Former US President Donald Trump’s political influence on Republican Party politics, 16 months after leaving office, was tested again on Tuesday as his favorite candidates face Republican opponents in party primaries in key states.
There were Republican and Democratic primaries in five states, but political analysts paid particular attention to Trump’s fate in two states – Pennsylvania in the eastern US, which Trump lost in his re-election bid in 2020 after winning in 2016. and the mid-Atlantic state of North Carolina, which Trump won in 2016 and two years earlier.
In a major race in Pennsylvania that was too close to call early Wednesday, Trump fielded celebrity television doctor Mehmet Oz as the party’s Senate nominee for the seat left by the impending retirement of Republican Senator Pat Tomei in November’s election. to be supported.
Oz, who holds dual Turkish and US citizenship, will be the first Muslim US senator. But he faces stiff competition from David McCormick, a former hedge fund executive and Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs during the administration of former President George W. Bush, as well as Kathy Barnett, a conservative commentator and author. who have increased the turnout. Competition.
Club for Growth, a national anti-tax group that has often aligned with the likes of Trump, pumped $2 million into a television ad campaign for Barnett, giving her an instant boost among Republican voters.
But Trump took notice over the weekend, saying he would “never win” a general election matchup against the Democratic nominee, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, who calls himself “just a friend” while campaigning in his favorite clothing. – Shorts and a hoodie.
At 6 feet, 8 inches tall, he stands out among any crowd. Fetterman halted his campaign several days ago when he suffered a stroke, but says he experienced no cognitive impairment and is recovering. Fetterman won his Tuesday primary by a wide margin.
Trump attacks Barnett, arguing that Oz is “the only one” who can defeat Fetterman.
In the race for Pennsylvania’s governor, Trump endorsed Republican state senator Doug Mastriano, who easily defeated a crowded field of Republican candidates in Tuesday’s primary.
Maastriano, who has strongly supported Trump’s false claims that vote fraud cost him another four-year term in the White House, was already leading the vote for the gubernatorial contest when Trump backed him.
But some Republican analysts have expressed fears that Maastriano’s views on the 2020 Trump defeat could prove too extreme in November’s campaign against the Democratic nominee, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
Trump also backed himself, a conservative firebrand supporter of Congressman Madison Cawthorne, whose re-election bid ended Tuesday in the Republican primary losing to state Sen. Chuck Edwards. Edwards will face Democrat Jasmine Beach-Ferrara in November.
Cawthorne attracted the ire of top Republican congressional officials and was embroiled in a string of charges, such as carrying a loaded gun into an airport check-in line, driving without a valid driver’s license and without Alleging evidence that he was invited to the drug. -Infected sex orgasm in Washington.
In still another state, the sparsely populated Idaho in the western part of the country, Trump-backed Republican Lieutenant Governor Janice McGatchin lost a gubernatorial primary to Republican Governor Brad Little. Little will face Democrat Stephen Heydt in the general election.
McGatchin is perhaps best known for enacting his own policy agenda on Little’s absence from the state – such as banning mask mandates in schools and public buildings during the height of the coronavirus pandemic – only to be followed by his orders on his return. But it was reversed. She also supports Trump’s claim of voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
In North Carolina, Trump endorsed Congressman Ted Budd as the Republican Senate nominee to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Senator Richard Burr nearly a year ago. Bud won Tuesday with nearly 59% of the vote, more than twice that of his nearest rival. In November, he will face Democrat Cheri Beasley, former chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court.