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Here's Who Donald Trump Has Endorsed in Next Week's Primary Elections

Newsweek logo Newsweek 5/22/2022 Khaleda Rahman
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on May 14, 2022 in Austin, Texas. © Getty Images/Brandon Bell Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on May 14, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

Donald Trump has so far maintained a fairly impressive endorsement record in Republican primaries ahead of the 2022 midterms.

But as data compiled by Newsweek has shown, many of the candidates backed by the former president have been incumbents who rarely loses primaries.

And there have been some notable losses by Trump-backed candidates—including North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn, who was ousted in a recent primary following a string of scandals despite Trump imploring voters to "give Madison a second chance!"

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Trump's clout will once again be tested in hotly contested upcoming primary contests.

Here's who the former president has endorsed in Republican primary elections being held on May 24:

Alabama

GOP Rep. Mo Brooks won, then lost Trump's endorsement for the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Sen. Richard Shelby. Candidates Katie Boyd Britt and Mike Durant have courted Trump's endorsement, but he has yet to back another candidate in the Alabama race.

Arkansas

Trump has endorsed his former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, saying she would do "a fantastic job" as Arkansas' next governor.

He has also backed the re-election bids of Sen. John Boozman and Rep. Rick Crawford, and endorsed Arkansas' lieutenant governor Tim Griffin for attorney general.

Georgia

Trump is backing former Sen. David Perdue, who he recruited to enter Georgia's gubernatorial race in a bid to oust Gov. Brian Kemp.

In the race for Secretary of State, Trump has backed Rep. Jody Hice, who is challenging Republican incumbent Brad Raffensperger.

Kemp and Raffensperger both drew the former president's ire for failing to go along with his efforts to overturn the state's 2020 election result.

At the House level, Trump has endorsed Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde. He has also backed Vernon Jones in the crowded Republican primary to fill the seat being vacated by Hice in the state's 10th congressional district, and and Jake Evans in the state's 6th congressional district.

Trump has also endorsed former NFL star Herschel Walker who is seeking to unseat Raphael Warnock in the U.S Senate.

Texas

Trump has backed Ken Paxton in his bid for a third-term as Texas attorney general. Paxton, who has been under the cloud of an FBI investigation into claims he abused his office to benefit a wealthy donor and is also awaiting trial on state securities fraud charges, faces a run-off election against Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush on May 24 after failing to reach the 50 percent threshold in a primary contest earlier this year.

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