2 in­dicted con­gress­men win their House races

Both Repub­li­cans lead Trump-friendly dis­tricts

USA TODAY International Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Bill Theobald

WASH­ING­TON – The jus­tice sys­tem may not have spo­ken yet but the vot­ers did Tues­day, re-elect­ing two House Repub­li­cans – Reps. Dun­can Hunter of Cal­i­for­nia and Chris Collins of New York – de­spite the fact that both face crim­i­nal charges.

Hunter eas­ily de­feated Demo­crat Am­mar Campa-Na­j­jar de­spite fac­ing a 60-count in­dict­ment claim­ing that he and his wife, Mar­garet, who also was charged, used his cam­paign ac­count as a per­sonal slush fund to finance an ex­trav­a­gant life­style.

The Hun­ters were in­dicted in Au­gust. Dun­can Hunter claimed then that the charges were po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated and he com­pared him­self to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as an­other Repub­li­can be­ing mis­treated by the Jus­tice Depart­ment.

He won in a solidly Repub­li­can sub­ur­ban San Diego dis­trict that Trump won by 15 per­cent­age points in 2016.

Collins was in­dicted in Au­gust on charges of in­sider trad­ing. While serv­ing on the board of di­rec­tors of a drug com­pany, he is ac­cused of tip­ping off oth­ers that a key drug the com­pany was de­vel­op­ing had failed in test­ing.

Collins, the first sit­ting mem­ber of Congress to be in­dicted since 2005, de­feated Demo­crat Nate McMur­ray. Trump had car­ried the western New York dis­trict by 24 per­cent­age points.

Dun­can Hunter

Chris Collins

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