Nine of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump over the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol face primary challenges from MAGA (Make America Great Again) candidates and could lose their seats.
Representatives Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Tom Rice (R-S.C.) Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-Wash.), Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.), Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), According to Breitbart, Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) and David Valadao (R-Calif.) are under pressure from GOP primary challengers.
Donald Trump vows to work against those Republicans as they run for re-election in 2022. While he has already endorsed some primary challengers, he noted that there are more to come.
“Instead of attacking me and, more importantly, the voters of our movement, top establishment Republicans in Washington should be spending their energy in opposing Biden, Pelosi, Schumer and the Democrats,” Trump said in his February CPAC conservative conference speech, according to Fox News.
“With your help, we will take back the House. We will win the Senate. And then a Republican president will make a triumphant return to the White House.” And I wonder who that will be?” he added in what was his first public appearance after the election.
Of all those who voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment, Congressman John Katko (R-N.Y.) is the only Republican who supported impeachment and has yet to get a challenger from the pro-Trump America First movement.
Katko also worked with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in May to pass a committee to investigate the events of Jan. 6, but that ultimately failed in the Senate.
The outlook looks quite uncertain for Republican congress members who voted against Donald Trump in the second impeachment, as their race towards the midterm elections in 2022 becomes more complicated.
The new demographic distribution of their districts and the rejection within their party are some of these factors.
The most determining factor is the counter-offensive that Trump is preparing against these congressmen.
There are currently 211 Republican congressmen in the House of Representatives compared to 221 Democrats.
However, the scenario could change next year. With 435 seats—all of which will be up for renewal—Republicans only need to gain seven more seats than they currently hold to move into the majority and control the lower house.
Considering all this, the 10 Republican lawmakers who voted against Trump in the impeachment could kiss their seat goodbye.
However, there is a factor that would leave six of them out of the race long before putting their names on the ballot as candidates.
These six politicians are from states that are likely to lose seats when legislatures redraw their districts, according to state-level population data from the Census Bureau released in April.
In addition, three live very close to their district boundaries and may be moved to another district, forcing them to run against another incumbent.
Taking back the House
Former President Donald Trump met last Thursday with Rep. Jim Banks (R-Idaho) to lay out a roadmap to take back the House.
“We believe we take back the majority by focusing on the Trump agenda, and President Trump plays a big role in that,” Banks said after the meeting. “He’s obviously planning to go out and hit the road and campaign for candidates who share our vision, and we were excited to talk to him about that.”