Donald Trump has basically breezed through this primary season with his endorsements. Oh, there have been the occasional bumps, like the Lt. Governor in Idaho getting thumped by the incumbent. But overall, Trump had won far more than he lost.
Until last night.
It wasn’t a very good night for Donald Trump (though that’s a strange comment when you think about it seeing how he wasn’t on the ballot anywhere!) Trump got beat when his endorsed candidates got whipped in a few races. David Perdue got beat by incumbent Georgia Governor, Brian Kemp by a 3 to 1 margin. Trump had blasted Kemp for his reactions to the vote in Georgia in 2020 where Trump felt he had the vote stolen from him there and the state officials, all Republicans failed to come to his aid.
In a down-ballot race, Trump had endorsed Georgia Representative Jody Hice against incumbent Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger. The incumbent refused to Trump’s demands to “find more votes” in the 2020 presidential race. I could have run with Trump’s endorsement in this race!
However, Trump did score a major win as former football great Herschel Walker whipped the rest of the field in fine fashion to earn a spot on the November ballot against Senator Raphael Warnock. Walker really didn’t need Trump’s endorsement, as pretty much all of the Republicans in the state backed his candidacy.
One other race that featured a “sort-of” Trump endorsed candidate was Mo Brooks, Representative from Alabama running for the GOP seat being vacated by retiring Richard Shelby (R-AL). He originally had Trump’s support, and even spoke at the “Stop The Steal” rally in support of Trump back in January of 2021. But when Brooks told reporters, “It’s time to move past 2020”, Trump pulled his endorsement. At the time Brooks was trailing badly in the polls, but he made a resurgence without Trump’s support to earn a runoff against the former leader of the Business Council of Alabama, Katie Britt. But Brooks will need a runoff victory to keep his spot. He’ll go up against Britt who got 44.7% of the vote. That was far ahead of Brooks who finished second with 29.2%.
So, what does all of this say about Trump’s endorsed candidates? Basically what I’ve thought all along. People are voting for the candidates, not the endorsements. At least that’s the way it looks in the deep south.
Carry on world…you’re dismissed!