Pro-Trump wins in blue states leaves moderates skeptical of red wave

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Some Republicans have expressed concern that pro-Trump candidates in blue states, where the party has typically had success with more moderate candidates, could hurt the GOP’s chances of big gains in Congress and state houses in November.

“It can’t go on,” former Connecticut US Rep. Christopher Shays, a moderate Republican and Trump critic, to the Associated Press, referring to the GOP electing pro-Trump candidates. “One of the things that will happen is that many of the Trump candidates who won the primaries will lose the general election. And there are many hapless Republicans now in office who believe the Senate is now in danger of being democratic to stay .”

Republican voters nominated pro-Trump candidates in several blue states, including Maryland and Connecticut, where more “moderate” GOP candidates have typically found success.

Trump’s influence was fully visible earlier this month when his last-minute endorsement helped Leora Levy, a member of the Republican National Committee, to victory over former minority group leader Themis Klarides, who said she was not on the former. president had voted in 2020.

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Former President Trump stressed the importance of restoring law and order in America in his first speech in Washington DC since his departure.
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“Sad day for CT…,” tweeted Brenda Kupchick, Fairfield’s first Republican select woman and former state representative, after the August 9 race was called for Levy. Days earlier, after Trump approved Levy on the loudspeaker at a GOP picnic, Kupchick tweeted, “How does that help the general election in CT?”

Kupchick’s tweets sparked infighting within the GOP with Trump supporters accusing Klarides of not being a “true conservative” and Trump critics predicting Levy’s nomination means an easy win for incumbent Democratic US Senator Richard Blumenthal. despite a Quinnipiac poll in May that recorded his lowest track approval since taking office in 2011.

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Connecticut Republicans President Ben Proto rejected any suggestion that Levy’s primary victory marked a political evolution within the GOP state. Instead, he said, this year’s party has “candidates across the board who have different opinions on certain issues.”

Maryland Republican Government Larry Hogan with GOP Rep.  Don Bacon of Nebraska, on August 10, 2022 in Omaha, Nebraska

Maryland Republican Government Larry Hogan with GOP Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska, on August 10, 2022 in Omaha, Nebraska
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In Maryland, Trump backed eventual Republican gubernatorial primary winner Dan Cox over a candidate backed by outgoing Republican governor and Trump critic Larry Hogan. In Massachusetts, Republican voters voting in the Sept. 6 gubernatorial election will choose between Geoff Diehl, a Trump-backed former state representative, and businessman Chris Doughty.

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“I will vote against anyone who seeks Donald Trump’s support because that tells me so much about their character and what they plan to do if elected. That’s the bottom line for me,” said Shays, who lives in Maryland. lives, to Associated Press.

Trump’s endorsement has catapulted several Republican candidates to primary wins across the country during the mid-term cycle and he remains wildly popular with GOP voters, but some Democrats and media outlets have claimed placing him on the general election ballot will help Democrats a better chance of retaining control of Congress.

Blumenthal has already begun to turn attention to Trump in his race against Levy.

A day after the primaries, Blumenthal’s campaign sent out a fundraising message warning: “First results are in, and I’m officially up against Trump’s hand-picked general election candidate — a radical Republican who will be nothing else.” than a mark on Mitch McConnell’s disastrous agenda.”

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Levy turned attention to President Biden, who is less popular than Trump, according to a Fox News poll last month, in a press release following her primary victory.

sen.  Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks at a press conference at the US Capitol May 10, 2022

sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks at a press conference at the US Capitol May 10, 2022
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“Dick Blumenthal wants this election to be a referendum on a president,” Levy said. “Donald Trump is not on the ballot in November, but Joe Biden is.”

Republican Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell this week expressed doubts that Republicans will take control of the Senate, pointing to the “quality” of some candidates as the reason.

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“I think the House is more likely to overturn than the Senate,” the minority leader expected. “Senate races are just different, they’re all over the state. The quality of the candidates has a lot to do with the outcome.”

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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