That’s going to depend on who you listen to. There are a bunch of people out there on the GOP side that are screaming that the vote today in Pennsylvania is critical to the Republicans taking over the Senate next year. The Trump-endorsed candidate is Dr. Mehmet Oz, yeah…the TV doctor. He got the Trump endorsement over a slew of other candidates. But hang on to your hats…not all is happy in Trumpland.
Kathy Barnette is a black conservative also running for the nomination. and she’s been scoring a lot of points recently. I saw an interview of people attending Trump’s PA rally, in which they weren’t really thrilled with Oz, but preferred Barnette. A Fox News poll released last Tuesday showed Oz with only a 2 point lead over Barnette, 21-19. The local Fox affiliate in Philadelphia did their own poll on the same day, showing the same results. And the Trifalgar Group did a poll a day earlier, also showing Oz with a 2 point lead.
Barnette has come under attack recently because of her military career and her professional work life, with folks saying she has covered up a lot of skeletons in her closet. Of course, Oz isn’t squeaky clean either. He’s been linked to some rather telling votes in Turkey, where he has dual citizenship with the United States.
In the race for Governor, former State Senator, and retired Marine, Doug Mastriano has a solid 10 point lead for the GOP nomination over 11th District Congressman Lou Barletta. Mastriano has been linked to Q-Anon, and has steadfastly proclaimed that Pennsylvania rigged the 2020 Presidential Election, which is probably what earned him the endorsement from Donald Trump. There are several in the Republican party that are screaming that if either Barnette or Mastriano win the nomination, they have no chance of winning in the general election. Of course, that song has been sung millions of times on both sides of the aisle. We’ll just have to wait and see. But today continues with the Tuesday May Primary Fever for the Republicans. Get the popcorn ready!
However, Pennsylvania isn’t the only one going to the polls with “Trump supported” candidates. In North Carolina, it looked for the longest time like former Governor, Pat McCrory would take the GOP nomination for the seat being vacated by the retirement of Senator Richard Burr (R-NC). But then Trump threw his weight to Representative Ted Budd (R-NC), and slowly but surely, the North Carolina electorate came over to Budd’s side and now he’s favored heavily to win the primary. He also has a solid lead over the presumed Democrat candidate in November.
Pennsylvania and North Carolina are going to further show the strength of a Trump endorsement (which is strange since I would think it would show the strength of an actual candidate!), but in Oregon, there is a race in the 5th Congressional District that pits incumbent, Kurt Schrader (D-OR) against a more progressive, Jamie McLeod-Skinner. It’s the latest attempt of the AOC, Sanders/Warren crowd to get more Democrats in the House that are socialist. Joe Biden has endorsed Schrader, much to the chagrin of the socialist snowflakes.
And in Idaho, current Governor, Brad Little (R-ID) is getting a challenge from his Lt. Governor and Trump-backed rival, Janice McGeachin. There hasn’t been a poll taken on the race since Hector was a pup, but the GOP establishment is looking at this to see exactly how strong Trump’s endorsement can be. Should be fun to watch!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!