United States President Donald Trump speaks to officials during a round table discussion on community safety at Mary D. Bradford High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. Trump visited Kenosha, the city at the center of an angry US debate over racism, despite requests to stay away, claiming he was creating dangerous tensions as a re-election ploy.
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s Political Action Committee, the Make America Great Again Action PAC, bought in the Republican Congressional Prefix on Jan.
The big last minute ad purchase, the first of the group in the 2022 cycle, was made on the same day that another Trump-backed House candidate, Susan Wright, lost in a special election in the 6th district of Texas.
The purchase suggests the Trump team believes it will take more than former president approval to get former coal lobbyist Mike Carey to cross the finish line in the August 3 primary.
Tuesday’s primary winner will face a Democrat in November to see who will replace former GOP MP Steve Stivers, who left Congress earlier this year. The district leans on Republicans, making the primary winner a favorite to win the November seat.
Trump recorded a robocall for Carey and he had the former lobbyist on stage at a Trump rally in Ohio in June. On Tuesday, the same day the ads were purchased, Trump sent an email doubling his support for Carey, Columbus Dispatch reported.
For Trump, this race is about much more than Ohio politics.
The former president has put all of his political branding, and his nascent desire to run for president again in 2024, on his Kingmaker status in the Republican Party.
A second defeat for a Trump-backed candidate in as many weeks could seriously undermine Trump’s aura of invincibility among party believers.
A January statement from Save America, another of Trump’s political committee, shows how the president’s political operation assesses the power of his support.
“President Trump’s popularity has never been as strong as it is today, and his support means more than perhaps any support at any time,” the group said.
Trump ran a fundraiser in Dallas earlier this month to raise money for Make America Great Again.