Donald Trump, power broker: Primaries show he retains a degree of control over Republicans

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Trump: Primaries show ex-president retains control over Republicans

While former President Donald Trump’s track record in Tuesday’s primaries wasn’t perfect, his influence over races was clear.

Arizona Republican candidate for governor Kari Lake gives a thumbs-up to the crowd as former President Donald Trump speaks at a Save America rally on  July 22, 2022, in Prescott.
  • Donald Trump remains a big force in GOP politics, scoring primary successes in Michigan and Arizona
  • Trump also saw setbacks in Washington state
  • Trump candidates now head into fall elections in which Trump will be an issue
  • The Trump factor could decide control of the U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON – As they have throughout the year, Donald Trump and his allies spent a primary night demonstrating that they remain a powerful force in the Republican Party, with some limits.

As in primaries past, the Trump movement took a few losses, but it also won nominations for many of their partisans and defeated other Republicans who have been critical of the former president.

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