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Donald Trump’s control of the Republican Party will face a major test on Tuesday, when the coal lobbyist backed by the former president will face off with 10 Republicans in a special election closely watched by Ohio.
Trump was barred from accessing all major social media platforms because of his supporters’ attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. He seeks to return to the political arena before next year’s midterm elections, when he will control the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
The 75-year-old former president does not rule out running for the White House again in 2024, and Newest According to documents submitted by the Federal Election Commission, he had more than $100 million in funding when he entered the second half of this year.
In recent months, Trump has supported candidates in campaigns across the country, including Mike Carey, who was among the 11 Republicans vying for the party’s nomination in a special election held in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District on Tuesday. One, the constituency spans most of the suburbs of Columbus. The seat is held by Republican Steve Stives, who resigned in May to run the Ohio Chamber of Commerce.
Trump supported Ohio Coal Association Chairman Carey in June. His seal of approval has raised the profile of this political novice and long-time lobbyist, who has been an assistant to the late energy director Bob Murray for many years.
Murray is the founder and CEO of Murray Energy, a mining company headquartered in Ohio. The company filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 11 in 2019 and is now known as the U.S. Integrated Natural Resources Corporation. The company has donated millions of dollars to Trump, his political activities and the affiliated Super Political Action Committee, and Carey is its vice president of government affairs.
When Trump supported Carey in June, he called the lobbyist “a brave fighter for the people and our economy.” A few weeks later, the lobbyist participated in the president’s event with Trump at a market in Wellington, Ohio. First assembly After leaving the White House. Trump’s fundraising tool has raised approximately $400,000 to support Carey, and he has raised more funds in the campaign than any other Republican candidate.
The primary election in Ohio on Tuesday was held a week after another Trump-backed Republican, Susan Wright, lost in the runoff for the Sixth Congressional District in Texas. Wright lost to fellow Republican Jack Elzer, which led to national questions about whether Trump is still the Republican king maker. Wright, the widow of former Congressman Ron Wright, lost to Elzer by six points.
“If Carey ultimately loses, I can see Trump move on and be more cautious with those he supports… As far as Trump is cautious and cautious,” said J Miles Coleman of the University of Virginia Political Center.
“obviously [Trump] I hope to stay active in the political process, but I think he may have been a bit too fast and loose in some of these endorsements,” Coleman added.
The winner of the 15th Congressional primaries on Tuesday will face an unselected Democratic opponent in November.
The Columbus area game is one of two highly anticipated primaries to be held in Ohio on Tuesday. The Democratic primaries are also held in the state’s 11th congressional district, which includes parts of Cleveland and Akron. The game is to fill the vacancy that appeared when former Democratic congresswoman Marcia Fudge resigned and joined the Joe Biden administration as the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development earlier this year.
The Democratic primary election highlighted the differences between the centrist and the progressive in Biden’s party. Local Democratic chairman Shoter Brown and Bernie Sanders’ co-chair of the 2020 presidential campaign, Nina Turner, are widely regarded as leading the pack in a crowded field of more than a dozen candidates.
Sanders campaigned for Turner, and Brown was supported by senior South Carolina congressman Jim Clayburn, whose support was seen as vital to Biden’s own presidential campaign.