FACTBOX-Power of Trump's endorsements faces test in 12 U.S. midterm primaries
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Former U.S. President Donald Trump is seeking to demonstrate his power over the Republican Party with more than 200 endorsements of candidates ahead of the Nov. 8 midterm elections that will determine control of Congress for 2023 and 2024.
Twelve of his primary election picks stand out, some of them Republicans opposing incumbent members of his party. UPCOMING PRIMARIES
* June 14 Republican primary for South Carolina's 1st congressional district The South Carolina state representative is challenging a sitting Republican lawmaker who voted against Trump's impeachment. Mace irked the former president when she said Congress should consider censuring Trump for his role in his supporters' assault on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Arrington has trailed Mace in public opinion polls.
* June 14 Republican primary for South Carolina's 7th congressional district Trump's pick to unseat Rice, one of a handful of Republicans who voted to impeach the former leader, is a state representative whose campaign raised more than $750,000 through May 25, pointing to a potentially competitive race with Rice who has raised nearly $2 million.
WINNERS IN PRIMARIES Mehmet Oz
* Seeks U.S. Senate seat for Pennsylvania vacated by retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey Oz, a celebrity doctor whose endorsement by Trump divided Republican leaders in Pennsylvania, beat former hedge fund executive David McCormick by a margin of 916 votes, a victory called following a recount, according to Edison Research.
Oz will face Democratic Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman in what is expected to be among the tightest races of the November election. Fetterman has acknowledged that he "almost died" from a stroke in the days before the May 17 primary. Herschel Walker
* Will face incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock of Georgia A retired football star, Walker easily won the Republican nomination contest and opinion polls point to a close race in November against Warnock, a pastor. But Trump-endorsed Walker, who has never held elected office, has vulnerabilities including past allegations of domestic abuse.
A rank-and-file member of the House of Representatives, Budd had little statewide name recognition before he sought the Republican nomination for what is expected to be a tight race in November. But following Trump's endorsement, he surged in opinion polls and easily defeated former North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in the May 17 primary. In November, Budd will face Democrat Cheri Beasley, a Black woman who formerly served as the state's chief justice.
Trump-backed Vance triumphed in a crowded May 3 Republican primary and is favored to win in November against Democrat Tim Ryan, currently a U.S. representative for Ohio, although some political observers expect a stiff challenge from Ryan. Vance is best known as the author of the best-seller "Hillbilly Elegy," which documented the descent of factory towns in states like Ohio into poverty and drug abuse. He has styled himself as an angry populist in the Trump mold, seeking to shed his prior reputation as a Trump critic.
LOSERS IN PRIMARIES David Perdue
* Went up against Georgia's incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp Former U.S. Senator David Perdue, despite getting Trump's endorsement, didn't come close to upsetting Georgia's incumbent Republican Governor Brian Kemp. Perdue, who repeated Trump's falsehoods about losing Georgia in the 2020 presidential election due to widespread voter fraud, conceded to Kemp shortly after polls closed in the May 24 Republican primary. Kemp had angered Trump by dismissing the former president's false statements about election fraud.
COMING IN AUGUST Loren Culp
Trump's pick to challenge Newhouse is former small-town police chief Loren Culp, who in March called for the execution of a Black man accused of badly injuring a woman by throwing her down the stairs of a train station. Trump had endorsed Culp in February, angered by Newhouse's 2021 impeachment vote. John Gibbs
A former housing official under Trump, Gibbs' nomination to head the U.S. Office of Personnel Management floundered after lawmakers from both parties questioned his history of inflammatory tweets, including references to baseless conspiracy theories about Democrats and Satanism. His opponent Meijer, who voted to impeach Trump, is far ahead in fundraising. The winner of the nomination contest will face a Democrat in what is expected to be among the tightest House races in November. Joe Kent
Former special forces officer Kent has campaigned with far-right U.S. representative Matt Gaetz of Florida and told Oregon Public Broadcasting he held a social media strategy call with white nationalist Nicholas Fuentes, though he said he disagreed with Fuentes' "ethnonationalism." Kelly Tshibaka
Trump is backing Tshibaka, a former Alaska state administration commissioner, to unseat Murkowski, who was one of seven Republican senators who voted to convict Trump in 2021 on impeachment charges that he incited insurrection. The Alaska contest has taken on the shade of a proxy war between Trump and Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who vowed to do everything possible to help the campaign of Murkowski, one of the Senate's few Republican moderates. Harriet Hageman
Trump threw his backing behind Hageman, a land-use lawyer, in September 2021, looking to punish Cheney, who was stripped of her role as the No. 3 House Republican for voting to impeach the former president on a charge of inciting insurrection. Hageman led Cheney by 20 percentage points in a December poll.
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