Republicans See Trump Endorsements Helping Candidates In 2022

Republicans are pushing back against the idea that former President Donald Trump has lost sway over the party after the former president's pick came out on top in a crowded Ohio primary election.

Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist and political newcomer, beat ten other GOP candidates, including state politicians, in a bid to represent Ohio's 15th Congressional District. The special election to replace retired Republican Rep. Steve Stivers will take place in November.

The win came a week after another Trump-endorsed candidate, Susan Wright, lost the Republican primary bid for Texas' 6th Congressional District. The loss prompted reports that the former president was losing his influence.

"This media narrative that Trump has lost influence over the Republican Party is beyond insane," said Republican strategist Ford O'Connell.

"This narrative is made to create doubt among Republicans about the direction of the party and to make sure they're not marching in a single file line," he continued. "If they can say Trump lost power, then, all of sudden, people start deviating from the America First Agenda and that's what Democrats want to see."

Read more from Leandra Bernstein at CBS 4

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