Trump-Supporting Candidates Still Winning Primaries

Early on Tuesday night two more candidates backed by Donald Trump were declared winners of their GOP primary races, Corey in Connecticut and Kobach in Kansas.

Kobach has been waiting expectantly after coming close to winning the Kansas primary but not quite convincingly enough to declare victory on primary night a week ago. His opponent, sitting governor Jeff Colyer has been clawing for every last recounted and miraculously “discovered” vote he can find.

But as of Tuesday night, August 14, Colyer realized that he was tantalizingly short of keeping his seat.

Colyer ran away from Donald Trump during this Kansas primary. But Kobach — who is currently the state’s Republican Secretary of State — ran headlong toward the president of the United States. Indeed, Kobach and Trump go way back. Kobach was one of Trump’s earliest endorsers.

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But it was a bruising contest in Kansas. All the establishment pols lined up with Colyer hoping to keep the status quo. Kpbach was seen as an upstart and an outsider.

In the end, Colyer decided that he just wasn’t going to be able to “find” the remaining 346 votes he needed to keep Kobach away from the GOP nomination for governor. Yes, it was that close. Kobach has won by around 345 votes.

On Tuesday, as voters in other states headed to their own primary ballot boxes, Colyer called Kobach and conceded the race.

Kobach took to Twitter to thank his opponent:

And to thank his biggest supporter:

Meanwhile, another Trump-backing man won his GOP primary, too.

Republican maverick businessman, Matthew Corey won Connecticut’s Republican primary for U.S. Senate. He will face Trump-hating Democrat Chris Murphy, who won re-nomination for the seat he currently holds in a state deemed “safe seat” for the Democrat Party.

Trump did not endorse Corey outright, but the state Republican Party did. And Corey did not shy from fully embracing the president.

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In Tuesday’s primary the Manchester Republican defeated Dominic Rapini, a national accounts manager for Apple computers.

Corey is a U.S. Navy veteran and owner of a Hartford pub and a window-washing business. He earlier unsuccessfully challenged Democratic U.S. Rep. John Larson.

Corey has called for more investment in small businesses in low-income communities. He’s also supportive of apprenticeship programs, corporate tax reform and a tax credit for home school parents.

Granted it isn’t likely that Corey will be able to unseat Murphy, but the important point here is that even in left-wing Connecticut a Trump endorsement did not doom a GOP candidate.

Already the first five candidates that Trump supported won their GOP primaries.

Earlier this month (and now with Kobach added) he went five for five.

After the Tuesday primary elections finished, Trump jumped to Twitter to celebrate the fact that all the candidates he endorsed won their primaries.

He also tweeted congrats to those candidates:

These are pretty stunning victories for a president that every single talking head in the media claims is thoroughly hated by the whole country.

If Trump is so well hated, why do candidates he endorses and candidates that have publicly sided with him keep winning?

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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