Rep. Peter Meijer narrowly loses to Trump-endorsed challenger in Michigan primary

Rep. Peter Meijer narrowly loses to Trump-endorsed challenger in Michigan primary

Published August 3, 2022
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Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer, who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the Capitol riot, has narrowly lost his Republican primary to Trump-backed conservative challenger John Gibbs, according to a race call by The Associated Press.

The loss for Meijer is a boost for Trump as he continues endorsing primary challenges to Republican Senate and House members who disagree with his false narrative that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

But following redistricting, Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District looks different than it did two years ago. The Grand Rapids-based district now leans more Democratic than in previous cycles and is considered a toss-up contest by the Cook Political Report.

Tensions rose between Meijer and House Democrats last week after the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released an ad against Gibbs, painting him as “too conservative for West Michigan.”