Opinion: The Trump Endorsement Record Is Now 191-14-2

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Tuesday’s Michigan and Arizona primaries prove former president Donald Trump’s influence and popularity with American voters is not only alive, but thriving

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This non-satirical, un-opinionated, fully attributed, and unbiased article was compiled by investigative reporter Crystal Dillon. It is comprised of information compiled from the following sources: NBC, The Daily Caller, John Thomas, Andy Surabian, and Reuters.

According to a surprising August 4th story by NBC: ‘The 800-pound gorilla’: Trump boosts endorsement record with Arizona and Michigan wins’ former president Trump still has a tremendously powerful grip on American politics. Even in the wake of detractors claiming that Trump’s popularity has almost completely vanished in the wake of the television productions of the January 6th committee, this latest round of primaries through several key battleground states shows that assertion to be far from true.

To be sure, the numbers simply don’t lie. Since leaving office in January of 2021, Donald Trump has endorsed a total of 204 GOP candidates running for seats in the US senate, The US House of Representatives, and numerous gubernatorial races across the nation. In those 204 cases, Trump backed candidates have been triumphant a staggering 188 times. 14 of his endorsed candidates have lost and 2 others withdrew from candidacy before their respective contests were decided.

These results speak volumes about the position of strength the GOP is in as we inch closer an closer to the November 8th mid term elections, however, we can’t skew the significance of these statistics to lead them to conclusions that are not necessarily supported by the data.

Do these lopsided stats mean that Republicans will dominate the med terms and take large advantages in both chambers of congress as well as governorships across the country? No, they don’t directly lead to that conclusion at all, though they could be indicators of large gains to come for the GOP in November.

More likely, what these numbers demonstrate is a clear and present support for the former president, his message, and his policies throughout the country. Do they show that Donald Trump need only announce his candidacy for President in 2024 to ensure his re-election? No, those statistics don’t guarantee that either. In fact, those stats are possibly more likely to translate to a more effective strategy of a Trump Endorsement of another prominent Republican, perhaps even current Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

“I do think it should put to rest this idea that I think certain people in the party were wish-casting that Trump was losing influence when very clearly he hasn’t been,”

said Andy Surabian, a GOP strategist and former Trump White House official.

Trump had a fairly weak showing in Georgia’s primaries and subsequent runoffs, with multiple endorsed candidates losing. Then last month, a New York Times poll showed Republican voters were split on the idea of Trump running again in 2024.

But Tuesday’s primaries were overall a success for Trump.

Blake Masters prevailed in the Arizona Republican Senate primary with Trump’s backing. Kari Lake, Trump’s pick in the gubernatorial primary there, held a narrow lead as of late Wednesday and appeared poised to hold off Karrin Taylor Robson, who was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R). Also, Trump’s preferred candidate in the secretary of state race, Mark Finchem, won his primary.

In Michigan, Tudor Dixon won the governor’s nomination after a late endorsement from Trump. Rep. Pete Meijer, one of 10 Republicans to vote to impeach Trump in 2021, also lost to John Gibbs, who had Trump’s backing.

Eric Schmitt emerged from a crowded field in the Missouri Senate GOP primary to take the nomination after a Trump endorsement allowing the former president to claim victory in that race as well.

Trump’s only real blemishes appeared to be in Washington state, where two members of Congress who voted to impeach him after the Capitol riot were on track to win their primaries. However, that state has such an historically strong tendency to favor Democrats, the possible success of any Trump-backed GOP candidate in Washington was never seriously considered by anyone with a strong political background.

“Endorsements don’t get any more powerful or conclusive than the Endorsements of last night. I wonder if anyone will write or report that? Just asking?”

Trump posted Wednesday morning on his social media platform, Truth Social.

“Ran the entire board!” he added in a subsequent post.

The former president’s track record of endorsements has been especially strong in primaries where there are multiple candidates vying for the nomination.

One GOP strategist also noted that there are scant examples of Republicans winning a primary by being vocally anti-Trump. Even individuals who have overcome Trump-backed primaries, like Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R), are still generally supportive of the former president.

Instead, Trump’s most ardent critics up for reelection in November have either opted to retire or are facing defeat.

The most prominent example is Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who is facing a primary election on Aug. 16. Cheney has been a leading Trump critic for over a year, voting to impeach the former president and serving as vice chair of the committee investigating the Capitol riot.

A poll released last month by the Casper Star Tribune found Cheney trailing Harriet Hageman, who is backed by Trump, by 22 percentage points.

“Trump should be buoyed by his candidates’ performance last night. After Cheney’s destruction coming up, Trump will be in a prime position to launch his campaign and cruise smoothly through his primary,”

said John Thomas, a Republican consultant who works on House campaigns.

While Trump remains the dominant figure within the GOP and has helped shape the outcome of several primaries, the next test will come in November, when his candidates face a broader swath of voters.

Trump allies believe that the political environment will be so bad for Democrats, particularly if inflation remains high, that even those who currently trail in polling — such as Masters in Arizona and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania — could prevail.

Compiled by Investigative Reporter Crystal Dillon - Because the Truth Matters!

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