Justin Amash risks splitting votes with Democrat in reelection bid

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Michigan Independent Rep. Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party in July, risks splitting votes with the Democratic nominee in a potential reelection battle if he decides to remain in the race.

 

The Cook Political Report moved the rating for Michigan's 3rd Congressional District from "toss up" to "lean Republican" after Amash cast his votes for both articles of impeachment against President Trump last week.

 

According to Cook, Amash’s position on impeachment and general anti-Trump posturing, along with freshmen Democrats pushing for him to become an impeachment manager in a Senate trial, put him in a situation in which he and the Democratic challenger would split votes with one other in the general election. Michigan gives third-party candidates, such as Amash, a July deadline to file their campaigns.

 

This was not the case previously for Amash, and — unlike former Democrat and recent party-switcher New Jersey Republican Jeff Van Drew, who now has the president, state, and national committees behind him with his reelection — the Michigan independent has no party infrastructure to rely on.

 

Amash banked just $273,000 by the end of September for his campaign, but unlike his last campaign, he will likely face a GOP opponent with plenty of financial resources.

 

The Republican primary candidates include DeltaPlex arena owner Joel Langlois, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, and Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran and grocery empire heir Peter Meijer.

The Democratic primary currently pits immigration lawyer Hillary Scholten against Obama aide Nick Colvin.

 

However, Amash has found financial support in more familiar circles among fellow anti-Trump, former Republican campaign aides. A super PAC founded by such campaign strategists announced its support for Amash in a Michigan Live op-ed.

 

"While we don't agree with him, or each other for that matter, on every issue, we think Washington needs more Justin Amashes," wrote Country Above Party super PAC co-founders Rick Wilson, John Weaver, and Jeff Timmer in the joint op-ed last week.

 

"Whether Amash is successful or not in his re-election bid as an independent will have consequences beyond his district's boundaries or even Michigan's borders," they continued. "Allowing him to be swept aside in favor of a craven Trump apparatchik will further coarsen our politics and threaten the rule of law.”

 

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Justin Amash risks splitting votes with Democrat in reelection bid

 

Michigan Independent Rep. Justin Amash, who left the Republican Party in July, risks splitting votes with the Democratic nominee in a potential reelection battle if he decides to remain in the race.

 

The Cook Political Report moved the rating for Michigan's 3rd Congressional District from "toss up" to "lean Republican" after Amash cast his votes for both articles of impeachment against President Trump last week.

 

According to Cook, Amash’s position on impeachment and general anti-Trump posturing, along with freshmen Democrats pushing for him to become an impeachment manager in a Senate trial, put him in a situation in which he and the Democratic challenger would split votes with one other in the general election. Michigan gives third-party candidates, such as Amash, a July deadline to file their campaigns.

 

This was not the case previously for Amash, and — unlike former Democrat and recent party-switcher New Jersey Republican Jeff Van Drew, who now has the president, state, and national committees behind him with his reelection — the Michigan independent has no party infrastructure to rely on.

 

Amash banked just $273,000 by the end of September for his campaign, but unlike his last campaign, he will likely face a GOP opponent with plenty of financial resources.

 

The Republican primary candidates include DeltaPlex arena owner Joel Langlois, state Rep. Lynn Afendoulis, and Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran and grocery empire heir Peter Meijer.

The Democratic primary currently pits immigration lawyer Hillary Scholten against Obama aide Nick Colvin.

 

However, Amash has found financial support in more familiar circles among fellow anti-Trump, former Republican campaign aides. A super PAC founded by such campaign strategists announced its support for Amash in a Michigan Live op-ed.

 

"While we don't agree with him, or each other for that matter, on every issue, we think Washington needs more Justin Amashes," wrote Country Above Party super PAC co-founders Rick Wilson, John Weaver, and Jeff Timmer in the joint op-ed last week.

 

"Whether Amash is successful or not in his re-election bid as an independent will have consequences beyond his district's boundaries or even Michigan's borders," they continued. "Allowing him to be swept aside in favor of a craven Trump apparatchik will further coarsen our politics and threaten the rule of law.”

 

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