- Trump has made his endorsements a cornerstone of his post-presidential life.
- Tonight, his hand-picked candidates are running in some of the most closely-contested races.
- Mehmet Oz, Herschel Walker, Kari Lake, and John Gibbs are some of the hopefuls to watch.
Donald Trump ensured he was on the ballot Tuesday night even if all he could do was wait for the election results like everyone else.
The legally challenged, twice-impeached former president has put great effort into continuing to rebrand the Republican Party while in his Mar-a-Lago home. He made more than 250 general election endorsements, according to Ballotpedia. Many of his endorsees have echoed his lies that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
Top Trump endorsees, former reality TV star Mehmet Oz and author JD Vance, could help Republicans hang onto two Senate seats in Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. Trump also weakened nominees in key races like Colorado’s Joe O’Dea, one of the few candidates in a significant Senate contest to win without the former president’s blessing. His ire also reportedly chased away sitting governors from challenging Democratic Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire.
Trump’s picks could become eager allies for a man seeking to join Grover Cleveland as the only former president to reclaim the White House. He is expected to formally announce his candidacy soon after the election.
Here are some of his most high-profile endorsees in alphabetical order.