Donald Trump has shown great pride in hand-picking the subsequent wave of Republican stars.
Back when he was still within the White House, he wrote on Twitter: “As long as I campaign and/or support Senate and House candidates (within reason), they’re going to win!”
In this primary season, he hasn’t been faraway .
Over the past several months, candidates endorsed by Mr Trump have pocketed victories across the country, winning 92% of the time.
From his range in Palm Beach, Florida, the self-proclaimed “king” of endorsements has weighed in on almost 200 races, backing Republican candidates running for the United States Senate , House or state governor in 39 out of fifty states. it’s an unusually high number – during the 2018 mid-terms, he backed slightly below 90 candidates for those same positions, consistent with Ballotpedia. that very same year, former President Barack Obama endorsed 94 candidates.
The election will see voters decide who gets to take a seat in Congress, also as hold key positions in their home state. and are available November, it’s Mr Trump’s picks who will be representing the Republican Party on ballots across the US.
“It’s extraordinary, because most ex-presidents walk off ,” said Charles Coughlin, a Republican Party operative. “That’s not what he’s doing.”
As the primary season draws to a close, here may be a look at Mr Trump’s full endorsement record – who he supported, how they did, and therefore the races he could not swing.
While it’s beyond doubt that Trump backs winners, there’s an important caveat: many of these races were a sure thing from the start.
Some 54 (nearly one-quarter) of Mr Trump’s candidates ran unopposed.
And his record was boosted further by supporting an outsized majority (74%) of incumbents – tried and true candidates with Republican bonafides who had won their seats in the last election and were running for office again. In fact, only one Trump-endorsed incumbent lost: the scandal-ridden Madison Cawthorne, who served two years as a House representative from North Carolina.
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“He is clearly endorsing variety of people who are going to win anyway, so he can run up the share of victories. That’s just a sensible strategy to run the numbers up,” said Whit Ayres, a longtime Republican strategist.
“The endorsements make him the foremost prominent figure in the Republican party,” he added. “And it increases his influence when Republicans are constantly posing for his endorsement.”
In open seats, where there’s no incumbent either because of retirement or redistricting, a Trump-backed candidate won 83% of the time. And in races where the winner would bully off against a Democratic incumbent in November, his pick won 100% of the time.
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Mr Coughlin said the previous president views “every candidate as a proxy for himself”. Their wins reflect back on him, and in many cases, they resemble him too. Of the new candidates that Mr Trump endorsed, who weren’t incumbents, roughly 80% were Caucasian and 70% were male.
And, like Mr Trump when he first ran for president, many (53%) were political neophytes, who had never held office before. The rookies ranged from celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz, to former college footballer Bo Hines, just 26 years old and now the Republican nominee from North Carolina’s 13th district .