Trump helped lift some U.S. Senate candidates to victory. In Ohio, he backed “Hillbilly Elegy" author JD Vance after a furious push by Vance's opponents to win Trump's favor. The endorsement just three weeks before the election propelled Vance to a win.
Dr. Mehmet Oz got Trump's seal of approval about five weeks before Pennsylvania's primary, a blow to former hedge fund CEO David McCormick, whose wife, Dina Powell, served in Trump’s administration. Oz eked out a slim victory over McCormick after a recount.
In North Carolina, Trump endorsed Rep. Ted Budd a year before his primary, elevating the little-known congressman from a 14-candidate field to win the GOP Senate nomination.
Trump also waded into statewide races, backing Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against primary challenger George P. Bush. Trump was rewarding Paxton for petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the 2020 election — an effort the state bar termed “dishonest" as it sought to punish him for it.
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Katie Britt nearly won a GOP primary outright to replace her boss, retiring Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, but ended up in a runoff with longtime Rep. Mo Brooks, whom Trump initially supported before pulling his endorsement as Brooks' polling languished. Trump endorsed Britt only after she finished first in the primary.
Republican voters in Nebraska rejected Trump's gubernatorial pick, businessman Charles Herbster, who was accused late in the campaign of having groped multiple women, going instead with University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen as their nominee. In a U.S. House race in Georgia, GOP voters picked trucking company owner Mike Collins over Vernon Jones, a Trump-backed Democrat-turned-Republican.