High-profile candidates endorsed by Trump lost their primaries, showing the limits of his power over the party

Republican US Senate candidate from Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehmet Oz, joins former President Donald Trump on stage during a rally in support of his campaign at the Westmoreland County Fairgrounds on May 6, 2022 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.
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Tuesday's GOP primaries were major tests of Donald Trump's supporting power.
On paper, Trump emerged victorious, with most of the 26 candidates he supported winning.
However, many ran unopposed and high-profile allies were defeated.
Donald Trump has used the power of his support to retain his control of the GOP, and one of the first serious tests of his power came in Tuesday's Republican primary.
The results were mixed, but several high-profile Trump allies collapsed in defeat.
Most of the 26 Trump-backed candidates in Tuesday's election ran in secure seats, meaning the paper results confirmed the former president's supporting power.
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But in other competitive races, results have been less positive for Trump.
In North Carolina, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who built his political career by being one of Trump's most ardent supporters of Congress, lost the primary to seek re-election. Cawthorn has been mired in controversy in recent weeks. After claiming he had been invited to drug-fuelled orgies by members of Congress, a series of damaging leaks about his private life and political blunders have eroded his support.
In Idaho, Trump-backed Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin was defeated in her bid to unseat current Governor Brad Little. McGeachin has backed Trump's false allegations of voter fraud and built her political reputation by opposing measures to control the coronavirus, which she clashed with Little over.
And in Pennsylvania, Trump-backed TV star Dr. Oz in a dead heat with rival David McCormick in a race shaken by a late surge in political newcomer Kathy Barnette. dr Oz has based his campaign on his proximity to Trump.
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There were also notable successes for the candidates supported by Trump on Tuesday.
Also in Pennsylvania, Trump-backed gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano, a fervent supporter of Trump's unsubstantiated claims that victory in the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, won the primary. Politico reported that GOP critics fear Mastriano's views may be too extreme for many voters, and he faces an uphill battle against Democrat Josh Shapiro.
In North Carolina, Trump-backed candidate Ted Budd has won the US Senate primary and will face Cheri Beasley, the first black woman to serve as Chief Justice of the state, in what is expected to be a hard-fought race.
In March, Insider reported that candidates looking to run in the midterm elections have been vocal in demanding the former president's endorsement and negotiated a series of challenges to secure it. Despite Trump's scandalous resignation after the Jan. 6 riot, he is idolized by the GOP grassroots.
But critics of the Republicans believe Trump's fixation on candidates who back his allegations of voter fraud could hurt them in the medium term and anger moderate supporters.
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