Former President Donald J. Trump has endorsed more than 180 candidates for office in the 2022 midterm elections. Many are running unapposed or face little-known, poorly funded opponents.
But in a number of contested races, Mr. Trump’s record has been mixed.
Mr. Trump’s endorsement helped propel a candidate to victory in Ohio’s Senate primary, the first major test of his sway with party voters since leaving office. Then he notched wins in North Carolina and West Virginia — and Pennsylvania, after a nail-bitingly close recount. In Georgia, however, several of his candidates were resoundingly defeated in their quests to unseat incumbents.
Here is a look at Mr. Trump’s endorsement record in some of the most closely watched races.
In Georgia, several losses, and one victory
Mr. Trump’s grip on his party showed signs of easing in Georgia.
Gov. Brian Kemp easily defeated former Senator David Perdue, Mr. Trump’s handpicked candidate, in the Republican primary for governor. Mr. Kemp was a Trump target after he refused to overturn the president’s re-election loss there in 2020. He will face the Democratic nominee, Stacey Abrams, whom he narrowly defeated four years ago.
Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who refused Mr. Trump’s demand that he “find” additional votes after his 2020 loss, defeated a Trump-backed challenger, Representative Jody Hice, in the Republican primary. Mr. Raffensperger got more than 52 percent of the vote, enough to avoid a runoff against Mr. Hice, who had made the 2020 election results the cornerstone of his campaign.
In the Republican primary for an open seat in Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District, the Trump-backed candidate, Jake Evansqualified for to June 21 runoff, though he was a distant second to the top vote-getter, Rich McCormick, who narrowly lost a congressional race in the area two years ago.
The former professional football star Herschel-Walker, whom Mr. Trump endorsed, dominated the crowded Republican primary for Senate. Though Mr. Walker won big, with more than 68 percent of the vote, Mr. Trump’s role was somewhat less clear. Mr. Walker will face Senator Raphael Warnock, a Democrat and prolific fund-raiser, in the general election.
Victories in Pennsylvania
Doug Mastriano, a state senator and retired Army colonel who has propagated myriad false claims about the 2020 election and attended the protest leading up to the Capitol riot, won the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor. Mr. Trump endorsed him just a few days before the May 17 primary.
After a close race that prompted a recount, Dr Mehmet OzMr Trump’s Choice, won the state’s critical Republican Senate primarynarrowly defeating Dave McCormick.
Two wins and a loss in North Carolina
Representative Ted Buddwho was endorsed by Mr. Trump and the influential anti-tax group Club for Growth, won the Republican nomination for Senate, and Bo Hinesto 26-year-old political novice who enthralled Mr. Trumpwas catapulted to victory in his Republican primary for a House seat outside Raleigh.
But Representative Madison Cawthorn crumbled under the weight of repeated scandals and blunders. He was ousted in his May 17 primary, a stinging rejection of a Trump-endorsed candidate. Voters chose Chuck Edwards, a state senator, in the crowded primary.
Victories in Ohio
Senate candidate J. D. Vance won his hard-fought primary over a field of well-funded candidates, nearly all of whom pitched themselves as Trump-like Republicans. Mr. Vance, an author and venture capitalist, had transformed himself from a self-described “never Trump guy” in 2016 to an “America First” candidate in 2022. His long-shot campaign financially benefited from heavy spending by his former boss Peter Thiel, a billionaire founder of PayPal.
Max Millera former Trump aide who denied assault allegations from an ex-girlfriend and was later endorsed by Mr. Trump, won his House primary after two other Republican incumbents there opted not to run. Representative Anthony Gonzalez, who had voted to impeach Mr. Trump, retired after just two terms. Representative Bob Gibbs, a Trump supporter, dropped out after his district was redrawn late in the campaign, pitting him against Mr. Miller.
Mr Trump also endorsed Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, a lawyer and former beauty queen who had been a surrogate for his presidential campaign. She won a seven-way primary for an open congressional seat being vacated by Representative Tim Ryan, a Democrat running for Senate.
A win in West Virginia
In an incumbent-on-incumbent House primary, Representative Alex Mooney prevailed over Representative David McKinley in a newly drawn congressional district that largely overlaps with the one Mr. McKinley represented for more than a decade.
Mr. Trump’s endorsement was seen as the decisive factor in the race, in which Mr. Mooney attacked Mr. McKinley for supporting President Biden’s infrastructure spending agenda, and for voting to create the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of Mr Trump.
A loss in Nebraska
Charles W Herbstera wealthy agribusiness executive, lost his three-way primary to Jim Pillen, a University of Nebraska regent who was supported by Gov. Pete Ricketts, who had long clashed with Trump and is term-limited.
Mr. Herbster had yoked his identity to Mr. Trump’s, styling himself as a brash political outsider taking on the “swamp” of Lincoln, the state’s capital. Mr. Trump endorsed Mr. Herbster, a longtime financial supporter, last year. Late in the campaign, Mr. Herbster was accused of groping several women. Mr. Herbster denied the accusations, saying they were orchestrated by his political rivals. Mr. Trump then held a rally for him.
And another loss in Idaho
Gov. Brad Little of Idaho overcame Mr. Trump’s endorsement of the state’s lieutenant governor, Janice McGeachinwho was challenging him in the Republican primary.
Ms. McGeachin, who made headlines for defying Mr. Little’s pandemic ordershad sought to win over ultraconservatives in the deep-red state that Mr. Trump overwhelmingly carried in 2016 and 2020. But she appeared to muster less than 30 percent of the vote in Idaho, which holds separate primaries for governor and lieutenant governor — the genesis of the strained pairing.