All Trump-Backed Senate Candidates Undefeated in Primaries

Trump endorsed 13 candidates for Senate in the Republican primaries.

QUICK FACTS:
  • All 13 of former President Donald Trump’s Senate candidate endorsements have won their primary bids.
  • Even in the case of late endorsements, like in the case of J.D. Vance in Ohio, the Republicans took more than 32% of the vote in a crowded primary race.
  • Trump’s team told reporters that the Ohio candidate was poling in the 10th percentile and in fifth place at the time that Trump endorsed him on April 15 ahead of the May 3 primary race.
  • A dozen other Senate candidates have won their primaries, including former Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker, who took the Georgia Republican nomination for United States Senate.
  • Incumbent Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) was able to beat out former New England Patriots football player Jake Bequette to take the renomination in his home state.
TRUMP’S OVERALL ENDORSEMENT RECORD IN THE PRIMARIES:
  • Former President Trump has, thus far, held a strong record of wins for his endorsed candidates in the primaries across all offices.
  • Some reports indicate that Trump has had 145 wins and 11 losses as of June 30 for all his endorsements.
  • An estimated 47 of those rases were endorsements from races that were not contested, but some were riskier picks, like unknown political figures such as Katie Arrington who challenged incumbent Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC).
  • There are at least 60 outstanding trump endorsements in races that have yet to be determined, in states like Florida and Michigan.
BACKGROUND:
  • Trump made two regular endorsements in 2021 and three special election endorsements. Of those five, four candidates won their election.
  • In 2020, Trump made 183 endorsements in the regular elections and five in special elections, and of those 188 endorsements 144 candidates won their elections.
  • The former president has also issued endorsements in foreign elections, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.