Trump-endorsed John Gibbs is expected to upset incumbent Republican Peter Meijer (R-MI), who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.
Meijer, one of three impeached Republicans on Tuesday’s ballot and the sixth to leave Congress after voting to impeach Trump, was is displayed to lose to Gibbs early Wednesday morning with 44 percent of the vote reported by Cook Political Report’s David Wasserman. Gibb’s predicted win is an underdog upset.
Meijer’s voting record likely played a large role in his defeat. After voting to impeach Trump in 2021, Meijer was censured by the Republican Party’s Calhoun County Executive Committee. Heir to his family’s large business fortune, Meijer also voted in 2021 with the establishment to increase “the influx of cheap immigrants into jobs held by rural Americans,” Breitbart News reported. In June, the congressman supported President Joe Biden’s gun control legislation.
Meijer is the second impeachment Republican to lose a primary (four others opted out). No realistic primary route for #WYAL Rep. Liz Cheney (R), will remain at most 3/10 Rs in favor of impeachment in the House in 2023.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) August 3, 2022
Gibbs, 43, a former Trump White House civilian appointee to the Housing and Urban Development agency, was placed in the primary as the US First Republican. “There’s kind of a low-level civil war going on in our party right now,” Gibbs explained Monday. “The feeling among the majority of voters is that the party is going in a direction that no longer represents what ordinary people want.”
Gibbs attended Stanford University and later developed the iPhone at Apple in Silicon Valley; He also served as a Christian missionary for seven years in Japan. Earning his masters at Harvard, he then went to work in the Trump administration.
— John Gibbs on MI-3 (@votejohngibbs) August 3, 2022
Gibbs’ campaign was challenged by large sums of money from groups outside of Michigan that supported Meijer. A group, backed by the wealthy Meijer family, donated $1.4 million to defeat Gibbs.
Meijer’s campaign spending also eclipsed Gibbs’ spending. The incumbent spent more than $2 million to defeat the challenger, while Gibbs’ campaign struggled with about $335,000 in total.
Ironically, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) additionally supported Gibb’s campaign, donating $425,000 worth of television ads in the Grand Rapids area. “The ad was a fake attack on Gibbs that was seen by many in both parties as a move to promote his name to the Trump base,” Detroit news mentionted. “He claimed Gibbs is ‘too conservative’ for West Michigan, but also said he was ‘handpicked’ by Trump to run for Congress, worked in his administration and would follow Trump’s policies in office.”
Gibbs will now face radical Democrat Hillary Solten. Scholten, a former Justice Department lawyer campaigned on a platform like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT); According to her campaign website, she supports gun control, federalization of local elections, big spending during Biden’s 40-year run of high inflation, expanding government sector unions and expanding Obamacare.