By Ophelia Garrett
The voice and opinions of the people are showing. During this primary season, it appears loyalty was a major player in who stayed and who will be bidding farewell. Of the ten house Republicans who voted to impeach former president Trump, four lost primaries, four decided not to run for reelection, and only two survived.
Trump-backed Harriet Hageman was victorious over Liz Cheney (R-WY) who led the J6 hearings and has vowed to do whatever it takes to keep Trump from being elected again. Three other Trump candidates—Russell Fry, John Gibbs and Joe Kent—successfully defeated Representatives Tom Rice of South Carolina, Peter Meijer of Michigan, and Jamie Herrera Beutler of Washington state, respectively.
With all pro-impeachment House primaries completed, attention will now turn to the Senate, where seven GOP senators voted to impeach Trump: Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). Of those seven senators, two are retiring. Only one is running for reelection this year – Murkowski.
Murkowski only led in her primary by 3%, meaning she will be running against Trump-endorsed Kelly Tshibaka during the general election.
“After 21 years in the Senate, in a seat she was appointed to by her father which she funds with dark money from outside our state, Lisa Murkowski cares more about her status with the Washington, D.C. insiders than she does about what the people here at home think.” – Kelly Tshibaka