Trump’s Support Reportedly Dwindling And Republicans Should Start Worrying

He's done.

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In a devasting hit to Donald Trump’s hold on the GOP, North Texas voters chose Republican state Rep. Jake Ellzey to fill a vacant House seat over a candidate endorsed by the former president. Meaning that Trump’s endorsement doesn’t hold a lot of weight anymore. Politico reports that “Ellzey beat fellow Republican Susan Wright, the widow of former Rep. Ron Wright, 53 percent to 47 percent when the Associated Press called the low-turnout, Republican-vs.-Republican runoff.”

As the outlet notes, “Wright leaned heavily on her backing from the former president, who often plays kingmaker in Republican primaries.”

There was mounting pressure against Ellzey from the right.


The Club for Growth, the national anti-tax group, spent as much as six figures to try to stop Ellzey ahead of the May 1 contest, the Texas Tribune reports. And after the twice-impeached one-term president endorsed Wright, U.S. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz voiced opposition to Ellzey.

CNN’s Manu Raju weighed in on just how bad this is for Trump.

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Trump has sought to keep an iron grip on the Republican party. In turn, the GOP has been more than happy to cave to the narcissistic, girdled, former president that wears lifts to appear taller, even though he cost them the House, the Senate, and the White House. And even after Trump incited the Jan. 6 deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, most Republicans have remained loyal to the former president. Then, they turned their backs on the two Republicans with a spine that joined the Jan. 6 committee with Democrats to determine how that deadly attack occurred. Trump loyalists deserve a reckoning, and it sounds like it’s coming. And it started with Ellzey’s victory.

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