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The U.S. primary election between John Gibbs and Rep. Peter Meijer in Michigan received national attention.
Donald Trump endorsed challenger John Gibbs.
Meijer was the single freshman legislator who chose to impeach Trump.
John Gibbs defeated Rep. Peter Meijer in what was a close race.
The election outcome was of interest to the other House Republicans, especially those who voted to impeach Trump after the U.S. Capitol breach.
Although hours after Meijers was defeated, two more candidates who chose to impeach Trump won their primaries.
Four of the ten House Republicans who supported impeachment did not seek re-election.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) will be the final impeachment supporter to face a primary race.
Just got a call from President Trump, congratulating me and my team on tonight’s big win! Thank you, Mr. President for your support! pic.twitter.com/43BZfvqBEo
— John Gibbs for MI-3 (@votejohngibbs) August 3, 2022
The primary results could be a sign of a trend to come.
More on this story via The Epoch Times:
Meijer embraced his role as the only freshman legislator who voted to impeach Trump, three days after he was sworn into office.
Gibbs consistently reminded voters that Meijer not only cast a vote to impeach Trump, but also supported gun control and joined House Democrats on other bills.
At his watch party in Byron Center, Michigan, Gibbs socialized with supporters early and then joined campaign staffers in a separate room as results poured in. He gained an early lead, but then Meijer caught up and led by a percentage point.
Around 11 p.m., the once boisterous party became quieter. Spirits were lifted when Gibbs walked into the room, addressed the crowd, and told them they “we like where we are” because the only votes left to be counted were in areas that are favorable for Gibbs.
Gibbs was right. In the next hour, he regained the lead and won by more than four percentage points, according to Decision Desk HQ.
Trump called Gibbs after 1 a.m. to offer congratulations.
“I’ll see you soon. I’m very proud of you, John,” Trump said.
Trump also celebrated Gibbs’ victory in a Truth Social post.
“Fantastic night in Michigan. Tudor Dixon will be a great governor. John Gibbs won with a big surge in the end. Not a good time for impeachers—7 down, 3 to go! Thank you Michigan!” he wrote, hours before Herrera Beutler and Newhouse won their primaries in Washington.