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GOP tries to weed out extreme Senate prospects — with Trump's OK

Posted on AllSides December 15th, 2023
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Elections, 2024 Senate Elections, NRSC, Donald Trump
Photo illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios. Photo: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez-Pool/Getty Images

Former President Trump is mostly keeping his distance from key Senate races in GOP primaries. But privately, Trump's team is working closely with the Republican Senate campaign group, which is trying to avoid fielding extreme, scandal-plagued candidates in 2024.

Why it matters: It's a strategy shift for Trump and the National Republican Senatorial Committee from last year, when several far-right, Trump-backed candidates lost winnable races and the GOP lost control of the Senate.

Zoom in: Steve Daines (R-Mont.), the new NRSC chair, has vowed to not repeat the GOP's mistakes in 2022.

So the NRSC is trying...

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