‘Great guy’: Trump endorses Dr Mehmet Oz in Republican primary for Senate race
Donald Trump’s favored candidates are facing their GOP rivals today in Pennsylvania and North Carolina while elsewhere races are occurring in Kentucky, Oregon and Idaho.
In North Carolina, the former president’s pick for the US Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen Richard Burr, a Republican, is Ted Budd who according to most polling holds a comfortable lead over Pat McCrory, his closest competitor and the state’s former govenor.
Madison Cawthorn, the embattled first-term congressman who has been buried under a heap of scandals surrounding his alcohol use and comments about fellow GOP members of Congress in recent months, is also hoping to prevail in the contested primary for North Carolina’s 11th congressional district. He also remains in the lead, according to sparse polling, though his support for him has plumed as news broke that he was charged with a DUI and he became embroiled in a spat with Republican leadership in the House.
Pennsylvania is another test of the former president’s political strength as he has put his support behind Dr Mehmet Oz, celebrity TV doctor and political newcomer who hopes to capture the GOP’s nomination to succeed retiring Sen Pat Toomey. On the Democratic side, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is expected to coast to victory easily in the purple state won by Mr Trump in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020 over his opponents Conor Lamb and Malcolm Kenyatta. The No. 2 in Gov Tom Wolf’s administration suffered a mild stroke over the weekend, but has vowed to remain in the race and return to the campaign trail for the general election after a short rest.
ICYMI: Stroke disrupts John Fetterman’s Senate bid
The frontrunner in Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary is John Fetterman, the bigger-than-life lieutenant governor who holds a commanding lead over two other opponents in the race.
Over the weekend he announced that he had suffered a mild stroke and was hospitalized, but remained determined to return to the campaign trail shortly.
“[O]our campaign isn’t slowing down one bit, and we are still on track to win this primary on Tuesday, and flip this Senate seat in November. Thanks for all the support, and please get out there and vote,” Mr Fetterman declared on Sunday.
Read more in The Independent:
John Fetterman hospitalized with stroke
‘The good news is I’m feeling much better, and the doctors tell me I didn’t suffer any cognitive damage. I’m well on my way to a full recovery. So I have a lot to be thankful for’
John Bowden16 May 2022 21:45
Will Kathy Barnette rise to victory in Pennsylvania?
The biggest name in Pennsylvania’s Senate primary on the Republican side over the weekend was not Dr Oz, nor was it his top rival David McCormick, who many expected to win Donald Trump’s endorsement.
Instead it was Kathy Barnette, an underdog in the race who has emerged to striking distance from winning the primary in recent days and now sits in second place behind Mehmet Oz, the Trump-endorsed celebrity TV doctor and frontrunner, according to a RealClearPolitics average of polls that puts Dr Oz at 26 per cent at Ms Barnette at 23.4 per cent.
The victory by Ms Barnette in the primary would be a shocking come-from-behind win by a far-right wing candidate who has espoused falsehoods about Barack Obama and his religious beliefs and who was in Washington DC on the day the Capitol was stormed by Trump supporters.
Read more about her past comments in The Independent desde Andrew Feinberg:
John Bowden16 May 2022 21:18
Trump issues last-minute plea for Madison Cawthorn
Madison Cawthorn is trying to hold on to his House seat, which he has held for one term, in North Carolina’s newly-redrawn 11th congressional district.
The embattled congressman faces the wrath of his party leadership and one member of his state’s congressional delegation, GOP Senator Thom Tillis, is openly backing his top challenger Chuck Edwards.
Mr Cawthorn’s campaign has largely abstained from in-person events amid the ever-growing list of scandals, which expanded last month to include his comments about fellow House members accusing them of doing cocaine and inviting him to orgies.
But he does have one major advantage over Mr Edwards: The support of Donald Trump, who on Monday implored voters to “give Madison a second chance” ahead of Tuesday’s primary.
Read more in The Independent:
John Bowden16 May 2022 20:39
Voters are heading to the polls on Tuesday in Kentucky, Oregon, Idaho, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Donald Trump’s power within the Republican Party will be tested once again, while Democratic voters will decide who they think is best to stand against the president’s chosen nominees in November.
Follow along for more updates.
John Bowden16 May 2022 20:32
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.