Rep. Thomas massieThomas Harold MassieRep. Massie summoned by main opponent for pre-display of Confederation flag House holds first power votes during pandemic Republican House lawmaker breaks with party to back power vote MORE (R-Ky.) He won the Republican Party House primaries in the Kentucky 4th Congressional District, leaving him in place to win a fifth term in November in the heavily Republican area.
Massie defeated rival Todd McMurtry in the primaries 88 percent to 12 percent, with 73 percent of the newsrooms. The race was dominated by accusations of racism between the two Republican candidates.
Massie won reelection in 2018 by about 27 points.
His victory in the Republican primaries on Tuesday came after he sparked President Trump’s anger earlier this year after he attempted to delay a more than $ 2 billion coronavirus relief package in late March.
Trump criticized Massie on Twitter at the time, labeling him a “great leader” and asking that he be expelled from the Republican Party.
Lawmakers on both sides eventually thwarted Massie’s effort, passed the relief bill and sent it to Trump’s desk for signature.
The Kentucky primary, originally scheduled for May 19, was postponed due to the pandemic. Like other states, Kentucky is seeing an increase in mail ballots.