Republicans are concerned that pro-Trump candidates in blue states, where they have historically had success with moderate candidates, could decrease the chances of huge GOP gains this November.
Christopher Shays, a former Connecticut U.S. Rep. said that “it cannot go on”, referring to Trump-supporting GOP candidates. Many unhappy Republicans are in office now and feel that the Senate could become Democratic.
Republican voters elected proTrump candidates to represent their interests in blue states such as Maryland and Connecticut, where moderate GOP candidates are more likely than others to succeed.
Trump’s influence was obvious when Leora Levy, a member of Republican National Committee, won a victory against Themis Klarides (former House Minority Leader), who previously stated that she didn’t vote for Trump in 2020.
Kupchick’s tweets caused division within GOP with Trump supporters accusing Klarides of not being a true conservator and Trump critics anticipating Levy’s nomination would mean an easy win by incumbent Democratic U.S. Despite a Quinnipiac Poll showing that his job approval rating has dropped to a low level since he was elected in 2011, Senator Richard Blumenthal is still in the lead.
Ben Proto (chair of Connecticut Republicans) denied that Levy’s win in the primary indicated an evolution of Connecticut GOP politics. ”
Trump supported Dan Cox in Maryland, which was the eventual Republican candidate for governor. Massachusetts’ Republican voters will choose between Geoff Diehl, a Trump-backed former state representative, and Chris Doughty (the businessman).
Several Republican candidates have won primary victories in this midterm cycle thanks to Trump’s endorsement.
Blumenthal has already begun to shift attention to Trump’s race against Levy.