Donald Trump get his….
But NOT the whole ball of wax….
His endorsed people got marginal wins mostly from Republican voters…
Trumpism is alive for GOPer’s …But it does seem to be running out of gas….
What works for the Greand ole Party is probably gonna cost them in November….
Democrats could be smiling on the above….
Progressive Democrats seem to be holding tbheir own even as they are outspent by moderate and establishment party members….
Tuesday brought more reason to doubt Trump’s status as a GOP kingmaker, even as Trump-y candidates continue to win plenty. Trump notched one big win but two high-profile losses, with the biggest race yet to be decided.
The big win was in the North Carolina Senate race, where Rep. Ted Budd’s candidacy was among Trump’s earliest endorsements; Budd overcame early grumbles about his campaign to defeat former governor Pat McCrory. That’s a clear win for Trump.
Trump-endorsed state Sen. Doug Mastriano also won the nomination for Pennsylvania governor, but he was already well on track to victory before Trump backed him in recent days. So that one doesn’t really count for much.
Trump risked more in primaries for Pennsylvania Senate and Idaho governor, and the last one fell through — badly. Idaho Gov. Brad Little easily turned aside far-right Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin, who never really caught on despite an early Trump endorsement. Little currently leads by more than 20 percentage points.
Trump also lent embattled Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) a late attempted lifeline, but it wasn’t enough. Cawthorn fell to state Sen. Chuck Edwards. As with Herbster, other high-profile GOP officials endorsed against Trump’s pick, and Cawthorn’s major personal issues ultimately overwhelmed him.
In the Pennsylvania Senate race, Trump-backed Mehmet Oz currently leads by 0.2 percentage points, but many absentee ballots remain to be counted, and rival Dave McCormick’s campaign is expressing confidence they’ll swing the race for him….
In Ohio this month, J.D. Vance received 32 percent of the vote. In Nebraska last week, Charles W. Herbster got 30 percent. And on Tuesday alone:
Dr. Mehmet Oz was hovering around 31 percent of the vote in Pennsylvania.
Bo Hines took 32 percent in a House primary in North Carolina.
Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin of Idaho lost her primary for governor with about a quarter of the vote.
All of these candidates were endorsed by Mr. Trump in competitive primaries. And the outcome of these races has established the value of his endorsement in 2022: About one-third of Republican primary voters will back the Trump candidate.
In some races, like Mr. Vance’s for Senate and Mr. Hines’s, that’s enough to win and for the former president to claim credit. Elsewhere, as in Mr. Herbster’s bid for governor, the Trump-backed candidate fell short….
None of this bodes well for Mr. Trump’s Georgia picks, who are facing cash disadvantages and, unlike in the primary contests so far this year, entrenched incumbents. The Georgia primaries are next week….
John Fetterman was expected to win the Democratic Senate primary in Pennsylvania for so long that it could be easy to overlook how big a win it was for the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
And the evening got better after that.
In Oregon, first-time candidate Carrick Flynn, who had the support of the leadership-aligned House Majority PAC, conceded to Andrea Salinas, a progressive state lawmaker endorsed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), in the open 6th Congressional District. In the state’s 5th District, moderate incumbent Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) was trailing progressive Jamie McLeod-Skinner by a wide margin with 46 percent of the expected vote in.
In Pennsylvania, Summer Lee was leading Steve Irwin by a razor-thin margin with 93 percent of the expected vote in.
In North Carolina, two progressives, Nida Allam and Erica Smith, went down in open seat House primaries. But even with those losses — and even if the results in Oregon and Pennsylvania turn — it will go down as a good night for the left.
At a minimum, they have Fetterman and Salinas. And in the Senate, the rest of the map was pretty promising for progressives as well. A night that produced Fetterman — and Charles Booker and Cheri Beasley in Kentucky and North Carolina, respectively — as Democratic Senate nominees is a night progressives can learn to love.