Former President Donald J. Trump may not have been on the ballot, but he was certainly a victor as candidates that he backed scored massive victories in the GOP primary for the special election of House seats in Ohio’s 15th Congressional district.
Progressive Democrats on the other hand, were complete losers as their well-established contender was shot down by a different candidate endorsed by the Congressional Black Caucus in Ohio’s 11th Congressional District.
Mike Carey, the candidate supported by Trump for the 15th Congressional District said that the Republican victory proves “without a doubt [that Trump is] the leader of our party.”
Carey expressed gratitude for Trump’s support and called his political victory a “win to advance [Trump’s] America First Agenda.” Carey was formerly a longtime energy lobbyist as well as the Ohio Coal Association’s chairman.
Carey was the most popular candidate by far, earning 37% of the vote against 10 other Republican rivals in that district. The 15th Congressional district contains segments of southern Columbus and other small cities, towns, and rural regions in southern and central Ohio.
Carey is now positioned to be the front-runner candidate in the November general election to fill the vacant seat left by longtime Representative Steve Stivers, a Republican who stepped down from his Congressional position to become the acting CEO and president of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. The district is a Republican stronghold with Trump taking the vote by 15 points in 2016 and 14 points in 2020.
Trump held a remote rally for Carey on the night before the special primary election, the second such event he had done on Carey’s behalf in the past two weeks. The former president also took the wind out of Carey’s rivals when he mentioned how some of the other candidates were claiming “I am supporting them… [actually] I don’t know them… Please vote for Mike Carey.” He asked the other Republican candidates to stop using an assumed endorsement and “let there be no further doubt” regarding who he actually has endorsed.
Even six months apart from the White House, Trump remains very influential and popular amongst Republican voters, as he continues to act as a keystone figure of the party, promoting GOP success in 2022 and teasing a potential run in 2024.
Author: Blake Douglas