He IS the ‘leader’ of the party….
He ain’t the ‘be all to end all’ apparently ….
Republican candidates across the country are vying for former President Donald Trump’s endorsement to help shore up campaign funds and excite the GOP base. But Trump’s support hasn’t been enough to clear all Republican fields – something that is on display in two primary races pitting incumbent GOP House members against each other.
Because of congressional redistricting, the decennial process that redraws House district lines across the country in accordance with the census, Illinois and West Virginia each lost one House seat. That has left two Republicans in Illinois’ redrawn 15th Congressional District and two Republicans in West Virginia’s new 2nd Congressional District fighting to stay in office. Trump has endorsed in both races – Reps. Mary Miller in Illinois and Alex Mooney in West Virginia – but his chosen candidates haven’t been winning the money fight….
Trump promised retribution against those Republicans in Congress who voted to impeach or convict him in 2021. However, both Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski have dramatically outraised their Trump-endorsed primary opponents.
In Wyoming, Cheney raised $1.6 million more than Harriett Hageman in the fourth quarter of 2021, and in Alaska, Murkowski brought in nearly $1.4 million to Kelly Tshibaka’s $602,000…
And Trump’s involvement in GOP primaries has left the House Republican campaign arm in an awkward spot.
When asked about Trump’s endorsements in intraparty races, National Republican Congressional Committee communications director Michael McAdams reiterated the NRCC position that the organization “does not get involved in primaries.”
But last year, NRCC Chair Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota warned it wouldn’t be “helpful” for Trump to get involved in primaries after the former President promised to help candidates challenge Republicans who voted to impeach him….