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Primary Election Day 2022 – live: Dr Oz and Madison Cawthorn hope Trump’s support will propel them to victory

‘Super guy’: Trump backs Dr. Mehmet Oz in Republican primary for Senate race

Donald Trump’s favorite candidates face off against their GOP rivals in Pennsylvania and North Carolina today, while elsewhere races are taking place in Kentucky, Oregon and Idaho.

In North Carolina, the former president’s pick for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Senator Richard Burr is Ted Budd, who by most polls holds a comfortable lead over Pat McCrory, his closest competitor and former state governor.

Madison Cawthorn, the embattled first-term congressman who has been buried under a slew of scandals surrounding his drinking and comments about other GOP members of Congress in recent months, is also hoping to win in the primary. contested area of ​​North Carolina’s 11th congressional district. He also remains in the lead, according to rare polls, although his support has grown as news broke that he was charged with a DUI and found himself embroiled in a spat. with Republican leaders in the House.

Pennsylvania is another test of the former president’s political strength as he has thrown his support behind Dr. Mehmet Oz, a famous TV doctor and political newcomer who hopes to win the GOP nomination to succeed retired Sen Pat. Toomey. On the Democratic side, Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman is expected to easily claim victory in the purple state won by Mr. Trump in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020 over his opponents Conor Lamb and Malcolm Kenyatta. The no. 2 in Governor Tom Wolf’s administration took a slight hit over the weekend but has vowed to stay the course and resume campaigning for the general election after a short rest.


ICYMI: Stroke disrupts John Fetterman’s Senate bid

Pennsylvania’s Democratic Senate primary favorite is John Fetterman, the larger-than-life lieutenant governor who holds a sizable lead over two other contenders in the race.

Over the weekend, he announced he had suffered a mild stroke and was hospitalized, but remained determined to resume campaigning shortly.

“[O]Our campaign isn’t slowing down at all, and we’re still on track to win that primary on Tuesday and flip that Senate seat in November. Thank you for all the support, and please come out and vote,” Mr. Fetterman said Sunday.

Learn more in The Independent:

John Fetterman hospitalized with stroke

“The good news is that I feel much better, and the doctors told me that I had no cognitive damage. I’m on the way to a full recovery. So I have a lot of reasons to be grateful for ‘

John BowdenMay 16, 2022 9:45 p.m.


Will Kathy Barnette claim victory in Pennsylvania?

The biggest name in the Pennsylvania Senate primary on the Republican side this weekend was not Dr Oz, nor his chief rival David McCormick, who many expected to win Donald Trump’s endorsement.

Instead it was Kathy Barnette, an underdog in the race who has come within striking distance to win the primary in recent days and now sits in second place behind Mehmet Oz, the famous TV doctor and Trump favorite. , according to a RealClearPolicies average of the polls which places Dr. Oz at 26% and Ms. Barnette at 23.4%.

Ms. Barnette’s primary victory would be a shock victory for a far-right candidate who espoused lies about Barack Obama and his religious beliefs and who was in Washington DC the day the Capitol was stormed by Trump supporters.

Read more about his past comments in The Independent from Andre Feinberg:

John BowdenMay 16, 2022 9:18 p.m.


Trump launches last-minute plea for Madison Cawthorn

Madison Cawthorn is trying to keep his one-term House seat in North Carolina’s newly redesigned 11th congressional district.

The embattled congressman is facing the wrath of his party leadership, and a member of his state’s congressional delegation, GOP Sen. Thom Tillis, is openly supporting his main challenger Chuck Edwards.

Mr Cawthorn’s campaign has largely refrained from in-person events amid the ever-growing list of scandals, which grew last month to include his comments about fellow House members accusing them of doing cocaine and inviting him to orgies.

But he has one major advantage over Mr. Edwards: support from Donald Trump, who on Monday implored voters to “give Madison a second chance” ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

Learn more in The Independent:

John BowdenMay 16, 2022 8:39 p.m.


Good afternoon

Voters head to the polls Tuesday in Kentucky, Oregon, Idaho, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

Donald Trump’s power in the Republican Party will be tested again, as Democratic voters decide who they think is best positioned to oppose the candidates chosen by the president in November.

Follow us for more updates.

John BowdenMay 16, 2022 8:32 p.m.

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