To the chagrin of Democrats, Tuesday night’s Republican primaries sent a clear message that the MAGA wing of the party is not going anywhere.
In Illinois, conservative hardliner and Trump ally Mary Miller won a competitive race against a more moderate Republican, Rodney Davis, NBC reported.
MAGA Republican wins close primary
The primary win all but guarantees that Miller, who received Trump’s endorsement, will win re-election to a second term in the solidly conservative 15th district.
The district had been redrawn, which sparked a close primary contest between Miller, a MAGA acolyte who voted to decertify the 2020 election results, and Davis, an establishment Republican who voted for the January 6th commission — not to be confused with the January 6th committee.
Despite a big fundraising advantage, Davis lost by 15 points.
Trump stopped in Illinois Saturday to campaign with Miller, who drew attention for commenting that the end of Roe V. Wade was a “victory for white life.” She said she misspoke, but Davis said Miller had shown she was “not fit for public office.”
Her win is another sign that Trump’s endorsement remains potent more than a year after he left office — especially in the Midwest. Trump’s influence in the region was confirmed in May when his endorsement lifted J.D. Vance to victory in Ohio’s crowded Senate primary.
MAGA movement alarms Dems
Although they were not all competitive races, Trump won all 12 of the primaries in which he made endorsements Tuesday.
Colorado’s Lauren Boebert, another notable freshman in the MAGA wing, easily secured the nomination in Colorado’s 3rd district against a moderate challenger.
Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), arguably the most famous and, on the left, most hated Trump ally in Congress, sailed to victory in her primary in May. In mid-June, Trump picked off Rep. Tom Rice, a South Carolina Republican who voted for his impeachment.
Trump has had a few setbacks this primary season, most notably his failure to unseat Georgia’s “RINO” Governor Brian Kemp. But as Tuesday’s primaries showed once again, his sway over the GOP is undeniable.
Democrats, alarmed by the continued strength of the MAGA movement, have embraced extraordinary measures to “save democracy.” Many have called for Trump to be imprisoned over January 6th as he flirts with a third run for president.