Republican voters in two U.S. states will vote on their candidates for the November election dates on Tuesday, a process that should provide yet another sense of Donald Trump’s real influence over the Conservative party.
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Nebraska and West Virginia, both of these sparsely populated states, openly side with the Republicans, and candidates who emerge victorious from these primaries have every chance of being elected in the fall.
And to bolster the support Donald Trump already enjoys in Congress or among local leaders, he must count his forces if he is to set out again to take the White House in 2024.
In Nebraska, Donald Trump is officially behind the candidacy of Charles Herbster, a 60-something who made his fortune in breeding. The man, who is running for governor, has been accused of sexual assault by eight women, including an elected local official, charges he denies en bloc.
Opposite him is Jim Pillen, a senior Conservative university official who enjoys the support of current Governor Pete Ricketts, who is unable to run for re-election even after two terms.
In West Virginia, where a county primary is due Tuesday, the former Republican president has voted to endorse Rep. Alex Mooney against another Republican Rep. David McKinley. Again, the election of Donald Trump is not to the liking of the state’s Governor Jim Justice, who offered his support to Mr. McKinley.
The latter irritated the former president by voting in favor of the major infrastructure renovation program that Joe Biden wanted and backing the creation of a commission of inquiry into the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
Altogether, a dozen US states organize primary elections in May to determine who will be their Republican nominee for the “midterms”, the general election.
Donald Trump has already had a win in Ohio, with the victory of JD Vance, who wasn’t originally his colt but had the flair to seek and enlist the support of the billionaire-turned-politician.
If the 70-year-old takes the test in Nebraska and West Virginia, the thesis of his stranglehold on Abraham Lincoln’s party will be strengthened. If his nominees fail, other Republicans might think twice before seeking the anointing of the former White House champion.