How Much Influence Will Trump Have Over The 2022 GOP Primary Elections?

Headline Roundup April 30th, 2022

As the 2022 primary elections begin next week, many political analysts are wondering how much influence the endorsements from former president Donald Trump will have over the 2022 GOP primaries.

Trump has endorsed 144 candidates running for general office in 2022, according to Ballotpedia. The first indicator of Trump's influence over the Republican Party will be on Tuesday in Ohio’s GOP Senate primary, where he has endorsed J.D. Vance. Other notable candidates endorsed by Trump include Alabama's Mo Brooks, Nebraska's Charles Herbster, North Carolina's Ted Budd,  and Pennsylvania's "Dr." Mehmet Oz.

The Washington Times (Lean Right bias) emphasized how Vance's political future "brightened considerably" once he was endorsed by Trump and cited multiple polls that found the former president’s endorsement "to be helping." The outlet also said Trump's influence over the Republican Party "could further solidify" if Vance wins the election on Tuesday.

The New York Times (Lean Left bias) mentioned how Vance has recently "zoomed to the top of the public polls," and also said Trump's endorsement is "no magic wand," citing a poll that found Republicans were split on whether an endorsement from Trump would make any difference over the candidates they vote for. "Everyone knows Trump still has juice," the outlet noted, "but nobody is sure just how much juice."

From the Right
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ANALYSIS

Former President Donald Trump‘s influence over the Republican Party will be put to the test on Tuesday in Ohio’s GOP Senate primary, where his last-minute endorsement has propelled the once-lagging candidate J.D. Vance into a tie for the lead.

Mr. Vance, author of the bestselling book “Hillbilly Elegy,” had been struggling in polls for weeks, stalled behind GOP rival and former state treasurer Josh Mandel, who held a firm lead over all seven Republican candidates and had won several high-profile endorsements.

But Mr. Vance‘s political future brightened considerably this month when Mr. Trump announced he would back Mr. Vance’s Senate bid. The...

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From the Left
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ANALYSIS

If you doubt the power of Donald Trump’s endorsement, look no further than the Ohio Senate race.

Since April 15, when Trump backed J.D. Vance in the Republican primary, the venture capitalist and author of “Hillbilly Elegy” has zoomed to the top of the public polls. Vance jumped from 11 percent of likely voters in March to 23 percent now, according to Fox News.

The real test of Trump’s party boss mojo, however, is fast approaching: actual elections, beginning with Ohio’s on Tuesday. Trump has endorsed candidates in at least 40 Republican primaries that...

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From the Center
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A series of May primaries represent the biggest test yet of Donald Trump’s post-presidential influence on the Republican electorate, with the outcomes carrying implications for his potential third White House campaign and control of Congress.

The fate of several of Mr. Trump’s highest-profile endorsements will be determined during a month that features a dozen primaries from coast to coast. GOP contests for U.S. Senate in Ohio on Tuesday and the battleground states of Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania in the following weeks will be among the most closely watched, as well as...

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