Trump-backed Joe Kent surges to less than 257 votes behind Republican who backed impeachment in Washington primary

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Joe Kent, the former green beret endorsesed by Donald Trump, has surged to just 257 votes behind the Republican congresswoman he is trying to oust.

After the first votes were counted in Tuesday’s primary, Mr Kent, 42, was some way behind incumbent Jaime Herrera Beutler, as well as Democratic candidate Marie Perez.

But as the count has continued, with more results being released, Mr Kent has seen his numbers soar.

On Friday evening, as officials announced there would be no more resulsts released until Monday, Mr Kent was just 257 behind Ms Herrera Beutler.

“There will be no counting over the next two days, because we believe in weekends here in Washington state (thank a union!),” tweeted Phil Gardner, the chief of staff to Washington’s Lt Governor.

“Next reports will come from Clark, Cowlitz, and Thurston on Monday evening.”

Ms Perez, 34, the Democrat, saw her total increase to 57,345, putting her on 31.2 points, ahead of Ms Herrera Beutler, 43, on 22.6 and Mr Kent on 22.5.

The Associated Press had already called the race for Ms Perez, but it was unclear who she would face off against in the general election in November.

Washington state is one of just a handful of places that make use of open top-two primaries in which the highest scoring candidates – regardless of party – go on to the general election.

Ms Herrera Beutler was first elected to Washington’s third congressional district in 2010 and reelected five times.

But she was one of just ten Republicans in the House who voted for Mr Trump’s impeachment after the Jan 6 riots and the establishment of a committee to investigate what happened.

Mr Trump denounced the ten as traitors and vowed to oust them all.

Another of the ten, Dan Newhouse, from Washington’s fourth congressional district, appeared to have held off a challenge from Loren Culp, a former police chief who had the ex-president’s backing in that contest.

But on Tuesdsay night, Michigan congressman Peter Meijer lost to challenger John Gibbs, who had the support of Mr Trump.

Two others had primaries in June. Tom Rice of South Colorado, while David Valadao in California survived. Mr Trump’s main nemesis, Liz Cheney, faces a primary showdown on Aug 16. She is widely expected to be defeated.

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