MAGA candidates fail to oust mainstream Republicans in House primaries in New Jersey and California


MAGA candidates fail to oust mainstream Republicans in House primaries – including a GOP Rep. who voted for Trump’s impeachment and South Dakota Senator John Thune who ex-president declared his career ‘over’

  • Former President Donald Trump’s touch didn’t extend fully into blue states in a trio of Congressional primaries Tuesday 
  • In New Jersey, Republican voters went against more Trumpian impulses and selected Thomas Kean Jr. to take on embattled Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski
  • In California, Reps. Young Kim and David Valadao survived threats from the right and earned a spot on the November ticket against Democrats 
  • Valadao was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment, which his primary opponent used against him  

Former President Donald Trump‘s touch didn’t extend fully into blue states in a trio of Congressional primaries Tuesday. 

In New Jersey, Republican voters went against more Trumpian impulses and selected Thomas Kean Jr. to take on embattled Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski in the state’s seventh Congressional district. 

In 2020 Malinowski narrowly defeated Kean Jr., the son of a former governor. 

Not only has the incumbent had to admit failing to properly disclose thousands of dollars in stock trades, which triggered an investigation, his House district has been reshaped into a narrowly Republican one. 

Thomas Kean Jr.

Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski is at risk in November's election

New Jersey’s Seventh Congressional District will see GOP challenger Thomas Kean Jr. (left) go up against Rep. Tom Malinowski (right) in November. Malinowski admitted to failing to properly disclose thousands of dollars in stock trades, which triggered an investigation

Rep. Young Kim's place on the ballot was threatened by rivals on the right. Kim, a Republican, was the first Korean-American to be elected to Congress

Rep. Young Kim’s place on the ballot was threatened by rivals on the right. Kim, a Republican, was the first Korean-American to be elected to Congress 

Primary voters selected a number of well-known incumbents to keep their jobs including Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem and Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom – who survived a recall election last fall. 

Republican Sen. John Thune easily won his primary, despite Trump encouraging Noem to run for his Senate seat instead of another term in the governor’s mansion.  

On Tuesday night, Kean easily beat more Trump-aligned rivals including Erik Peterson and Philip Rizzo, earning 45.9 per cent of the vote with 80 per cent reporting. 

The district includes the sort of suburban bloc of voters that helped Democrats flip control of the House in 2018. 

It’s one of the seats Republicans could take back to gain control of the House again in November.  

In California, Republican Rep. Young Kim WON A RUN-OFF SPOT, pushing out MAGA candidate Greg Raths, a pro-Trump local councilor, who was recently accused of making anti-Semitic comments.. 

She’ll go up against Democrat Asif Mahmood in the fall. 

In securing her spot over a right-wing opponent, Kim – the first Korean-American elected to Congress – will likely keep her seat in GOP hands.  

Rep. David Valadao was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for former President Donald Trump's impeachment

Rep. David Valadao was one of 10 House Republicans to vote for former President Donald Trump’s impeachment 

Rep. David Valadao – who voted in favor of Trump’s second impeachment – held off a challenge from Chris Mathys, who put Valadao’s impeachment vote at the center of his campaign. 

Early in the vote tallying, the first slot on the fall ballot was called for Democrat Rudy Salas. 

Democrats had been eyeing this district as an opportunity and were even running ads in favor of the more Trump-aligned Mathys. 

‘David Valadao claims he’s Republican – yet, David Valadao voted to impeach President Trump,’ says the narrator of the House Majority PAC ad – paid for by Democrats. ‘Yeah, Valadao voted to impeach President Trump.’

Trump didn’t endorse candidates in these Congressional races. 

Overall voters from seven states went to the polls this week – including California, Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico and South Dakota.

Woke San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin is RECALLED by voters in notoriously liberal city as murders soar 11% and locals furious with rising crime say his progressive policies are to blame 

Boudin is seen on Tuesday night at an election evening event, as the ballots were counted

Boudin is seen on Tuesday night at an election evening event, as the ballots were counted

San Francisco on Tuesday voted to recall its progressive district attorney amid rising anger at the city’s crime-ridden state.

Chesa Boudin, 41, had been widely expected to lose his job and 60.5 per cent of voters made their feelings clear over his woke policies by deciding to recall him.

Only 24 percent of the city’s electorate of 495,000 turned out, with 70,730 voting against the DA, with some ballots remaining to be counted.

Recall proponents cheered the news at a victory party, with California state leaders of the hotel and retailers associations lauding Boudin’s removal as a sign that visitors, shoppers and employees will be prioritized again in a city that relies heavily on tourism.

‘This election does not mean that San Francisco has drifted to the far right on our approach to criminal justice,’ said Mary Jung, a chair of the recall campaign, in a statement. 

‘In fact, San Francisco has been a national beacon for progressive criminal justice reform for decades and will continue to do so with new leadership.’

Boudin, a former public defender elected in January 2020, was made the target of a multi-million-dollar recall campaign earlier this year by residents who say the city has become an increasingly unsafe place to live due to his soft-on-crime policies. 

Boudin embraces supporter Dayday Reynolds Priestly as he canvassed on 3rd Street in the Bayview neighborhood yesterday ahead of the vote

Boudin embraces supporter Dayday Reynolds Priestly as he canvassed on 3rd Street in the Bayview neighborhood yesterday ahead of the vote

The districts of Haight-Ashbury, Castro and the Mission backed Boudin, but the rest of the city was against him.  

Boudin remained defiant in a speech to supporters, saying he was outspent by ‘right-wing billionaires.’ 

He said voters were understandably frustrated by the pandemic and a city government that has failed to deliver on safety, housing and equity. 

‘We have two cities. We have two systems of justice. We have one for the wealthy and the well connected and a different one for everybody else,’ he said on Tuesday night. 

‘And that’s exactly what we are fighting to change.’ 

London Breed, the Democrat mayor of San Francisco, will choose Boudin’s replacement.

Boudin and his wife, Valerie Block, are seen at the election night event on Tuesday in San Francisco

Boudin and his wife, Valerie Block, are seen at the election night event on Tuesday in San Francisco

Boudin said the recall effort was driven by right-wing businesspeople and by less-than-liberal police officers.

‘This is a Republican- and police union-led playbook to undermine and attack progressive prosecutors who have been winning elections across the country,’ he told The Guardian.

‘The playbook involves delegitimizing and fear-mongering and recalling. It’s a tactic being used by folks who are increasingly unable to prevail in elections when they put forward their views about public safety and justice.’

Boudin – whose parents were members of the radical 80s activist group Weather Underground – was elected on a platform of criminal justice reform. 

His notoriously progressive laws have been widely blamed for rising crime and homelessness in the Bay Area since the start of the pandemic, where brazen looters have been seen ransacking stores and breaking into cars in greater numbers.

So far this year, statistics show that the crime wave has worsened, with the city’s murder rate rising 11 percent, and rapes up by nearly 10 percent.

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