Trump-Endorsed Candidates Starts Primary Season 58-1


If anyone doubted the power that former President Donald J. Trump still wielded over the Republican base since he left office, they need not look any further than the record of the candidates he has endorsed thus far in the primary season. Starting a blistering 58-1 on candidates he’s backed the former President continues to flex his ability to dictate the results of Republican primary elections with his endorsement power.

On Tuesday evening, Trump-backed candidates notched three more victories in primaries held in West Virginia and Nebraska. In the most hotly contested primary of the evening, Congressman Alexander Mooney, who is running for the first time in West Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District and received the nod from Trump, defeated incumbent Republican Congressman David McKinley. McKinley had served in Congress since 2011 representing the 2nd District. While Mooney has been a staunch conservative and Trump supporter, McKinley had supported President Biden’s infrastructure plan calling it, “good for West Virginia”.

“Donald Trump loves West Virginia, and West Virginia loves Donald Trump,” proclaimed Mooney in his victory speech delivered Tuesday evening after primary results had been tallied.

Trump supported incumbent Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Carol Miler (R-WV) were also victorious on Tuesday evening.

Tuesday’s results continue to showcase the power that Trump hold with Republican voters nationwide. The next primary elections are scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 in Kentucky, Idaho, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Oregon. All eyes will be on Pennsylvania, as Trump-backed candidate and former TV personality Dr. Oz is in the midst of a hotly contested primary election.

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