11 Trump-Backed Candidates Win Primaries After FBI Mar-a-Lago Raid

Winners: Levy, Van Orden, Johnson, Fitzgerald, Steil, Tiffany, Brandtjen, Michels, Emmer, Fischbach, Stauber.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The day after President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was raided by the FBI, a move characterized by Trump as a “weaponization of the Justice System,” eleven candidates he endorsed won their respective primary elections in Connecticut, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
  • In Connecticut, Leora Levy won the Republican U.S. Senate primary to now challenge incumbent two-term Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
  • In Wisconsin, Trump-backed former Navy SEAL Derrick Van Orden was victorious in his congressional district primary.
  • Also in Wisconsin, two-term incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) won his primary.
  • Rep. Scott Fitzgerald (R-WI) won the GOP nomination for the Fifth Congressional District.
  • Rep. Bryan Steil (R-WI) gained the GOP nomination for the First Congressional District.
  • Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) won the GOP nomination for the Seventh Congressional District.
  • State Assemblywoman Janel Brandtjen (R-22) won the Republican nomination for District 22.
  • In Wisconsin’s GOP gubernatorial primary, Trump-endorsed businessman Tim Michels beat out a party rival endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence, Rebecca Kleefisch.
  • In Minnesota, Rep. Tom Emmer (R-MN) became the GOP nominee for the Sixth Congressional District, Rep. Michelle Fischbach (R-MN) for the Seventh Congressional District, and Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN) for the Eighth Congressional District.
  • Trump’s endorsement record now stands at 192-11, according to a Breitbart tally.
  • Eric Trump tweeted about his father’s growing war chest, saying the 45th President “is shattering all fundraising records and I’m told has raised more money in the past 24 hours than ever before in recent history!”
ENEMIES OF TRUMP LOSING:
  • Most of the 10 Republican members of Congress who voted to impeach President Trump have either retired or lost, The Associated Press (AP) reports.
  • That list includes Michigan Rep. Peter Meijer, who lost his race last week, along with Washington State Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who conceded on Tuesday.
  • Rep. Liz Cheney, serving as vice chair on the House Jan 6 committee, will be on the Wyoming ballot next week but is widely expected to lose, according to AP.
BACKGROUND:
  • Trump posted a message Wednesday on his Truth Social saying that the FBI would not let his lawyers into the areas the agency was searching at Mar-a-Lago.
  • “Everyone was asked to leave the premises,” Trump wrote, adding that the agents “wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting.'”
  • See the full post below.
Screenshot from President Donald J. Trump’s Truth Social account taken August 10, 2022