If Trump endorsed GOP nominees lose in November, is the former president taking a hit in 2024?


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There is no doubt that former President Donald Trump remains the most popular, influential and powerful politician in the Republican Party.

Nearly two years after his 2020 election loss, the former president continues to play the kingmaker role in the GOP primaries as he prepares to launch another White House bid in 2024. And while a handful of his endorsed candidates suffered high-profile defeats early in this election cycle, the vast majority of candidates he backed in competitive Republican primaries won their nomination races.

But with less than two months to go until November’s midterm elections, Trump-endorsed GOP candidates running in well-watched races are trailing their Democratic rivals in polls or fundraising, or both. crucial campaign settings. They include Arizona’s Blake Masters, Ohio’s JD Vance and Pennsylvania’s Mehmet Oz in key Senate races, and Pennsylvania’s Doug Mastriano and Michigan’s Tudor Dixon in high-profile gubernatorial contests.

As the final stretch of the campaign leading up to the November election is underway, Trump is back on the campaign trail, staging large rallies on behalf of candidates he has endorsed. Next up for the former president is a stop in Ohio next weekend to boost Vance, as he takes on longtime Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan in the race to succeed retired GOP Senator Rob Portman.

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Senate candidate JD Vance, left, greets former President Donald Trump during a rally at the Delaware County Fairground, April 23, 2022, in Delaware, Ohio.
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But Fox News reported late last month and Politico noted last week that Republicans are increasingly concerned that Trump will continue to hoard his massive campaign war chest – his Save America political committee sits on nearly 100 millions of dollars in its coffers – rather than sharing the wealth with GOP candidates need a financial boost.

If some of these candidates are defeated in November, which could cost the GOP the chance to win back a majority in the Senate, some veterans of statewide and presidential campaigns say Trump will be blamed, which could have a impact on his likely efforts to win back the White Loger

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“If the Trump-endorsed candidates who won their primaries lose the general election and cost the Republicans control of the Senate or the House, it will hurt the former president tremendously because he will have to explain why he should run for president given that some of the candidates he supported lost,” a longtime GOP strategist explained. “How could he make a case that he could win.”

A veteran Republican consultant agreed, saying “many in the Republican Party will worry that if Trump can’t help other candidates, he’ll have a hard time getting elected a second time.”

Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally September 3, 2022 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally September 3, 2022 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
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Republicans and a handful of other GOP strategists interviewed by Fox News asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely.

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But the Trump world doesn’t see it that way.

“He knows his influence is much greater in the primary,” a source in the former president’s political orbit told Fox News.

“He only cares about his primary winning percentage. He doesn’t think that if a candidate he supports fails in the general election, it’s up to him. He doesn’t feel it at all,” the source said.

Ted Cruz’s New Hampshire shutdown sparks more speculation

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas parachuted into the New Hampshire primaries on Thursday, headlining a rally in support of a Republican congressional candidate he backs in the key battleground state.

“The reason I support Karoline Leavitt for Congress is that she is the strongest conservative in this race who will stand up and fight,” Cruz told a healthy crowd of supporters for Leavitt, 25, who has served in the Trump White House press. store.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas headlines a rally for GOP congressional candidate Karoline Leavitt, September 8, 2022 in Londonderry, New Hampshire.

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas headlines a rally for GOP congressional candidate Karoline Leavitt, September 8, 2022 in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
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Leavitt is one of the co-runners in Tuesday’s increasingly bitter GOP primary in New Hampshire’s First Congressional District, which for a generation has been one of the House’s main battlegrounds.

“I think this is a great opportunity, number one, to flip the House. This seat is a winnable seat. I think Caroline is going to win on Tuesday. And win in November,” Cruz pointed out.

The longtime conservative Brandon’s trip to New Hampshire — which for a century held the first presidential primary in the race for the White House — will further fuel speculation that Cruz is set to launch a second national campaign. The senator was Trump’s runner-up in the 2016 Republican presidential nomination race.

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Last month, Cruz visited Iowa, the state that for half a century has kicked off the calendar for presidential nominations through its caucuses. Cruz headlined a fundraiser for longtime GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is running for re-election this year. The trip followed an earlier visit in August to Nevada, which votes fourth in the GOP primary and caucus calendar, where Cruz spoke in favor of former state attorney general Adam Laxalt, the candidate in the 2022 Senate in the key battleground state.

At Thursday’s event in Londonderry, Cruz told the crowd that “I love the fierce, freedom-loving independence, stone strength of New England… New Hampshire, you are warriors. And you understand the value of standing up and fighting.”

Cruz stayed for about an hour after the event ended, shaking hands and posing for photos with conservative activists and voters, and even joined some in the crowd for a beer at the bar at the American Legion post where the campaign event has taken place.

Asked about the next race for the White House, Cruz told Fox News that “there will be plenty of time to speculate about future elections. I understand how this process works.”

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“I’m focused on November 2022,” reiterated the senator, who has crisscrossed the national election campaign this year on behalf of fellow Republicans. “2022 is a turning point in the road.”

But he also acknowledged once again that what he decides to do — and likely what other potential presidential candidates decide — will be heavily influenced by Trump’s eventual decision in 2024.

“Everyone is waiting to see what Donald Trump decides to do. He has to decide first. We will find out. Nobody knows what Trump will do. And everyone will act accordingly,” Cruz told Fox News in February , in an interview with CPAC. in Orlando, Florida.

And on Thursday, he was even more outspoken, telling the Washington Examiner during his stop in New Hampshire that “there are a lot of candidates out there smelling their oats and bragging, ‘I’m running no matter what. . says Donald Trump. Anyone who says that is lying. That’s a silly statement for someone who actually thinks about running”

Youngkin on 2024: ‘We’ll have to see how things go’

Governor Glenn Youngkin is a wanted politician on the campaign trail.

Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia (right) and former Maine Governor Paul LePage (left), the 2022 GOP gubernatorial candidate in Maine, speak with reporters, September 7, 2022 at Lewiston, Maine.

Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin of Virginia (right) and former Maine Governor Paul LePage (left), the 2022 GOP gubernatorial candidate in Maine, speak with reporters, September 7, 2022 at Lewiston, Maine.
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As Virginia’s popular first-term GOP governor criss-crosses the country, campaigning on behalf of his fellow Republicans who are running for gubernatorial office in November, speculation is growing about his potential national ambitions in 2024.

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With political pundits considering the rising GOP star a potential White House contender in the upcoming nomination race, Youngkin stressed in an interview with Fox News that “we’ll have to see how things play out” as he reiterated that he was “incredibly flattered”. by this discussion” and “the fact that my name is in the national mix is ​​pretty overwhelming.”

Youngkin spoke during a Wednesday night trip to Lewiston, Maine, where he headlined a fundraiser for former two-term Republican Governor Paul LePage, who is the running mate for GOP governor this year as he tries to win back his old job from his successor, Democratic Gov. Janet Mills.

Rick Scott in Iowa

Senator Rick Scott of Florida, chairman of the Republican National Senate Committee, was in Iowa this weekend.

The former two-term Sunshine State governor turned senator campaigned with longtime Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Republican Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks — both up for re-election this year — during ‘A Miller-Meeks tailgate rally at the annual University of Iowa – Iowa State College Football Game

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Political pundits see him as a potential White House hopeful in 2024, but the senator has repeatedly downplayed such talk. In an interview with Fox News this spring, ahead of a trip to New Hampshire, Scott reiterated that “I plan to run for the Senate” in 2024 when he’s re-elected.


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