Donald Trump is quite confident in his ability to help politicians win elections. And it doesn’t really matter to him what his record is. If the endorsed candidate wins, it was because of him. If they lose, he pretends he never knew them.
And while there are many places where Trump’s favor could really help a candidate, there are others, specifically purple states, where it could really hurt. According to a new report from the Washington Post, some Republican strategists want Trump to stay far way from their races.
Michael Scherer and Josh Dawsey note that Republicans in Ohio don’t want Trump endorsing a candidate for Rob Portman’s opening senate seat. The former president has already backed a primary challenger to GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez. Trump also plans on slamming Gonzalez during a weekend rally in the state.
There are also worries that there is no strategy behind the endorsements. The report continues, “Candidates are now vetted for their previous comments about Trump and what they have said on social media. The former president is given the same slide deck on endorsements that he was given in the White House, which featured a candidate’s polling standing, biographical details and other top-line indicators.
For Trump ally Kellyanne Conway summed the attitude towards Trump best. “President Trump’s primary endorsements can be make-or-break,” she said, “but he need not go to every place or get involved in every race.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com and Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology and spending time at the shore with his family.