Trump-backed Rep. Miller says her victory shows the former president's ‘still the leader’ of the GOP


Rep. Mary Miller says former President Donald Trump’s endorsement and his last-minute rally in Illinois in support of the first-term conservative congresswoman was instrumental in helping her defeat fellow Republican Rep. Rodney Davis in a GOP primary battle.

"Clearly, President Trump's endorsement and him coming was significant," Miller told Fox News Wednesday, the day after she defeated Davis by roughly 15 points in the Republican showdown in Illinois' newly drawn 15th Congressional District, according to unofficial returns.

Davis, who for a decade has represented the neighboring 13th District, ran against Miller for the new, heavily red seat in the central part of the state, which contains large swaths of his current district.

Davis was one of 35 House Republicans who last year voted for a bipartisan and independent commission to investigate the Jan 6, 2021, deadly attack on the U. S. Capitol by right-wing extremists and other Trump supporters who aimed to disrupt the congressional certification of President Biden’s 2020 election victory.

The bill to create the commission failed in the Senate, and House Democrats eventually set up a select committee of mostly Democrats to investigate the storming of the Capitol.

Trump took aim at Davis and praised Miller at Saturday's rally. And, in an interview with Fox News on the eve of the rally, Miller charged that Davis "stabbed President Trump in the back multiple times, and the people in the 15th district don't appreciate it. Voting for the Jan. 6 Commission has outraged people."

On Wednesday, Miller pointed to Davis’ vote as a contributing factor in her victory, saying "Rodney Davis didn't support the president... (Read more)

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