Conservative Candidates Across Nation Trumpet Trump In Campaign Strategies

Undeterred by election losses, a spate of conservative candidates are wrapping themselves in the Trump mantle, believing the loyalty they have shown the president will pay off at the ballot box next year.

From Virginia to Arizona, conservative Republicans who lost primaries in the past are honing their next campaigns along the lines of Mr. Trump’s iconoclastic run last year, figuring he has blazed a new path for victory.

Nowhere is that more true than in Nevada, where Danny Tarkanian is hoping the sixth time is the charm as he seeks to unseat Sen. Dean Heller, a fellow Republican who he says turned his back on Mr. Trump and his “America First” agenda.

Mr. Trump has not weighed in on the Nevada race, but he has taken sides in a Republican primary in Alabama, where Sen. Luther Strange is in a runoff with former state Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Mr. Trump also has given a boost to Kelly Ward, a former Arizona state senator who, after losing a primary to Sen. John McCain last year, now hopes to unseat Sen. Jeff Flake, also a Republican.

Ford O’Connell, a Republican Party strategist, said that approach can work, at least within the primaries.

“What they understand is very similar — that regardless of the mishaps and some of the things that Trump has said, his agenda is very popular and voters agree with Trump’s agenda in those states,” he said. “So bear-hugging Trump is a good thing, but at the same time you have to show yourself as being capable of winning a general election.”

Read more from Seth McLaughlin at The Washington Times

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