Trump supporters tested in midterm primaries as ex-POTUS yet to announce White House bid

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The primaries set out to define the ideological ideals of each party through the candidates that are nominated, and this may also determine the control of the Senate. The Republicans have appeared to display the party’s swing to the right following the key primary races on Tuesday where a number of candidates from the party who supported Trump’s claims of election fraud were favourites.

Out of the 10 Republicans that voted to impeach the former President for inciting the assault on the Capitol last year, four have retired.

The other six, Liz Cheney, Tom Rice, Dan Newhouse, Jaime Herrera Beutler, David G. Valadao, and Peter Meijer are running for re-election but facing difficult challenges in the primaries.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell previously declared that “unacceptable” GOP candidates nominated during the primaries could prevent party from winning the majority.

Pennsylvania is a crucial swing state that is garnering much attention as the Democrats are aiming to reverse the seat of Senator Patrick J. Toomey who is retiring and the state helped to cement the 2020 election for President Joe Biden.

A forthright supporter of Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ (MAGA) campaign, Kathy Barnette, 50, said in an election debate that “MAGA does not belong to President Trump” to try and cause trouble for Mehmet Oz, a candidate endorsed by Trump.

With little funding, Ms Barnette is competing against well-funded Oz, 61, and David McCormick, 56, the former chief executive of one of the world’s largest hedge funds.

Oz and Barnette have clashed on a large scale with Oz, potentially being the first Muslim senator and Barnette previously tweeting in 2015 that “paedophilia is a cornerstone of Islam”.

Oz has condemned Barnette’s extremist views saying that her comment is “disqualifying” and adding: “This state was based on religious freedom. 

“I’m proud as a Pennsylvanian to uphold those founding beliefs that every faith has its merits.”

Trump has come out in support of Oz on numerous occasions and instructed his followers to not support Barnette because she “will never win” and has “things in her past which have not been properly explained or vetted”.

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Fox News revealed that Trump recorded a phone message to his backers where he alleged that Barnette “wanted to build a statue to Barack Hussein Obama and attacked the father of our country, George Washington. That’s no good.”

Ms Barnette described the comments as “unfortunate” and was due to “bad advisers on that one”.

Mr McCormick is showing himself as the candidate most likely to defeat the Democrats in the midterms in November which will test Trump’s favoured candidates and will indicate if the former President is a viable option for the 2024 election.

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