- Former President Trump’s Political Action Committee purchased ads worth $348,081 to support Trump-backed candidate Mike Carey in the GOP primary in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, according to forms filed with the Federal Election Commission.
- The big, last-minute ad purchase by the Make America Great Again Action PAC was made on the same day that another Trump-backed House candidate, Susan Wright, lost in a special election in Texas’ Sixth District.
- The former president has staked his entire political brand as the kingmaker in the Republican Party. The second defeat in as many weeks for a Trump-backed candidate would put a serious dent in Trump’s aura of invincibility.
WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump’s political action committee bought $348,081 worth of ads in the Republican congressional primary in Ohio’s 15th district, where the Trump-backed candidate is facing crowded GOP territory.
NS Big, last-minute ad purchases The PAC, created Tuesday by Make America Great Again Action, was defeated on the same day by another Trump-backed House candidate, Susan Wright, in a special election in the 6th Congressional District of Texas.
The purchase shows the Trump team believes it will take more than the former president’s support to keep former coal lobbyist Mike Carey over the finish line in next week’s primary.
The winner of Tuesday’s vote will face a Democrat in November to see who will replace former GOP Representative Steve Stivers, who left Congress earlier this year. The district tilts Republicans, making the winner of the primary a favorite to win the seat.
trump is Recorded a robocall for Kerry And he had former lobbyists on stage with him at a Trump rally in Ohio in June.
On Tuesday, the same day the ads were purchased, Trump sent an email supporting Carey, The Columbus Dispatch reported.
The Ohio primary has spent big dollars on several candidates, including $220,000 in opposition ads against Kerry, paid for by a group called the Conservative Outsiders PAC.
For Trump, this race is more than Ohio politics.
The former president bets his entire political brand, and his nascent aspirations to run for president again in 2024, on his position as kingmaker in the Republican Party.
The second defeat in as many weeks for a Trump-backed candidate could put a serious dent in the aura of Trump’s invincibility among party loyalists.
A January statement from another Trump political committee, Save America, reflected how the president’s political handling views the power of his endorsement.
“President Trump’s popularity has never been stronger than it is today, and his support means more than any support at any point in time,” the group said.
trump Titled a fundraiser in Dallas Earlier this month to raise money for the Make America Great Again Action PAC.