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BREAKING: ‘Republican’ Congressman Who Voted to Impeach Trump Loses His House Seat In Primary By Embarrassing 27 Point Margin!

Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) was one of 10 House Republicans who voted in favor of Donald Trump’s impeachment in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. He lost his primary Tuesday.

Rice conceded to Fry Tuesday, Fox News has learned, while Fry was 25 points ahead and with more than 51% of the vote to Rice’s 24% when the Associated Press called the race.

Rice’s loss to State Representative Russell Fry means that half of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach will not return to Congress next year, and that number is likely to grow. In addition to Mr. Rice, four other House Republicans chose to retire rather than face the pro-Trump core of the Republican electorate.

Fry called Rice’s vote against Trump the vote a betrayal, writing on his campaign website, in a reference to the nicknames of the district’s river and coastal regions, “Tom Rice broke the trust of the people of the Pee Dee and Grand Strand when he voted to impeach President Donald Trump.”

Trump took seemed to enjoy campaigning against Republican House members who had voted for his impeachment, pointing out Rice by name in an interview with The Washington Post

“You had people drop out of races that they had no intention of dropping out of, and the other ones are losing, like Rice in South Carolina,” Trump said.

In Charleston, Rep. Nancy Mace—who Trump attacked as a “terrible” lawmaker—survived a primary challenge from his handpicked candidate, state Rep. Katie Arrington, who conceded late Tuesday night.

Mace was one of the earliest supporters of Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. But while Mace didn’t vote to impeach, she did publicly criticize Trump after the storming of the Capitol, saying he “put all of our lives at risk.”

One Republican impeachment voter appears poised to survive the primary season, Representative David Valadao of California, and others will soon be tested but most have fallen in the face of such opposition.

Former Presidential candidate Andrew Yang articulated this phenomena well when he tweeted:

“Ordinarily incumbents have a re-election rate of 94%. Rice’s loss in SC demonstrates why so few members of Congress defy Trump or party leadership in general. It also shows the need to shift to open primaries to change the incentives.”

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