(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) Republican candidate Joe Kent has emerged victorious as the contender for the state of Washington’s 3rd Congressional district against the RINO Trump-impeaching incumbent, Jaime Herrera Beutler.
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) August 9, 2022
The apparently close race was called for Kent late Monday night after much drama, including a come-from-behind Kent victory.
Kent, who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, has shown a willingness to buck the expectations of the Republican establishment throughout his campaign against the six-term incumbent.
He has also opposed the J6 conspiracy trials and the Trump witch hunt that has subsequently ensued.
The military veteran emerged victorious despite being behind in the early vote counts, which heavily favored Herrera Beutler and led to questions of election integrity.
Kent wrote a Tweet acknowledging the victory and noting that he is prepared for the upcoming general election.
He also noted that suspicious activity was occurring in respect to ballot counting in the left-leaning Washington.
Update – we are in the lead & feeling very strong. Thank you to all our supporters. Now, more than ever, we must unite to save our nation. The enemy is organized & on the attack, we have to be ready to fight back.
Between now & the 15th check to ensure your ballot was accepted. https://t.co/UkfhUDFYwH
— Joe Kent for WA-3 (@joekent16jan19) August 9, 2022
The candidate on Monday had to validate his ballot at the office of election administrators nearly a week after voting, National Pulse reported.
Of course, for those who have troubles traveling, or those who have jobs, simply adding an extra trip to verify one’s vote is not so simple.
“It’s a mess of a system,” Kent said.
Further complicating matters is Washington state’s primary system, which pays no heed to parties, simply accepting the top two vote-getting candidates on the ballot.
As a result, Marie Perez, a Democrat, was the victor in the primary, garnering just over 30% of the vote to Kent’s 25.3% and Beutler’s 19.7%.