Tuesday’s election shows Trump still influences voters. Republicans, why do we allow it?

Source: USA Today
by Chris Schlak

“Former President Donald Trump has a successful endorsement track record in the GOP primaries so far. According to Ballotpedia, 119 of his endorsed candidates this year have won and eight have lost — a 94% success rate. … However, a high success rate does not necessarily make Trump a kingmaker. Although there have been instances of Trump making risky endorsements that have lifted candidates from the middle of the pack to front-runner, like in the Ohio and Pennsylvania Senate races, Trump has mostly picked incumbents who were going to win comfortably. … I do not know why the Republican Party needs Trump’s influence at all. Actually, I think his influence should be removed from the primaries, and any Republican who cares about the long-term future of the GOP should refuse to vote for his endorsed candidates.” (06/15/22)