As the midterm primary season nears an end, candidates endorsed by former President Donald Trump have continued to rack up primary wins but with a handful of prominent losses.
Of the more than 200 Republicans whom Trump has backed this year, many ran unopposed or faced little-known opponents. He has also waited to make some endorsements until a front-runner emerges, as with his last-minute endorsement of Tudor Dixon for governor of Michigan.
Several of his candidates were defeated in early primaries, including in Georgia and North Carolina; more recently, he had a startling loss in a special election in Alaska. But for candidates like J.D. Vance in Ohio and Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, Trump’s support was crucial to securing victory. His choices also won in large numbers in two swing states, Arizona and Michigan.
Here is a look at Trump’s endorsement record.
In Wyoming, Rep. Liz Cheney, the most prominent by far of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, fell to her Trump-endorsed challenger Harriet Hageman in a landslide of more than 35 percentage points.
Another of the 10, Rep. Peter Meijer of Michigan, lost his primary to Trump’s preferred candidate, John Gibbs.
And in Washington state, Joe Kent defeated a third pro-impeachment Republican, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler.
In one exception to the trend, Rep. Dan Newhouse, who also supported Trump’s impeachment, advanced over his Trump-endorsed opponent, Loren Culp, thanks largely to Washington state’s open primary system.
A former local television news host, Kari Lake, won the Republican primary for governor with Trump’s endorsement, narrowly defeating Karrin Taylor Robson, the choice of establishment Republicans. Lake has forcefully promoted Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Blake Masters, a venture capitalist who has pushed a version of the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, won his Senate primary and will challenge Sen. Mark Kelly, a vulnerable Democrat, in November.
State Rep. Mark Finchem, who is affiliated with the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and said before the primary that he would not concede if he lost, won the Republican nomination for secretary of state, a position in which he would oversee Arizona elections.
And David Farnsworth won a state Senate primary against Rusty Bowers, the Arizona House speaker who drew Trump supporters’ fury for resisting efforts to overturn the 2020 election and later testifying before the Jan. 6 congressional committee.
Sarah Palin, the Trump-aligned former governor and vice-presidential nominee, lost a special House election to Mary Peltola, a Democrat — a major upset in a state as Republican as Alaska, though Palin will have a second chance in November.
Trump’s preferred candidate, Tim Michels, won the Republican primary for governor, defeating former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
But Robin Vos, the powerful speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly, fended off a challenge — barely — from Adam Steen, a Trump endorsee who had called for eliminating most absentee and early voting in the state and for decertifying the 2020 election.
Gov. Brian Kemp easily defeated former Sen. David Perdue, Trump’s hand-picked candidate, in the Republican primary for governor. Kemp became a Trump target after he refused to overturn the president’s loss in the state in 2020. He will face Stacey Abrams, the Democrat he narrowly defeated four years ago.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who refused Trump’s demand to “find” additional votes after his 2020 loss, also defeated a Trump-endorsed challenger, Rep. Jody Hice.
In a primary runoff for an open seat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District, Rich McCormick, a physician and retired Marine, defeated Trump-backed candidate Jake Evans, the former chairman of the state’s ethics commission and the son of a Trump administration ambassador.
Former professional football star Herschel Walker, who was endorsed by Trump, dominated a Senate primary and will face Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, in the general election.
After a close race that prompted a recount, Mehmet Oz, Trump’s choice, won a Senate primary, narrowly defeating David McCormick.
Doug Mastriano, a state senator and retired Army colonel who has promoted false claims about the 2020 election and attended the protest leading up to the Capitol riot, won the Republican nomination for governor. Trump endorsed him just a few days before the primary.
Rep. Ted Budd won the Republican nomination for Senate, and Bo Hines, a 26-year-old political novice who enthralled Trump, was catapulted to victory in his primary for a House seat outside Raleigh.
But Rep. Madison Cawthorn crumbled under the weight of repeated scandals and blunders. He was ousted in his primary, a rejection of a Trump-endorsed candidate. Voters chose Chuck Edwards, a state senator.
Rep. Tom Rice, one of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump, was ousted by his Trump-backed challenger, state Rep. Russell Fry, in the 7th Congressional District.
But Rep. Nancy Mace defeated her Trump-endorsed opponent, former state lawmaker Katie Arrington, in the 1st Congressional District. Mace had said that Trump bore responsibility for the Jan. 6 attack but did not vote to impeach him.
Adam Laxalt won a primary to face Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, who is seen as one of the most vulnerable Democrats this fall. Laxalt, a former attorney general, was endorsed by Trump and had helped lead his efforts to overturn the presidential election results in Nevada.
Joseph Lombardo, the Las Vegas sheriff, won the Republican nomination for governor and will face the incumbent, Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat.
Dan Cox, a first-term state legislator who embraced Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, handily defeated Kelly Schulz — a protégé of Gov. Larry Hogan, a leader of the Republican Party’s anti-Trump wing — in the party’s primary for governor in Maryland. Cox benefited from more than $1 million in advertising from the Democratic Governors Association, which helped his primary campaign in hopes that he would be easier to defeat in the general election.
State Sen. Darren Bailey, who received a last-minute endorsement from Trump, won the Republican primary for governor in Illinois after similar spending by Democrats, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker.
Also in Illinois, Rep.. Mary Miller, endorsed by Trump months ago, won her House primary against fellow Rep. Rodney Davis, after redistricting put them in the same district.
Senate candidate J.D. Vance defeated a field of well-funded rivals, nearly all of whom pitched themselves as Trump-like Republicans. Vance, an author and venture capitalist, had transformed himself from a self-described “never-Trump guy” in 2016 to a Trump-supported “America First” candidate in 2022.
Max Miller, a former Trump aide who denied assault allegations from an ex-girlfriend and was later endorsed by Trump, won his House primary.
Trump also endorsed Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, a lawyer who had been a surrogate for his presidential campaign. She won a seven-way primary for a congressional seat.
Gov. Brad Little overcame Trump’s endorsement of the state’s lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachin, who was challenging him in the Republican primary.
Rep. Alex Mooney prevailed over Rep. David McKinley in a newly drawn congressional district. Trump’s backing was seen as the decisive factor.
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