Trump endorsement More “matchbox car” than “freight train”: Geoff Duncan

Donald Trump’s endorsements are more like a “matchbox car” than a “freight train,” Republican Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan said Sunday.

As Tuesday’s Georgia primary nears, Trump appears poised to suffer a major proxy defeat in the Republican Party’s gubernatorial primary, where he endorsed former Sen. David Perdue against incumbent GOP Gov. Brian Kemp. Fox News’ latest poll shows Perdue, who lost his Senate race last January, trailing Kemp by double digits.

The former president has publicly attacked Kemp for refusing to accept allegations of widespread voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, a theory put forward by Trump and his allies to explain his narrow defeat in numerous swing states. Trump has accused him of being a “RINO,” referring to the acronym “Republican in name only,” though he supported his 2018 bid.

A loss to Perdue would be the latest sign that a Trump endorsement may not guarantee a candidate’s victory in a Republican primary.

Geoff Duncan speaks about Donald Trump's endorsements
Donald Trump’s endorsements are more like a matchbox car than a freight train, said Geoff Duncan, Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan. Above, Trump speaks at a rally in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania on May 6.
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Duncan noted the former president’s waning influence in statements reported by The Constitution of the Atlanta Journal. He explained that Republican candidates would be less likely to bow to Trump’s demands for confirmation, which is usually reserved for loyalists who support his allegations of voter fraud.

“Every day there are more and more people who dare to walk in front of what used to look like a freight train but is now just a matchbox wagon,” Duncan said, according to the newspaper. He went on to say that Trump’s endorsement is not the “golden ticket” it was in 2018, when Trump-backed candidates, including then Kemp, dominated the GOP primaries.

Despite polls pointing to Perdue’s defeat, Trump’s recommended nominee in the state Senate primary, former soccer star Herschel Walker, remains the overwhelming favorite.

Trump’s recommendations in the most competitive races have been mixed so far.

In the Idaho gubernatorial election, he supported Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin, who lost to incumbent Governor Brad Little. In North Carolina’s 13th congressional district, he endorsed incumbent Madison Cawthorn, who was a close ally of Trump in Congress. However, Congressman lost the nomination for state senator Chuck Edwards last week. In Pennsylvania’s hotly contested Senate primary, Trump-backed Dr. Mehmet Oz to have a narrow lead of about 1,000 votes. However, the race is expected to result in a recount.

But other Trump-backed candidates, including Ohio Senate nominee JD Vance, Pennsylvania gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano, and North Carolina Senate nominee Ted Budd, all won their primaries. Trump endorsement More “matchbox car” than “freight train”: Geoff Duncan

Rick Schindler

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