Former President Donald Trump’s leadership, was strengthened by the win of his endorsed Republican candidate, Mike Carey, in the Ohio House primary.

“Thank you to Ohio and all of our wonderful patriotic Americans. Congratulations to Mike and his family. He will never let you down,” Trump said in the statement issued Aug. 4.   

For his part, Carey confirmed the perception that his victory simultaneously signified an achievement of Trump’s role as leader of the Republican Party and, eventually, would reflect a favorable electoral outlook for next year.  

“Tonight, Republicans across Ohio’s 15th Congressional District sent a clear message to the nation that President Donald J. Trump is, without question, the leader of our party,” Carey emphasized according to Fox News. 

He added, “I couldn’t be more grateful for your support, and I’m proud to deliver this victory to advance your America First agenda,” addressing Trump.

Carey is a veteran energy lobbyist and also president of the Ohio Coal Association.

In this primary election, he defeated the 10 other Republican candidates in his race in the Columbus area, some of whom had establishment backing and experience in state politics.

Additionally, according to one of his statements, Trump denounced the opposition that the media continues to present against him.

“In fact, the Washington Post has yet to correct its old story. But lo and behold, instead of a loss, there was a landslide victory for Mike, a far greater victory than even the most optimistic polls,” he wrote.

He added: “It was a great day for Ohio, but the story of this victory has barely been reported by the fake news.”

“If my endorsed candidate had lost, it would have been nothing but front page. What a double standard, but congratulations to Mike, he will never let Ohio down,” he also said. 

On the Democratic side were defeated progressives, with centrist candidate Shontel Brown being the nominee, who defeated former state Senator Nina Turner despite Turner’s endorsements from Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Brown’s victory in this 13-candidate showdown is seen as a victory for the Democratic establishment over its left wing.

The party’s leftists have experienced several defeats, one in the New York mayoral race, another in the Virginia gubernatorial primary, and one more in the Louisiana House race reports the Star Tribune. 

In this context, Trump’s preponderance is also seen in his party’s hefty fundraising.

They reached $102 million in the bank after raising $82 million in the first half of 2021, which is about the same as Democrats and fellow Republicans combined during the period.

Heading into the 2022 midterm elections, with such a fundraising haul, which Politico called “virtually unprecedented,” is sure to make Democrats very uncomfortable.

Moreover, the amount also means that Trump’s influence will likely be a major factor in the midterm elections that will determine the fate of Biden’s presidency.