Trump continues to enjoy control of the GOP with MAGA candidates winning major primaries

The election results in Tuesday night’s major primaries shed light on former President Donald Trump’s lasting influence over the Republican Party, despite signs that his status as de facto leader may be eroded.

In Arizona, many candidates won up and down the ballot who presented themselves as true Trump loyalists — who espoused electoral conspiracy theories and the Make America Great Again agenda — or seemed on the verge of winning races that were too close to call by Wednesday. . morning.

And in Michigan, a Republican in the House of Representatives earned Trump’s disdain by voting to impeach him after Jan. 11. 6 The Capitol riots lost his starting order to a rival Trump endorsed.

Trump scored a victory lap on social media early Wednesday, suggesting the results showed the strength of his endorsement as a deciding factor in every race he’s entered. In fact, some of those candidates were already frontrunners by the time they secured Trump’s endorsement—and in a Republican primary in Missouri, Trump hedged his bet by endorsing “Eric” in a race involving several first-name contenders.

In Washington, from now on, it was too early to call results Wednesday morning in races in which two other House Republicans voted to impeach Trump for his incitement on Jan. 3. 6 Rebellion.

However, the election results highlight how wooing Trump and emulating his hard-right populist brand – including by echoing his doubts about the integrity of the elections – has become a pervasive tactic among candidates looking to secure primary victories by appealing to Trump’s base.

The Arizona results in particular have yielded several victories for supporters of Trump’s false claim that his 2020 election loss to President Joe Biden was “rigged” through widespread fraud.

Among the primary winners is Republican nominee for Secretary of State Mark Finchem, who denied Biden’s victory and attended Trump’s Jan. 3 party. 6, 2021, the rally shortly before the Capitol riots. If Finchum wins the general, he will become the state’s top election official.

Five other Republican candidates, branded as election deniers, won the Secretary of State in the primaries, according to the nonpartisan Election Monitoring Organization, USA.

Also in Arizona, Trump-backed Senate candidate Blake Masters won the Republican primary, sending him into the general election against the incumbent Democratic senator. Mark Kelly.

and Rusty Bowers, the Republican speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives who tested in a public hearing in January. 6 Capitol riots over how Trump and his allies pressured him to challenge the results of the 2020 election, and he lost his initial bid for a Senate seat.

Trump had endorsed Powers’ Republican opponent, the former state senator. David Farnsworth, for the seat. In that endorsement, Trump described Powers as “weak and pathetic.” [Republican In Name Only] which prevented the integrity of the elections.

Meanwhile, the winner of the Republican governor’s primary in Arizona was very close to being called on Wednesday morning, according to an NBC News count for the race. But Carrie Lake, the former Trump-endorsed domestic news anchor who has repeatedly claimed the 2020 race was stolen, appears to be leading her closest GOP challenger, Karen Taylor-Robson, who is backed by former Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump also urged the ouster of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach him after the riots, and many of the Republican Party followed suit. Four of those Republicans are impeachmental – deputies. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, John Katko of New York and Fred Upton of Michigan – will retire at the end of their current term.

Another representative. Tom Rice, RS, lost his primary race in June. David Valadao, Calif., survived his primary challenge.

But rep. Peter Major, a Michigan Republican, lost his primary on Tuesday, having weathered attacks from both Trump and Democrats, who were said to have bolstered his far-right opponent, John Gibbs.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee cut an ad promoting Gibbs’ ties to Trump, a move that prompted accusations from the Major’s campaign and others that Democrats are interfering in the race to promote a potentially weaker candidate in the general election.

“I am disgusted that hard-earned money intended to support Democrats is being used to promote the candidates that Trump supports,” the US lawmaker said. Dean Phillips, De Maine.

Arizona Democrats have reportedly attempted a similar move in the state’s Republican gubernatorial primaries, a tactic that was seen as an attempt to undermine Robson and help the far-right lake.

“This was a fiery initial campaign, and I want to thank everyone in West Michigan for their support,” Major said in a franchise statement sent out early Wednesday morning.

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