Yesterday, North Carolina Congressman Madison Cawthorn and Idaho Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin lost their respective Republican primaries, becoming the latest candidates to lose despite receiving the “coveted” Trump endorsement.
According to a new report from the New York Times, the ugly, contentious Republican primaries have “shown how thoroughly Donald J. Trump has remade his party in his image — and the limits of his control over his creation.”
Trump has used his kingmaker status to elevate his preferred candidates, but on Tuesday one was trounced by 20 points, while the other was taken down by a complex Republican sting operation.
Trump has already defeated U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem in Ohio, but “roughly 70 percent of Republicans voted against his endorsement.” Moreover, losses, like the one in Nebraska’s gubernatorial race, give a glimmer of hope to the 2024 presidential hopefuls — including members of his own cabinet – who are looking to best the head of the Republican Party.
Now, with Georgia on his mind, Trump will face off against his former V.P. Mike Pence, who is out campaigning with Gov. Brian Kemp to defeat Trump-endorsed David Perdue.
“While every candidate running in these contentious GOP primaries is a MAGA Republican, likely 2024 presidential hopefuls will be celebrating Trump’s losses,” said Aidan Johnson, spokesperson for American Bridge 21st Century. “These races show the limits of Trump’s power and foreshadow the nasty presidential primary that will unfold in 2024.”
Read the full New York Times report here.
Published: May 18, 2022
Last Modified: May 20, 2022