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Challenger Joe Kent moves ahead of Jaime Herrera Beutler in Dist. 3 –
Incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler concedes – no regrets in Trump impeachment vote!

Joe Kent, center, a Republican challenging Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., for her seat in Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, speaks during a “Justice For J6” rally near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Sept. 18, 2021.
Credit: Nathan Howard, AP via The Olympian.

+ The Columbian Editorial Board via The Chronicle: The ouster of Jaime Herrera Beutler as our congressional representative brings about something increasingly rare in modern politics: A gracious farewell. [Editor’s note: I agree.]

Trump’s Revenge: Joe Kent Edges Ahead of Jaime Herrera Beutler

+ FOX News: Pro-impeachment GOP Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler concedes, as Trump-backed challenger Joe Kent takes lead – Rep. Herrera Beutler said she did not regret voting to impeach Trump

+ KING-5 TV News, Seattle: Newcomers Marie Gluesenkamp Perez and Joe Kent advance to November election – The six-term Republican congressmember has been ousted in the primary by Kent, who ran to her right and criticized her vote to impeach former President Donald Trump.

From Post Alley Seattle:

Trump-backed insurgent MAGA Republican Joe Kent has overtaken six-term 3rd District U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler in late primary ballots, likely denying JHB a place on the November ballot. She is one of 10 GOP House members who have found themselves in Trump’s crosshairs after voting to impeach the 45th President after the January 6, 2021 insurrection.

If current trends hold, Kent will face Democrat Marie Gluesenkamp Perez in November.  The Democrat leads with 31 percent of the vote, followed by Kemp at 22.8 percent and Herrera Beutler at 22.4 percent, a shockingly low vote total for a House member who easily put away a strong Democratic challenger in 2020. “This race is a complete question mark and there are no sure things,” tweeted Stephen Paolini, associate regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in the Northwest, whose job includes tracking extreme groups.

Kent has emerged as a right-wing media darling.  He appeared Monday on a podcast with Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, was a guest of conservative radio host Lars Larson, and appeared later on Fox’s Tucker Carlson Show.  He fanned the far right’s persecution complex when commenting on the FBI raid at Trump’s Mar a Lago estate in Florida, saying: “They’re going after him but it’s a total full-frontal assault.  They’re going after every single one of us.”

In addition to Trump, Kent’s list of endorsers is a who’s who from the right. The former Green Beret is backed by former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn and U.S. Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Florida, and Paul Gosar, R-Arizona. Kent speaks with the zealotry of a Trump convert. “Defending Trump’s policies have given me a taste of the savage fight we face against a hostile mainstream media and deeply entrenched political class,” he wrote in a self-profile.

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