Following an outpouring of outrage over his vote to impeach former President Trump, a Republican congressman has lost his campaign to retain his position in Congress.
Russell Fry, a South Carolina state representative, backed by Trump and ran against incumbent Tom Rice, lost the primary election.
In contrast, Nancy Mace, a Republican in the state who had sharply criticized Mr. Trump’s candidacy, was easily elected.
In a show of support, Ms. Mace later visited Trump Tower.
Maine, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Texas held congressional elections on Tuesday.
After the riot in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, Mr. Rice became one of 10 Republicans who joined Democrats in impeachment proceedings against the outgoing president.
As the investigation into the Capitol riots continues, President Trump has referred to it as a “Kangaroo Court.”
The Senate acquitted Mr. Trump of the accusation of political bias. In the wake of the Capitol riot, a congressional investigation led by Democrats is holding public hearings and accusing former president George W. Bush of preparing a coup.
However, he had stated that he had no intention of resigning from the House of Representatives after voting for impeachment. He was humiliated by a score of almost 25 points on Tuesday night.
Various things have happened to the 10 Republicans that voted to impeach President Trump. They have become prominent Trump critics and sit on the House committee investigating the Capitol riot in the US House of Representatives. He is one of those who will not be running for re-election in the next election. Others are putting their lives on the line for political office.
However, she did not vote to impeach President Trump, but she did vote to confirm President Joe Biden’s triumph in the 2020 White House election.
This year, she attempted to make apologies by making a video outside Trump Tower in New York City to remind her constituents that she was an early admirer of the previous president.
Katie Arrington, a former state legislator and Trump supporter is her opponent. Ms. Mace, on the other hand, had more than enough votes to avoid a second round of voting.
In honor of his 76th birthday, Mr. Trump had pleaded with his followers to help him defeat Rice and Mace.
Analysts predict that the Republican primary winners in red-state South Carolina will defeat their Democratic counterparts in the midterm elections in November.
Republicans took back a Texas seat with a large Hispanic population for the first time.
Mayra Flores won a seat that Vice President Biden won by 13 points in the 2020 election in the 34th Congressional District.
Mr. Biden’s approval rating has fallen to 39 percent in a Reuters/Ipsos survey for the third week, as Americans face surging inflation.