easily defeated their progressive challenger, while Republican Rep. Mark Amodei won his primary against a son of one of the state’s most famous athletes. In Maine, a former Republican congressman is hoping to retake his seat in November in a rematch with the Democrat who defeated him four years ago.
In Texas, Republican Mayra Flores narrowed Nancy Pelosi’s Democratic majority in the House of Representatives by winning a special primary for the remaining months former Democratic MP Filemon Vela Expression.
Important congress races in primaries on Tuesday in Maine, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas:
TWO REPUBLICANS FROM SOUTH CAROLINA WHO CROSSED TRUMP HAVE DIFFERENT DESTINIES
ricewho attracted a half-dozen GOP challengers following his vote to impeach Trump, had stood by his decision and acknowledged it could lead to his downfall but said he followed his conscience.
Fry, the House Majority Whip, has served in the South Carolina State House since 2015. Trump had fought earlier this year with Fry in the 7th congressional district, a Republican stronghold that includes tourist hotspot Myrtle Beach and a number of rural inland areas.
Trump had vowed revenge on 10th House Republicans who crossed party lines to impeach him. Four of the ten decided against re-election. A fifth, Rep. David Valadao of California, is still awaiting the results of his primary election last week; He is fighting for second place in a race that sees the top two finishers advance to November’s general election.
Trump was less fortunate in his attempt to oust Mace, who on Tuesday managed to fend off a key challenge from former Rep. Katie Arrington in South Carolina’s 1st congressional district, which includes Charleston. Despite his anger at Mace for criticizing him for his role in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, he congratulated her on Tuesday and predicted she would win in November.
In her victory speech, Mace thanked her high-profile supporters, including former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley and former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney.
When asked how she would work to keep the district that has changed political hands in the last two election cycles, Mace seemed committed to the same bipartisan public relations work that Arrington had criticized her for.
“I’m willing to work with anyone who’s willing to work with me, period,” Mace told reporters.
Unlike Rice, Mace was trying to make amends with Trump. Earlier this year, she filmed a video in New York in front of Trump Tower to remind her constituents that she was one of the former president’s earliest supporters.
Mace faces Democrat Annie Andrews in the general election.
REPUBLICANS WILL TURN OVER US HOUSE IN TEXAS
Republicans have earned an extra seat in the House of Representatives for the remainder of the year with a notable election victory they see as a sign of what’s to come on Texas’ heavily Hispanic southern border.
Flores will complete the final months of former Democratic MP Vela’s term in office. He left Congress earlier this year to go into private business.
Her victory Tuesday over three other challengers — including two Democrats — is a symbolically important win for Republicans, who have spent the past two years aggressively trying to break new ground with Hispanic voters in South Texas.
Flores is the daughter of migrant workers and a local GOP organizer. She will also be the GOP nominee for the November seat, but this election will be held under a new district map more favorable to Democrats.
Their opponent will be Democratic Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, who relocated from a neighboring district for a new districting.
NEVADA REPUBLICANS DEFEATS CANDIDATES WITH FAMOUS LAST NAME
Rep. Mark Amodei won his first challenge against Danny Tarkanian, a son of legendary University of Nevada basketball coach Las Vegas Jerry Tarkanian. The younger Tarkanian failed to defeat the six-year incumbent in the sprawling, rural northern district that no Democrat has won in his 40 years.
Over the years, Tarkanian has launched two Senate campaigns and lost numerous congressional bids in two other districts. But he garnered enough attention in 2018 when he challenged Senator Dean Heller in the first place for Trump to step in to persuade him to drop out and run for the House of Representatives again.
Amodei won a special election for the seat in 2011 after Heller was appointed to an unexpired Senate term.
NEVADA DEMOCRAT CRUISE TO VICTORY IN THE STATE’S BLUEEST DISTRICT
Titus, the dean of Nevada’s congressional delegation, effortlessly repelled a progressive challenge from Amy Vilela in the state’s most liberal district.
Vilela, which lost a primary bid in a neighboring district to Rep. Steven Horsford in 2018, was supported by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri.
Titus, who has one of the most liberal voting records in Congress, was a leading advocate for Biden during his 2020 presidential campaign. She has served six terms of the House of Representatives and chairs a transportation subcommittee.
She complained about how Nevada has redrawn its congressional districts After the 2020 census, she turned her safe Democratic district into one where the party’s registered voters have a single-digit lead.
FORMER MAINE CONGRESSMAN STANDS REMATCH NOVEMBER 2018
A former congressman trying to return to his old seat in Maine held off a challenge from another Republican.
Bruce Poliquin represented Maine’s 2nd congressional district from 2015 to 2019, when he lost to the current seat holder, Democratic Rep. Jared Golden. Golden’s victory over Poliquin was the first congressional election to be decided by ranking ballot in US history.
This year, Poliquin is hoping to win a rematch against Golden in one of the most closely watched races of the 2022 midterm election. In Tuesday’s primary, he fended off a challenge from Liz Caruso, the tiny town of Caratunk’s first elector.
Associated Press writers Scott Sonner of Reno, Nevada, Paul Weber of Austin, Texas, and Patrick Whittle of Portland, Maine contributed to this report.
This story has been corrected to show that Golden struck Poliquin in Maine four years ago, not two years ago.
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