WOODSTOCK, Ga. – donald trump open May by raising a trailing Senate candidate in Ohio for the Republican nomination, which appears to cement the former president’s status as kingmaker ahead of another potential White House run. However, he ends the month with a jump series of defeats this indicates a decreasing stature.
Trump stood in front of you series of setbacks in Tuesday’s primary, as voters dismissed his efforts to unseat two key targets for retaliation: the Republican governor and Georgia’s secretary of state, both of whom had dismissed Trump’s extraordinary pressure to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. But the extent of the defeat in the gubernatorial race — more than 50 percentage points — was particularly startling, raising questions about whether Republican voters are beginning to move away from Trump.
Nearly six years after the one-time reality TV star launched a seemingly unlikely campaign for the White House, the Trump-led Make America Great Again movement is going nowhere. But voters are increasingly vocal in saying that the party’s future is about more than Trump.
“I like Trump a lot, but Trump is a thing of the past,” said David Butler of Woodstock, Georgia, who voted for Governor Brian Kemp on Tuesday and said Trump’s support had “no” impact on his thinking.
The same was true of Will Parbhoo, a 22-year-old dental assistant who also voted for Kemp.
“I’m not really a Trumper,” he said after the vote. “I didn’t like him at first. With all this election stuff, I was like, ‘Dude, go ahead.’”
One thing Parbhoo liked about the current governor? “Kemp is focused on Georgia,” he said.
Trump tried to downplay the losses of his favorite candidates, saying on his social media platform on Wednesday that he had had a “very big and successful evening of political affirmations” and insisting some races “couldn’t be won.” .
Still, the pattern of high-profile losses is hard to ignore.
After JD Vance jumped from third to first place in the Ohio Senate primary following Trump’s late confirmation, the momentum took a turn. Trump’s Election in Nebraska’s Primary for Governor Charles Herbster, lost his race according to Allegations surfaced that he groped women.
A week later in Idaho, The governor beat a Trump-backed challenger. in north carolina, Voters rejected Trump’s request to give a scandal-plagued congressman a second chance. And in Pennsylvania, a Marquee Senate primary with Trump-backed famed cardiac surgeon Mehmet Oz staying too close to call.
But his biggest irritation was in Georgia, a crucial swing state, where former Senator David Perdue, whom Trump had campaigned to run and vacate, lost to Kemp. The governor was among Trump’s top targets after he refused to overturn the results of his state’s 2020 White House election.
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who defied Trump’s call to “find” the votes to change the outcome two years ago — a call that is now under investigation – also won his party’s nomination. Attorney General Chris Carr and Insurance Commissioner John King – all opponents of Trump – were also successful in their primaries.
Trump has campaigned in nearly 200 races from governor to county commissioner, often getting himself into competitions that aren’t particularly competitive and helping to bolster his winning streak. Some of his work, even in races with multiple candidates, has paid off.
His early support helped football a lot Herschel Walker and Rep. Ted Budd are sailing to their respective primary Senate nominations in Georgia and North Carolina. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump’s former press secretary, easily won the GOP nomination for governor in Arkansas. And even in Georgia, every candidate Trump has endorsed in open races has won or will go to the runoff.
Some allies say Trump’s approval record is a poor measure of his influence, even as Trump consistently promotes that record.
They argue that voters may support the former president and be itching for him to run again but may not be convinced of his selection, especially in races with governors like Kemp who have long histories with voters. And even without Trump on the ballot, the party has morphed into Trump’s image, with candidates adopting his “America First” platform, mimicking his tactics and parroting his lies about a stolen election.
But with Trump out of office and required to post on his own social media platform, other voices are beginning to fill the void. Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson, the most-watched personality on cable television, has become a driving ideological force in the party. Republicans like to embrace the conspiracy Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greenewho won her party’s nomination for re-election on Tuesday, has taken up his mantle in Washington.
Meanwhile, potential Trump presidential rivals are waiting for 2024.
Former Vice President Mike Pencewho has distanced himself from Trump, gathered with Kemp in suburban Atlanta Monday night and told the crowd that “election is the future ahead” – an implied rap on his former boss.
Trump has also spawned a new generation of candidates who have channeled his “MAGA” brand but have done so independently of his endorsement and see themselves as its next iteration.
“He doesn’t own MAGA,” Kathy Barnette, the Pennsylvania Senate candidate whose late-stage boom stunned party insiders, said in an interview. “Trump coined the word. He doesn’t own it.”
While the left may see the “MAGA movement” as a “cult of Trump voters,” she said, it goes well beyond one man. She argued that Trump succeeded in 2016 because he echoed voter concerns and spoke out loud what people were already thinking, particularly on immigration. She said she tried to do the same in her race.
“I think Trump still has an important voice,” she added, but “he needs better advisors, and he needs to remember better himself why we joined him.” And it wasn’t because we aligned with his values. It was because he aligned with our values. And I think he needs to remember that to keep his voice relevant.”
Other Republicans complain that valuable time and money have been wasted on a selfish Trump revenge campaign that forces incumbents to defend themselves in primaries instead of focusing on general elections. They fear Trump has fielded some candidates who may prove unelectable in November’s general election and has deepened divisions.
“There’s no question that needless fighting with the extremes of the party, of Trump’s grievance party, made it harder for us to win in November,” said Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a potential 2024 presidential nominee who has worked towards it to protect incumbent governors.
Hogan, a Trump critic, said races have been “a bit mixed” so far.
“We are in the midst of a battle for the soul of the Republican Party, and frankly, the battle is not over,” he said. “I don’t think we can say exactly what the result is yet. And I think we have many more primaries ahead of us.”
Others are more confident in saying Trump’s power has waned over time.
“Trump endorsement is helpful, but by itself it can’t exaggerate anyone. And that means it’s less powerful than it was when he was president, and it seemed like a fait accompli when he backed it,” said Mike DuHaime, a longtime GOP strategist.
Still, he acknowledged that Trump is “still the most influential person in the party,” even though that influence has waned.
Colvin reported from New York.
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