Look How Many Of Trump’s Chosen Candidates Have Won!
(RightWing.org) – When former President Donald Trump left office on January 20, 2021, many political observers wondered what the future would look like without Trump leading America in the daily news. Well, it appears he’s doing just fine. Joe Biden’s approval ratings remain stuck in the low 40s and the economy continues to march towards a potential recession. Meanwhile, Trump is frantically endorsing candidates from statehouses to Congress who will advance the Make America Great Again (MAGA) agenda.
Over the last several weeks, Trump has enjoyed more endorsement victories than losses — you can’t win them all. On Tuesday, May 17, five states held primary elections. So, how did Trump’s endorsement of candidates fare, and how much influence does the former president have in primary elections?
Trump Saw Massive Success in Tuesday’s Primary Elections
On May 3, Trump helped JD Vance (R-OH) win the GOP primary in Ohio. Many hailed his win as direct proof that Trump’s endorsement was worth gold in a Republican race. On Tuesday, May 17, a whopping 23 out of 26 candidates that Trump endorsed won their primary elections. It could jump to 24 if Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Oz Mehmet is declared the winner in the coming days. Currently, the race is too close to call, and there could be a recount.
The crown jewel of Trump endorsement victories came in Pennsylvania. For months, Trump refused to endorse a gubernatorial candidate in the Keystone State. At the last minute, the former president endorsed Doug Mastriano, who won the GOP primary with 44% of the vote. The next closest was Lou Barletta, with 20.3% of the total vote.
In North Carolina, Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) for US Senate. In the campaign’s final days, he pulled away from his opponents to capture the nomination.
Still, it wasn’t all a bed of roses. In Idaho, Trump’s endorsed candidate Lt.Gov. Janice McGeachin lost to Gov. Brad Little by a wide margin. In North Carolina, troubled incumbent Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) couldn’t overcome his self-inflicted wounds and lost a bid for a second term despite Trump’s pleas with district voters.
Trump Will Have an Influence in November
As the primary season winds down this summer and Americans look forward to the general election in November, Trump could significantly influence elections in November despite not being on the ticket. The reason is that the MAGA movement has outgrown Trump and taken on a life of its own. That could bode well for Republican candidates. In 2020, the GOP picked up 16 seats in the House despite Trump’s loss and alleged momentum by Democrats.
Now, the political environment is horrible for Democratic candidates who have moved too far to the left for many Americans. Regardless, the question is, has the MAGA movement grown to the point where the message is more important than the messenger who created it?
Democrats aren’t helping themselves and could help put the GOP over the top. In their latest stunt, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) rejected the Left’s push to pass an abortion law that went much further than Roe v. Wade. In fact, it would allow a woman to terminate a pregnancy up until the day of birth. Once again, the Democrats showed how out of touch they are with most Americans.
In the RealClearPolitics average of the 2022 midterm generic ballot, voters give Republicans a 2.8-point advantage over Democrats. Most political analysts believe Democrats will need a five or six-point advantage in the generic ballot to hold their majorities in the House and Senate.
So, it appears that Republicans are maintaining their edge.
Still, six months is a long way to go, and any number of issues could impact voters heading into the voting booth in November.
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