Conservative Representatives, Poubert, Miller are the top Republican contenders in the House

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Rep. Mary Miller, R-Illinois, left, is joined by Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo, on stage at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon, Illinois, Saturday, June 25, 2022. (Mike Sorensen/Quincy Herald-Wig via The Associated Press )

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Two of Congress’s toughest conservatives fended off more centrist challengers to lock up the Republican nominations on Tuesday — even as party voters chose to run for the six-term incumbent in Mississippi.

Illinois Republican Representative Mary Miller called the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide as a “historic victory for white life” during a weekend rally with former President Donald Trump. Her spokesperson said she mispronounced. She defeated fellow Republican Rodney Davis.

Another Trump ally, Colorado Rep. Lauren Poubert, one of the most polarizing members of Congress, easily defeated a challenge from the more mainstream Republican.

Mississippi Republican Representative Stephen Palazzo, a six-term incumbent, lost in a rare second round to Sheriff Mike Ezell. But his fellow Republican in the House of Representatives, Michael Guest, won the state’s runoff race, despite Trump’s defiance and the vote to create an independent commission to investigate the insurgency last year in the US Capitol.

In Illinois, Democratic Representative Sean Kasten beat progressive Rep. Mary Newman for a seat in a Chicago suburb after declining population cost the state a seat in the House of Representatives.

Six states hold congressional primaries, primary runoffs or special elections. In addition to testing Trump’s national influence, they offer hints about how voters will react to the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion.

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Poubert, who was in office in her first term, saw the Republican-leaning Third District of Congress in western Colorado become more Republican after redistricting. She didn’t have many problems with moderate MP Don Corram, a cannabis grower and grower, who criticizes what he calls Poubert’s extremism.

Poubert attacked the “Biden system” and the “socialist” Democrats. She has stated her gun-toting Second Amendment credentials and opposition to COVID-19 restrictions briefly closed her “Shooters” restaurant.

Her opponent was betting that single voters from Poubert’s provocations would choose someone more in the tradition of centrists who had played well in the district, including five-state Republican Representative Scott Tipton, who had lost to Poubert in an earlier surprise turn. This did not happen.

Meanwhile, in Colorado’s deeply conservative El Paso County, eight-term Republican Representative Doug Lamborne avoided a challenge from the right from Representative Dave Williams to his fifth seat in the congressional district. Williams failed to get “Let’s Go Brandon,” a symbol of anti-Biden obscenity, added to his name on the ballot.

Facing an ethics investigation in the House of Representatives over whether he misused official resources for personal ends, Lamborne has survived major challenges in the past as a staunch opponent of abortion and supporter of the large US military presence in Colorado Springs. Earlier this year, Williams led a 24-hour stall at state headquarters over a bill that would allow unrestricted access to abortion. The bill eventually became law.

Miller Tops File Incompatible

Miller, who was first elected in 2020, is no stranger to controversy. Shortly after winning her seat, Adolf Hitler was quoted as saying during a rally that “Hitler was right about one thing. He said, ‘He who has the youth has the future.'” She later apologized after Illinois Democrats called for her resignation. She also voted against ratifying the Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election and is a member of the far-right Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives.

On Saturday night, she made the “White Lives” comment as Trump stood behind her at a rally in Mindon, sparking cheers from the crowd. Miller has since said she is not racist, and her spokesperson said she had intended to say the ruling was a victory for the “right to life.”

Miller edged out five-term Republican Rep. Rodney Davis for the Republican nomination in a sprawling, intensely red area of ​​central Illinois that was redrawn after the state’s shrinking population cost it a seat in Congress.

Davis was co-chair of Trump’s 2020 campaign in Illinois, but voted to ratify the results of the 2020 presidential election. He won the support of nearly all 35 county party leaders and pledged to “re-implement” Trump’s policies, including the isolation of the US border and Mexico.

Castin, who flipped a suburban seat in 2018 that Republicans had held for decades, topped Newman, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2020, in a Chicago suburb. Newman faces an ongoing investigation by the House Ethics Committee into whether it promised the federal hiring of a political opponent.

A flood of candidates for Illinois open seats

More than 20 candidates are vying for the chance to replace 15-state Democratic Representative Bobby Rush, the only lawmaker to beat Barack Obama in the race. Obama challenged Rush in the 2000 U.S. House of Representatives primary elections and lost.

The first hyper-democratic congressional district was redrawn after the 2020 census and now stretches from Chicago’s South Side to Kankakee.

Among the candidates to replace Rush is Jonathan Jackson, the son of civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson. Karen Norrington Reeves, a Rush-approved federal workforce trainer; Pat Doyle, a Chicago city councilman whose ward is in the county; and businessman Jonathan Swain.

Nor is Democratic Representative Sherry Bustos seeking re-election in Northwest Illinois’s 17th congressional district, a largely rural area that Republicans hope to overturn in November.

Republican Esther Joy King, who came close to defeating Bustos in 2020, won the Republican nomination after leading her primary fundraising rivals. The Democratic field includes former meteorologist Eric Sorensen, Rockford City Council member Jonathan Logeman, and teacher Angie Normwell, who has served on her local school board and county council.

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Guest won a third term after a vote to establish an independent commission to investigate the Capitol, defeating former Navy fighter pilot Michael Cassidy.

Palazzo couldn’t get over accusations in an ethics report to Congress last year that he misused his office by misusing campaign money. He lost to Ezel, the mayor of a coastal county.

Nebraska special elections delayed with sentencing

Former Republican Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska was sentenced to probation Tuesday for lying to federal agents while voters were picking an alternate for the rest of his term.

Fortenberry resigned in March after being found guilty of deliberately misleading FBI agents about his knowledge of an illegal $30,000 campaign contribution from a Nigerian billionaire to a 2016 fundraiser in Los Angeles.

A judge sentenced him to two years probation and a $25,000 fine and community service.

Two state legislators, Republican Mike Flood and Democrat Patty Bansing Brooks, are running in a special election to succeed Fortenberry, who has served nine terms in the Republican-dense area that includes Lincoln and dozens of smaller rural communities. They will compete again in November to determine who will serve a new term, starting in January.

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