Peter Meijer is defeated in the Michigan primary by a Trump-backed challenger.

 Peter Meijer is defeated in the Michigan primary by a Trump-backed challenger.

Peter Meijer is defeated in the Michigan primary by a Trump-backed challenger.

According to The Associated Press, Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump following the Capitol riot, has narrowly lost his Republican primary to Trump-backed conservative challenger John Gibbs.


Trump benefits from Meijer's defeat as he continues to endorse primary challenges to Republican Senate and House members who disagree with his false narrative that the 2020 election was rigged.



Meijer, a moderate freshman Republican, was one of only ten House Republicans to vote to impeach Trump following the January 6 insurgency.


Gibbs, a former Trump appointee to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, echoes the former president's rhetoric about denying the results of the 2020 presidential election.


In November, Gibbs will face Democratic nominee Hillary Scholten. Scholten, a former Justice Department lawyer, was defeated by Meijer by more than 6 percentage points in 2020.


However, redistricting has resulted in Michigan's 3rd Congressional District looking different than it did two years ago. The Grand Rapids-based district is now more Democratic than in previous elections, and the Cook Political Report rates the race as a toss-up.


And, in a year when Democrats are in serious danger of losing their House majority, the party is eyeing Michigan's 3rd Congressional District as a possible pickup.


Democrats meddle in another GOP primary, this time in Michigan.

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Democrats meddle in another GOP primary, this time in Michigan.

Last week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released an ad against Gibbs, portraying him as "too conservative for West Michigan." Tensions between Meijer and House Democrats rose.


Meijer claimed that the 30-second commercial would help Gibbs in the Republican primary.


However, because the district is a toss-up, voters nominating a more extreme conservative in the primary may harm Republicans' chances of keeping the seat red in November.


"You'd think the Democrats would see in John Gibbs the embodiment of what they say they most fear," Meijer wrote in an opinion piece published the day before his primary.

That as patriots, they would use every tool at their disposal to defeat him and other candidates whom they have declared to be an existential threat. Instead, they're supporting Gibbs," he adds.


The DCCC has declined to comment on the ad, which is said to have cost $425,000.


"If successful, Republican voters will be blamed if any of these candidates are ultimately elected," Meijer wrote, adding, "There is no doubt Democrats' fingerprints will be on the weapon."


Here's where the Republicans who voted to impeach Trump stand.

While Republicans' future hold on the district is uncertain as the election approaches, the fate of the last few House Republicans who stood up to Trump in the aftermath of Jan. 6 remains in doubt.


Since voting to impeach Trump, more than half of the GOP members have either announced their intention not to run for reelection or have lost a primary reelection bid to a more conservative challenger.


Jaime Herrera Butler and Dan Newhouse, both of Washington state, faced primary challengers on Tuesday. California Rep. David Valadao is the only member of the group of ten to have won his primary reelection bid thus far.


Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney will face Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman in the group's final primary on Aug. 16.

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