With the 2022 midterm primaries well underway, the impact of political endorsements—particularly in key Republican contests—is starting to become clear. And with the balance of power in Congress at stake this election cycle, Republicans are keen to muster all of the political leverage available to them to regain power.
That’s why many observers are watching how endorsements from former President Donald Trump, who—according to some polls—still commands majority support among Republican voters, play out in the ongoing primary races. So far, many Trump-backed candidates have prevailed in House and Senate contests, with a few high-profile losses, The New York Times reports.
But, in a political environment that, since Trump’s arrival on the scene has been anything but “business as usual,” and as questions surrounding the former president’s political future continue to make headlines, many are left wondering, how much do endorsements matter today? When can they make or break a campaign?