Trump exposes the limits of his power with ill-fated endorsements
Win or lose, the former president's endorsement often guarantees only about a third of the primary electorate. Republican strategists are watching that dynamic closely.
ATLANTA — By flexing so often in GOP primaries, Donald Trump has exposed the limits of his political muscle.
The former president's top targets — Gov. Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Attorney General Chris Carr — manhandled their challengers in Georgia on Tuesday.
Next door, in Alabama, GOP Senate candidate Mo Brooks survived Trump yanking his endorsement to qualify for a primary run-off.
And those high-profile setbacks came just a week after Trump favorite Rep. Madison Cawthorn lost a re-nomination battle for a western North Carolina House district, while Mehmet Oz, the TV doctor who bore Trump’s blessing, is still awaiting his fate in a photo-finish Pennsylvania Senate primary.