Newhouse was one of 10 Republican House members who voted to impeach then-President Donald Trump in January 2021 after the attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump had backed Republican challenger Loren Culp in the region.
Washington holds an open primary, where all candidates, regardless of party affiliation, appear on the same ballot, with the top two finishers heading into the November general election.
Despite his party’s anger over his impeachment vote, Newhouse has a number of factors at play this week: the incumbent’s handily overtaking his challenger, the field is large and fragmented, Washington state’s open primary The system allows people to vote for any candidate, regardless of affiliation.
In addition to White and Culp, the field includes former NASCAR driver Jerrod Sessler and state Rep. Brad Klippert.
Local GOP operatives, many of whom denounced and criticized Newhouse after the impeachment vote, fear that many have moved away from impeachment, leading Republicans to focus on other issues as they head to the polls on Tuesday. Newhouse has also used his agricultural expertise, using it to appeal in largely rural areas and to shift some of the focus away from impeachment.
This story has been updated with additional background information.