Donald Trump is shaping some of the most consequential battleground races in the upcoming midterm elections.
So far, Trump has won all thirteen Senate primaries in which he has weighed in, Breitbart reported, a clear sign of the former president’s continued dominance over the Republican party.
Trump’s winning all Senate primaries
Granted, several of these races were won by incumbents who had little chance of losing, such as Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and Mike Lee (R-UT). But Trump has won every open Senate primary in which he has weighed in, too.
Trump jolted primary season into action with a late endorsement for J.D. Vance, a former Trump critic who won a crowded Ohio Senate primary in May after recasting himself as a Trumpian nationalist.
Adam Laxalt, Rep. Ted Budd, and NFL pro Herschel Walker all handily won their primaries in Nevada, North Carolina, and Georgia, respectively.
Katie Britt won a primary in Alabama after Trump withdrew an endorsement for Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) and backed her instead.
Trump had a close call in Pennsylvania, where celebrity heart surgeon Dr. Oz claimed victory in a tight race after his rival, David McCormick, conceded.
More tests ahead
The primaries are dying down in July but will pick up again in August with a number of high-profile contests that will further test Trump’s clout.
As far as Senate control is concerned, the most important open primary left on the calendar falls on August 2 in Arizona. Trump has endorsed venture capitalist Blake Masters to unseat Democratic senator Mark Kelly.
While Trump has had a strong showing this primary season, he has had some setbacks. Most notably, he failed to unseat Georgia governor Brian Kemp, a “RINO” who angered Trump by refusing to challenge the 2020 election.
Still, Trump-endorsed MAGA firebrands like Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) are on a path to re-election, and Trump has unseated at least one Republican who voted to impeach him over Jan. 6, South Carolina’s Tom Rice.
In August, Trump will have more opportunities to throw out disloyal “RINOs” who voted to impeach him such as Alaska senator Lisa Murkowski (R) and, most notably, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who is in danger of being unseated by a Trump-backed challenger.