Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie wins primary despite Trump’s call to boot him from GOP

Rep. Thomas Massie was declared the winner in Kentucky’s fourth district GOP primary Tuesday, despite President Trump’s past calls to “throw” Massie out of the Republican Party.

“Tonight’s victory sends a strong message that Republican voters in the 4th District of Kentucky want someone to represent them in Washington who will consistently stand up on principle, defend life, and support the Constitution,” Massie wrote in a statement Tuesday night.

Massie beat his challenger, Todd McMurtry with an 88 percent lead with 73 percent of the precinct votes in when The Associated Press called the race.

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Earlier this year, Trump called Massie “a disaster for America” and a “third-rate grandstander” after he held up a $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill in March.

Massie was against the large bill and demanded a roll-call vote that forced his colleagues to come back to the House floor despite the recommendations from health experts to stay home.

“I came here to make sure our republic doesn’t die by unanimous consent in an empty chamber,” Massie said in March, demanding a recorded vote.

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Republicans and Democrats rejected Massie’s request as a quorum was present, and passed the bill by voice vote.

The majority of Massie’s votes Tuesday, were cast by mail-in and drop-off absentee voting because of coronavirus restrictions according to Roll Call.

Massie has reportedly become known as “Mr. No” because of his track record for voting against bipartisan and conservative bills.

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Trump, who won in Massie’s district in 2016, appears to have not deterred Massie supporters despite tweeting “Throw Massie out of Republican Party!” in March.

Massie won a fourth term in 2018 by winning nearly two thirds the vote, and will face Democrat Matthew Best, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary Tuesday, in November.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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