Aug 2, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar wins primary to keep his seat

A man in a suit and tie standing in front of the U.S. Capitol.

Rep. Paul Gosar defeated challengers in the CD9 Republican primary. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Controversial U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar has won the GOP primary for Arizona’s 9th congressional district, the Associated Press reports.

Driving the news: Gosar is one of former President Trump's biggest supporters and the embodiment of the MAGA movement in Arizona and made headlines this year appearing at a gathering of white nationalists hosted by the outspoken Holocaust denier, antisemitic, homophobic and racist activist Nick Fuentes.

  • He also was one of ten Republican members of Congress who attended a meeting in the Trump White House in 2020 that focused on efforts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence to help overturn the 2020 election, according to the Jan. 6 committee.

State of Play: The incumbent congressman defeated former Maricopa County School Superintendent Sandra Dowling, former congressional chief of staff Randy Kutz and technology software specialist Adam Morgan.

The intrigue: Gosar has gained national attention for spreading conspiracy theories about election fraud and other issues.

  • The House censured Gosar last year for posting a violent, animated video that depicted him killing President Joe Biden and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

What's next: No Democrats qualified for the ballot so Gosar will be elected in the November general election.

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