Former U.S. President Donald Trump sought to make clear Sunday that his political stature has not diminished at all, countering what a section of the Republican Party says, The Hill reported.
He also insisted that his role as a mentor to Republican leaders is more powerful now than it was before the 2020 presidential election.
“I am almost unblemished in the victory count, and it is considered by the real pollsters to be the strongest endorsement in U.S. political history,” Trump noted.
“There are plenty of existing politicians who wouldn’t be in power now were it not for my Endorsement (like the Old Crow!),” he declared, referencing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). “The Fake News does everything within their power to diminish and belittle but the people know, and the politicians seeking the Endorsement really know!”
There is no doubt that Trump wields strong influence within the GOP, however the candidates he endorses in the midterm elections are competing tightly, not yet able to gain a comfortable lead with the rest.
According to The Hill, Trump’s Senate candidate, Rep. Mo Brooks, is trailing Katie Britt in some primary polls.
While in the Georgia gubernatorial race, incumbent Republican Brian Kempcan, leads Trump’s candidate, former Sen. David Perdue, by 7 points, according to a January poll.
As for Republican voter support in the face of a second presidential term, which is thought to be possible, polls show it has declined from 2020.
According to an NBC News poll released in late January, 56% of Republicans surveyed considered themselves more supportive of the GOP than Trump, as opposed to 2020, when 54% of Republicans and Republican-leaning Republicans considered themselves more represented by the former president than by party as a whole.
But this trend is also repeated for President Biden. Pennsylvania-based market research firm SSRS confirmed in a poll commissioned by CNN that 51% of Democrats surveyed prefer to nominate a different presidential candidate. Only 45% of them want Biden to return to the White House for a second term.
The sample survey of 1527 adults also found that 49% of Republican voters want to nominate someone else for president, meaning that the other half want Trump to return for the 2024 election.
The fact that no candidate from the Republican wing takes off significantly from his challengers indicates to some that Trump has lost political clout, and would fall short of his chances for re-election. However, given his undisputed popularity among Republican voters, nothing is certain in the 2024 race.