Rep. Herrera Beutler, who voted to impeach Trump, concedes

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, one of two Republican members of Washington state’s congressional delegation who voted to impeach Donald Trump, has conceded his re-election bid after being overtaken in late voting by a GOP-endorsed challenger. former president.

Trump had targeted the six-term incumbent, endorsing Joe Kent, a former Green Beret, in the race for the 3rd Congressional District. The district is located in southwestern Washington, across the border from Portland, Oregon.

Herrera Beutler, who was first elected to the U.S. House in 2010, led Kent by about 4,700 votes on election night, but her lead shrank over the past week and updated returns put Kent ahead and into the No. 2 spot Monday night.

When Clark County, the district’s largest, and Thurston Counties updated their tallies Tuesday, Kent Herrera led Beutler by 928 votes. The Associated Press has said the race for the other candidate to advance in the primary is still too early to call, as it estimates about 10,000 votes remain to be counted.

Herrera Beutler conceded in an email shortly after the latest update, saying that “since I was first elected to this seat, I have done my very best to serve my home region and our country.”

“Even though my campaign fell short this time, I’m proud of everything we’ve accomplished together for the place I grew up and still call home,” she wrote, saying that “I’m proud that I always told the truth, stuck to my principles and did what I knew was best for our country.

Under Washington’s primary system, the top two vote-getters in each race on Aug. 2 advance to the November election, regardless of party. Washington is a mail-in ballot, and voters don’t have to declare a party affiliation.

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