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Offbeat Republican candidates rely on a Trump effect

15:51  25 june  2018
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Trump started a movement. The political pundits and reputable professionals in the news media refused to acknowledge the discourse and desire for change that After all, there is one candidate in this election that blamed the death of a US forces, diplomats, and an ambassador on a YouTube video.

a man wearing a suit and tie: As South Carolina Attorney General, Henry McMaster speaks to reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 2010. McMaster is now the state's governer and is in a competitive primary runoff against businessman John Warren.© ROBERT GIROUX/TNS/TNS As South Carolina Attorney General, Henry McMaster speaks to reporters at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on January 13, 2010. McMaster is now the state's governer and is in a competitive primary runoff against businessman John Warren. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is endorsing candidates, rallying his supporters and this week will again test his ability to move Republican votes when his name is not on the ballot.

On Tuesday, two very different parts of Trump's base will decide whether to back the president's chosen candidates, an early indicator of Trump's ability to turn out his supporters out for the fall midterm elections.

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Republican leaders adamantly opposed to Donald J. Trump ’s candidacy are preparing a 100-day Recognizing that Mr. Trump has seized a formidable advantage in the race, they say that an effort to block him would rely on an array of desperation measures, the political equivalent of guerrilla fighting.

Turnout among Republican voters could tank, spelling more bad news for Republican Senate candidates Democrats. One side effect of Donald Trump ’s securing the GOP presidential nod: Republicans might no longer turn out to vote for their House and Senate candidates in the remaining

In New York, Trump has endorsed Rep. Dan Donovan in his tight Staten Island-area race against former Rep. Michael Grimm. Grimm was briefly jailed for felony tax fraud but retains a base of support in the more blue-collar district, where Trump is also embraced as a native son.

And in deeply conservative, heavily evangelical South Carolina, where voters appreciate Trump's Supreme Court choice, Trump will rally Monday for Gov. Henry McMaster, who is in a competitive primary runoff against businessman John Warren.

In past elections this year, Trump's word hasn't always mattered much, with several of his anointed candidates losing high-profile races - including Luther Strange in an Alabama Senate primary, and Rick Saccone in a Pennsylvania congressional district where Trump won by about 20 percentage points in the 2016 election. The results Tuesday will help political operatives gauge how effectively Trump can transfer the energy of his base to other candidates, now that the midterms are less than five months away.

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Republican Rep. Martha McSally will spend Friday with President Trump , trying to rally conservative support for her Senate bid in Arizona. He has also hosted events in Texas for other Republican candidates . At a time when Trump rules the Republican Party, practically choosing winners and

Republican candidates have a model to emulate as they struggle with growing concerns that Donald J. Trump could drag Take Senator Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, where Mr. Trump scored a huge victory in the February primary but where the How Clinton Is Relying on President Obama’s Help.

Trump's ability to bestow his brand on other Republicans has serious implications for this fall's elections, as GOP contenders confront what many see as a lack of enthusiasm among right-of-center voters because Trump is not on the ballot and the Republican-controlled Congress hasn't achieved many of its priorities. On the other side, Democrats are providing significant evidence of an activist base mobilized against Trump.

At a minimum, Republican strategists and activists in New York and South Carolina say that when it comes to stoking energy, a Trump endorsement can only help, even if it's not a guarantee of victory.

A poll this month from NY1/Siena College –– the timing of which didn't fully capture any Trump endorsement bounce –– found Grimm leading Donovan by 10 percentage points, and Grimm has devoted fans who have circled the wagons around him. National Republicans continue to see the race as extremely competitive, with an unpredictable primary electorate.

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But pro-Donovan forces say Trump's endorsement –– and support from his presidential campaign, including a video from daughter-in-law Lara Trump, a senior campaign adviser –– injected a new sense of energy and confidence into the congressman's campaign, while also helping to blunt Grimm's accusations that Donovan is an establishment Republican who doesn't stand with Trump.

"Donald Trump is loved on Staten Island, and, particularly in a Republican primary, it could make or break the race, and I think it has given Danny the momentum he needs to win," said Republican state Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, whose district is in the Donovan congressional district. "It has the ability to neutralize Grimm voters and push undecided toward Donovan. In a race where the polls show it being tight, that makes the difference."

In a Republican primary in socially conservative South Carolina, there is no greater gift than a Trump endorsement.

Trump endorsed McMaster well before the primary. But last week the president detailed his home-stretch runoff plans for the governor: "I will be going the Columbia, South Carolina, on Monday night to do a campaign speech for one of my very early supporters, a man who truly loves the people of South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster," he said on Twitter. "Henry worked so hard & was so loyal to me that I look forward to reciprocating!"

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But the Trump effect now seems to be hurting them whether they distance themselves from the nominee or not. Many Republican women are particularly appalled by Trump ’s sexually graphic language and aggressive tone. The GOP chairman of Ohio recently revealed his wife will no longer let

No Republicans have registered as at-large candidates with the elections board, though the deadline to file is still four months away. Four candidates ran as Republicans . The incumbents won easily. "This election is not going to be the norm," said Jared DeMarinis, director of the division of candidacy

Trump goes to South Carolina emboldened. Two weeks earlier, he intervened on Katie Arrington's behalf in her quest to beat incumbent Republican Rep. Mark Sanford in the 1st Congressional District's primary. Arrington prevailed, and Trump is taking credit for helping make it happen.

But despite the narrative that Sanford lost because Trump backed his opponent, several Republican political officeholders, strategists and observers in the state said Trump's endorsement was only part of the equation.

They say Sanford, who had never before lost an election, didn't take Arrington's challenge seriously until it was too late. Sanford also narrowly won his primary two years ago, which should have been a sign that he was weaker among constituents than he appeared. (In an interview, Sanford disputed characterizations that he didn't take Arrington seriously, and said Trump was the definitive factor in his defeat.)

If Trump didn't single-handedly deliver Arrington the election, it's unclear whether he can significantly tip the scales for McMaster, who always treated his primary race as competitive. Trump's endorsement wasn't enough to help McMaster win more than 50 percent of the vote in a crowded primary field, forcing the governor to compete in a runoff.

"The Donald Trump effect is not transferable," said Matt Moore, a political consultant and former South Carolina Republican Party chairman. "He is a once-in-a-lifetime political phenomenon and we are seeing that in the governor's race in South Carolina. Henry McMaster has done almost everything but literally hugged Donald Trump and he couldn't get over 50 percent in the primary."

In other significant races in which Trump has campaigned, Trump's candidates lost.

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The Associated Press has learned that Vice President Mike Pence has met with some of the contenders for the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement. According to a person familiar with the search process, the meetings took place in recent days. The person did not specify which candidates Pence met with and spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday to describe the private search process. President Donald Trump is set to announce his decision on Monday. Trump has said he'll choose his nominee from a list of 25 candidates vetted by conservative groups.

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