President Donald Trump has started naming the slate of primary challengers he is planning on endorsing in anticipation of next year’s crucial midterm elections. He states that he is looking to provide endorsements for “smart” and “America First” Republicans around the country for seats in Congress.
Trump issued his statement through his Save America PAC that named several candidates he plans on opposing in primary and general elections next year.
He said that he expects to endorse willing candidates challenging incumbent Republican Reps. Tom Rice (SC), John Katko (NY), Don Bacon (NE), Don Young (AK), Fred Upton (MI), Andrew Garbarino (NY), Peter Meijer (MI), David McKinley (WV), Nancy Mace (SC), Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA) and Chris Smith (NJ).
Trump singled out Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), saying that she is “on the skids” with an approval rating of 19 percent. He said that saving America begins with keeping the Republican Party from Republicans In Name Only (RINOs), “sellouts, and known losers!”
Trump referred to Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) as the “Disaster from Alaska” and said she “must go.”
In January, a survey by a research group from Harvard, Rutgers, and other universities found that 45 percent of Republicans said they would be more likely to vote for a Trump-endorsed candidate. That number has likely increased during the Biden administration, considering the steadily declining approval numbers Biden and the Democrats are seeing.
Following the stunning election of Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor of Virginia over favored Democrat Terry McAuliffe, Trump has become more prevalent in some important midterm campaigns.
Many Republicans who have declared early have embraced Trump much more than Youngkin did in Virginia.
Meanwhile, Democrats hope that Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” spending plan will be enacted and appeal to midterm voters.