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How Trump’s Power Over GOP Will Be TESTED…

the Mesh Report Staff May 2, 2022 Comments Off on How Trump’s Power Over GOP Will Be TESTED…

Former U.S. President Donald Trump is trying to demonstrate his power over the Republican Party with more than 150 endorsements of candidates in November’s midterm elections that will determine control of Congress for 2023 and 2024.

Twelve key picks — including some against incumbent members of his party — will show Trump’s influence.

Primary elections in the weeks ahead will test Trump’s sway with Republican primary voters, though only Nov. 8 will show how many Trump-backed candidates can win office.

J.D. VANCE

* U.S. Senate seat for Ohio vacated by retiring Senator Rob Portman

* May 3 Republican nomination contest

Trump-backed Vance is best known as the author of best-seller “Hillbilly Elegy” which documented the descent of factory towns in states like Ohio into poverty and drug abuse. He has styled himself as an angry populist in the Trumpian mold but a recent public opinion poll on the Republican nomination contest pointed to a close race with former Ohio state treasurer Josh Mandel.

TED BUDD

* U.S. Senate seat for North Carolina vacated by retiring Senator Richard Burr

* May 17 Republican nomination contest

Budd, a rank-and-file member of the House of Representatives, had little statewide name recognition before he sought the Republican nomination for what is expected to be a tight race in November. Even with Trump’s endorsement, Budd has trailed former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in public opinion polls for much of the race, though in recent polling Budd has taken a modest lead.

MEHMET OZ

* U.S. Senate seat for Pennsylvania vacated by retiring Senator Pat Toomey

* May 17 Republican nomination contest

Oz is a celebrity doctor whose public image took a blow in 2014 when he told lawmakers probing bogus diet product ads that some of the products promoted on his show lacked “scientific muster.” Trump’s decision to endorse Oz has divided Republican Party leaders in Pennsylvania, with a former hedge fund CEO David McCormick and conservative commentator Kathy Barnette also contenders for the Republican nomination. The three candidates were virtually tied in a recent public opinion poll. The winner of the primary will face a Democrat in what is expected to be among the tightest races of the November elections.

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