Former President Donald Trump is slowly remaking the Republican Party in his image, much to the chagrin of the GOP establishment.
Following a string of Republican primaries Tuesday evening, Trump went 55-0 in his endorsements, including a come-from-behind victory for a U.S. Senate seat in Ohio for J.D. Vance, author of “Hillbilly Elegy” who was hovering around fourth in the polls before Trump endorsed him last month.
“According to an early tabulation of his betting on the 2022 primaries, his endorsed candidates have all won or moved into runoffs,” the Washington Examiner reported.
“President Trump’s historic endorsement streak of success continues unabated,” former White House Political Director Brian Jack told the outlet’s “Secrets” column on Wednesday.
“He’s 55-0 in midterm primaries — undeniable proof that his endorsement is the most powerful endorsement in politics,” he added.
Vance’s victory also was a win for Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has also joined in the endorsement business to back “America First” candidates.
On Twitter, she congratulated Vance on his primary win and said, “I’m building a team, and it’s not just in the House. We will have a team that exist in both chambers, and only serves the people. Which makes it far more effective than any America-Last squad could ever be.”
I’m building a team, and it’s not just in the House.
We will have a team that exist in both chambers, and only serves the People.
Which makes it far more effective than any America-Last squad could ever be.
Congrats to @JDVance1 and more to come.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) May 4, 2022
Of the 55, five candidates are in run-offs, but Team Trump counts them as victories.
“We count runoffs as a win too — they didn’t lose,” said a Trump adviser.
That said, there is one notable Trump endorsement who is in trouble: former U.S. Sen. David Perdue in Georgia. He is running to unseat first-term GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, whom Trump endorsed in 2018 but who fell out of favor with the former president following his election loss in the Peach State in 2020.
“But his other big endorsement in Georgia, former football standout Herschel Walker, is leading as are many of his other picks,” the Examiner noted.