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Trump made 30 endorsements in recent primaries. Here's who won.


In one of his most sweeping endorsement days, Trump backed 19 candidates in Florida alone, the home of his always-in-the-news Mar-a-Lago resort.

Also notable is who he did not endorse in the Sunshine State: Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is gearing up for a potential 2024 run for the presidency that could pit him against Trump, though neither possible candidate has announced official plans yet.

This week, Trump’s endorsements even extended (sarcastically) to Democrats. Trump made posts on Truth Social jumping into the middle of primaries including New York City Democrats Dan Goldman, the lead counsel against Trump during the first impeachment hearings, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), who was chair of the House oversight committee during Trump’s presidency. Both candidates immediately rejected the backing.

Last week, Trump’s preferred candidate in Wyoming, Harriet Hageman, also left easily with an almost 40-point win against Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who earned Trump’s ire for her impeachment vote and leadership on the Jan. 6 committee. Meanwhile, fellow Trump endorsee Sarah Palin is in limbo in Alaska as the state prepares to tabulate votes in its ranked-choice special House election on Aug. 31.

Florida wins

ATTORNEY GENERAL

Ashley Moody


Won unopposed.

Moody is a former Democrat whose family once sued Trump over a condominium dispute. She has become a major voice in high-profile conservative cases in the state since she took office in 2019. She joined the motion brought by Texas attorney General Ken Paxton and others that sought to overturn 2020 election results in four states, which was later shot down by the Supreme Court.

She also served on Trump’s National Law Enforcement Commission as the sole attorney general. In his endorsement, Trump said Moody was “a crusader fighting opioid abuse and human trafficking ever since. Ashley Moody will never let you down.”

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Jimmy Patronis

Won unopposed.

AG COMMISSIONER

Wilton Simpson

Won with 65 percent of the vote.

SENATE

Marco Rubio


Won unopposed.

Rubio seemed to be in political trouble last year with elements of the GOP, but that evaporated when Trump endorsed him last April. He has stopped short of criticizing Trump in the years following their presidential bids against each other in 2016. Rubio declined to vote against 2020 election results, in contrast to fellow Florida GOP Sen. Rick Scott — but nevertheless, Trump called him “a tireless advocate for the people of Florida.”

Rubio will face Democratic Rep. Val Demings in November in a highly watched contest.

FL01

Matt Gaetz

Won with 70 percent of the vote. He voted to overturn 2020 election results.

One of Trump’s strongest supporters in the House, Gaetz helped stall the first impeachment trial against the former president by disrupting committee hearings. Gaetz has also been under investigation for alleged sex trafficking since last year. He previously asked Trump to give preemptive pardons, a common practice for the former president while he was in office, to himself and other congressional politicians. Trump denied having heard such a request.

Gaetz has worked to “fight the never-ending witch hunts from the radical left that are destroying our country,” Trump wrote in his endorsement.

FL02

Neal Dunn

Won unopposed. He voted to overturn 2020 election results.

FL03

Kat Cammack

Won with 85 percent of the vote. She voted to overturn 2020 election results.

FL05

John Rutherford

Won with 66 percent of the vote. He voted to overturn 2020 election results.

FL06

Michael Waltz

Won with 77 percent of the vote.

FL12

Gus Bilirakis

Won with 80 percent of the vote.

Fl13

Anna Paulina Luna

Won with 45 percent of the vote.

FL16

Vern Buchanan

Won with 86 percent of the vote.

FL17

Greg Steube

Won unopposed. He voted to overturn 2020 election results.

FL18

Scott Franklin

Won with 73 percent of the vote. He voted to overturn 2020 election results.

FL19

Byron Donalds


Won with 84 percent of the vote. He voted to overturn 2020 election results.

The freshman congressman has made waves in the House, meeting with the ex-president in New Jersey soon after saying the Congressional Black Caucus excluded him for his conservative views last June. Donalds also hosted Trump and his wife Melania for a Christmas celebration last December.

“Congressman Byron Donalds has been a terrific advocate for the people of Florida and our Country,” Trump said in his endorsement.

FL21

Brian Mast

Won with 78 percent of the vote. He voted to overturn 2020 election results.

FL26

Mario Diaz-Balart

Won with 84 percent of the vote. He voted to overturn 2020 election results.

FL28

Carlos Giménez

Won with 73 percent of the vote. He voted to overturn 2020 election results.

District 12 MIAMI-DADE County Commissioner

Juan Carlos Bermudez

Won with 66 percent of the vote.

New York wins

NY21

Elise Stefanik


Won unopposed. She voted to overturn 2020 election results.

The No. 3 House leader rose quickly, assuming Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s position after Cheney fell out of favor with the House GOP for her stance on Trump. Stefanik said she speaks with Trump multiple times a week, who has called her “one of my killers,” and recently headlined a New York rally with him. Trump also once suggested her as a potential 2028 presidential committee, a position she denied pursuing at the moment.

NY24

Claudia Tenney

Won with 54 percent of the vote.

ICYMI: Wyoming wins on Aug. 16

SECRETARY OF STATE

Chuck Gray

Won with 50 percent of the vote.

Wyoming State Treasurer

Curt Meier

Won with 71 percent of the vote.

AT-LARGE HOUSE DISTRICT

Harriet Hageman


Won with 66 percent of the vote.

Trump selected Hageman to oppose Cheney after the incumbent voted to impeach him and joined the House committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attacks, becoming a top political target ahead of the midterms. Voters soured on Cheney quickly and gave Hageman a decisive win. After her victory, Trump said, “This is a wonderful result for America, and a complete rebuke of the Unselect Committee of political hacks and thugs… Now she can finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion where, I am sure, she will be much happier than she is right now.”

ICYMI: Alaska wins on Aug. 16

Governor

Mike Dunleavy

Advanced with 42 percent of the vote.

Senate

Kelly Tshibaka

Advanced with 40 percent of the vote.

AT-LARGE HOUSE DISTRICT

Sarah Palin


Advanced with 32 percent of the vote.

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