Trump Celebrates Victories For Endorsed Primary Candidates

Former President Donald Trump continued his impressive record of endorsing winning candidates in Tuesday’s primary battles. Some included tongue-in-cheek picks for progressive Democrats, but there’s no questioning his record of success.

Republican candidates, especially in hotly contested primary races, have scrambled to get Trump’s nod in their contests. Some of his endorsements have come without the party members seeking them, which leads critics to slam the former president for padding his statistics by picking winners.

Of course, numbers don’t lie. Democrats can pick apart individual races as much as they like to prove this or that point, but when the former president can truthfully say his record is undefeated in multiple states, that’s a strong message.

As much as the Democrats’ media allies like to dismiss the power of Trump’s endorsements, the recent record speaks for itself.

In Oklahoma, the primary race for the Senate seat that opened when Jim Inhofe announced his pending retirement went to representative Markwayne Mullin. Endorsed by the former president, Mullin defeated banking executive T.W. Shannon in the GOP primary runoff.

It was another victory in a major race for Trump-backed Rep. Matt Gaetz, who got past former FedEx executive Mark Lombardo in the Florida Republican primary.

Florida showed the strength of the former president’s backing as over a dozen candidates raced to a primary sweep. Trump undoubtedly helped Kat Cammack, John Rutherford, Marco Rubio, Gus Bilirakis, Neal Dunn, and Anna Paulina Luna win Tuesday night.

Other Republican winners with Trump’s seal of approval included Carlos Gimenez, Mario Diaz-Balart, Brian Mast, Byron Donalds, Scott Franklin, incumbent Congressman Vern Buchanan, and Greg Steube.

It was not just Florida where Trump held sway in GOP primaries. Three of his endorsees who won in New York included Elise Stefanik, Nicole Malliotakis, and Rep. Claudia Tenney.

The former president is clearly having fun with his endorsements, and pointing out the successes of his picks only frustrates Democrats more. Even his Democratic “choices” rode their way to victory, proving that his influence, even with tongue-in-cheek selections, crosses party lines.