Donald Trump continued to solidify his status as a kingmaker in Tuesday night’s Republican primaries, winning all 12 of the contests in which he made endorsements.
Among the most notable results, Trump led MAGA hardliners Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Mary Miller (R-IL) to victory in their respective races, Breitbart reported.
Trump goes 12-0
Along with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who sailed to re-election last month, Boebert is part of a MAGA faction in Congress that is loathed by the left. She handily won her primary in Colorado’s Third District.
In Illinois’s 15h district, Miller trounced Rodney Davis, who voted to establish the January 6th commission, after redistricting put them at odds. Four other Republicans who voted for the January 6th commission survived their primaries, although Trump didn’t make endorsements opposing them.
Trump’s endorsement won a gubernatorial primary for MAGA firebrand and Illinois state senator Darren Bailey. Incidentally, Trump shared victory with incumbent governor and billionaire J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, who poured millions into backing Bailey on the assumption that he is too right-wing to win the general election.
Other Trump-backed Republicans who won their races include Senator Mike Lee (UT), and Governor Kevin Stitt, of Oklahoma.
Andrew Giuliani, the son of Rudy Giuliani and a family friend of Trump’s, lost a gubernatorial primary in New York to Long Island congressman Lee Zeldin. Trump stayed out of the race.
Dems not satisfied
Trump has had a few setbacks this primary season, most notably his failure to unseat “RINO” Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia.
But he won a crowded Ohio Senate primary in May with a late endorsement for “America First” nationalist and former Never Trumper J.D. Vance, and he unseated South Carolina’s Tom Rice, who voted to impeach him over January 6th, earlier this month, sending a shot across the bow to Liz Cheney (R-Wy.).
Trump’s 144-10 endorsement record is a strong indication that he remains the leader of the Republican party and a continued threat to the Democratic party’s interests more than a year after he left office, and despite a stifling social media ban.
It seems not coincidental that Democrats have been ramping up calls to throw Trump in jail with their January 6th show trial, as he continues to flirt with running for office again in 2024. Trump is leading his rival president Biden in the polls.
The primary season will slow down in July, with just one day of contests, before a blitz of races in August that will give Trump more opportunities to shape the GOP and take revenge on party rivals. The most notorious of the bunch, Cheney, is in the fight of her political life against a Trump-backed challenger.