Trump pushes Mike Carey to win Ohio special primary in test of influence
Former President Donald Trump's preferred candidate Mike Carey won the Republican primary nomination for the 15th special election on Tuesday.
The result is a victory for the former president, who questioned the power of his support after supporting a losing candidate in a special election in Texas last week.
Acting Republican MP Steve Stivers, who was elected to the seat in 2010, resigned earlier this year to head the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. The rural district south of Columbus is reliably Republican, with Trump gaining voters there by 14% in 2020, according to Daily Kos Elections. Carey is likely to win the November 2nd general election.
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The open elections sparked a crowded race with 11 candidates on the Republican side. But the low turnout in primaries for special elections made the races unpredictable.
Trump backed Carey, who never held an elected office and referred to himself as a "conservative outsider" but was labeled by critics as the kind of swampy creature that Trump claims to oppose. Carey, a former Army National Guard officer, later became an energy lobbyist and served as vice president of government affairs for coal company Murray Energy for eight years.
The area code is an important test of Trump's influence over Republican voters. Last week, Trump assisted in the Texas Sixth Congressional Special Election to replace Republican MP Ron Wright, widow of the late Congressman Susan Wright. Your opponent, now rep. Jake Ellzey won the runoff election and questioned the power of Trump's support.
Carey raised more than $ 460,000 as of July 14, and Pro-Trump PAC MAGA Action spent more than $ 300,000 on radio and television advertising to support him, according to advertising firm Medium Buying.
But his competitors also had financial backing. Conservative Outsiders PAC spent more than $ 200,000 on ads attacking Carey. Ohio State Senator Bob Peterson, who had collected a number of local endorsements, raised nearly $ 556,000 by July 14.
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Stivers backed State Representative Jeff LaRe to replace him and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul backed former State Representative Ron Hood. Protect Freedom PAC, which is affiliated with Paul's allies, spent more than $ 678,357 in support of Hood. Another candidate, Tom Hwang, funded his campaign with more than $ 575,000 in credit.
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Original Author: Emily Brooks
Original setting: Trump urges Mike Carey to win the Ohio Special Primary in Test of Influence
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