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US: Trump-backed candidates secure major primary victories

In Pennsylvania, the Republican gubernatorial nomination was secured by Doug Mastriano, a far-right state senator who repeated Trump’s false claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election won by Democrat Joe Biden during the campaign. In North Carolina, Trump has a win and a loss.

Several of the candidates backed by former US President Donald Trump secured key victories in Tuesday’s primaries in a nomination for the November election. Trump (2017-2021) showed that his support for candidates continues to drag the Republican base to the polls and that he is, therefore, not a figure of the past, but of the party’s future.

In Pennsylvania, a traditionally hotly contested state between Democrats and Republicans and of great importance in any election, the Republican gubernatorial nomination was secured by Doug Mastriano, a far-right state senator who repeated Trump’s false claims about the election during the campaign. voter fraud in the 2020 election won by Democrat Joe Biden.

Mastiano, 58, financed some of the buses that transported Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021, to Washington. He also prevented journalists from covering campaign events and was photographed on several occasions with supporters of the movement of QAnon conspiracy. Mastriano will face November the current Pennsylvania attorney general, Josh Shapiro, who won the Democratic nomination.

The winner is likely to take responsibility for deciding whether or not Pennsylvania women have access to safe abortions, as the US Supreme Court appears set to end federal protections for that right in the coming weeks. It will then be up to the states to decide on abortion. In the case of Pennsylvania, voters will have to choose between Mastriano, who is anti-abortion, and Shapiro, who has sworn to veto any attempt by the Republican majority in the state legislature to restrict the right.

However, also in Pennsylvania, the count continues to show no clear winner in the Republican primaries for one of the state’s Senate seats.

According to the television network CNN, there is currently a technical tie between businessman David McCormick and surgeon and television celebrity Mehmet Oz, who had received the support of Trump. Before midnight, McCormick, who was leading by a handful of votes, addressed supporters and asked them to go home because the recount was going to continue today.

The Republican candidate who emerges victorious in this primary will face John Fetterman, who beat centrist Conor Lamb in the Democratic primary, and who is in hospital after suffering a heart attack last week. In a statement, US President Joe Biden expressed support for Fetterman and said the party is now united in supporting this candidacy.

In North Carolina, different results were recorded for candidates supported by Trump. For example, Ted Budd won the Republican nomination for one of the state’s Senate seats, but Congressman Madison Cawthorn lost in the primaries.

Cawthorn, 26, had infuriated the party apparatus by claiming on a podcast that other Republican lawmakers had invited him to an orgy in Washington. On the other hand, he is also part of the most extreme wing of the party and was one of the lawmakers who participated in the rally that Trump gave outside the White House on January 6, 2021, during which he invited supporters to march to the Capitol to prevent for Biden’s electoral victory to be certified.

In total, five states held primaries this Tuesday: Idaho, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Oregon.

This day marked the beginning of the primary for the November 8 elections, in which Democrats will defend the majorities won in both houses of Congress.

These midterm elections generally serve as a way of measuring the approval rating of the President, in this case, Biden, because they take place two years after the inauguration of the head of state.

Source: With Agencies

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