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Trump touts ‘big night’ for his candidates, claims Dr Oz won – but doesn’t mention Cawthorn loss 

Trump has made a significant mark on this year’s Republican primaries by endorsing dozens of candidates for state and local office

Donald Trump is celebrating a ‘big night’ for the candidates he backed in Tuesday’s primary elections – while seemingly ignoring the fact that one of his closest allies in Congress, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, was handed a devastating loss.

In a Wednesday morning Truth Social post, the former president lauded Pennsylvania Republican primary candidates Dr. Mehmet Oz and Doug Mastriano, while also congratulating North Carolina‘s Rep. Ted Budd for winning his Senate primary race.

However, no word on the 26-year-old firebrand Republican who Trump had endorsed twice, including imploring voters on Monday to give Cawthorn a ‘second chance’ despite the litany of scandals he’s faced in recent weeks.

‘A big night for Trump Endorsed candidates last night. Dr Oz looks to have own despite the fact that my endorsement was put out after many mail-in ballots had already been sent,’ Trump wrote on his social media platform.

‘It’s called a come from behind victory. Looks to be, over last few week(sp), about 85 and 3.’

Trump was likely referencing three candidates who failed to clinch a win despite his backing – which would include Cawthorn.

‘Big victory for Ted Budd, Doug Mastriano, all of Arkansas, etc. Big races next week!’ the ex-president concluded. 

He reasserted his confidence in an Oz victory in Pennsylvania’s Republican Senate primary. As of Wednesday morning, however, the race is still too close to call.

The famed TV doctor is in a near-tie with former hedge fund manager David McCormick, separated by less than 3,000 votes and more than 90 percent of ballots counted.

Two of Trump's highest profile endorsements failed to dominate like the ex-president hoped they would. Dr. Mehmet Oz is likely headed to a runoff election in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary

And Rep. Madison Cawthorn narrowly lost re-election

Two of Trump’s highest profile endorsements failed to dominate like the ex-president hoped they would. Dr. Mehmet Oz (left) is likely headed to a runoff election in the Pennsylvania GOP Senate primary while Rep. Madison Cawthorn narrowly lost re-election

That race could go to a recount between the two candidates with Kathy Barnette, a pro-Trump conservative military veteran, trailing slightly behind after a last-minute surge in the polls.

Partially behind her meteoric rise in such a short span of time is the right-wing Club for Growth, a political organization that pumped millions of dollars into Barnette’s primary bid just before Election Day.

Taking aim at Barnette, Trump wrote on Truth Social: ‘The Club for Growth Candidate, who lost, took many votes away from Oz.’

‘Also, early Mail-In Ballots were sent without my having endorsed yet. Despite all of this, Oz won!’ 

Trump fared better in Pennsylvania’s Republican gubernatorial primary, where state Senator Mastriano scored a decisive victory over his opponents.

Mastriano, who was in Washington, DC on January 6 last year and has repeatedly cast doubt on the 2020 presidential election, will now face Pennsylvania’s Democrat Attorney General Josh Shapiro in November’s midterm election.

In North Carolina, the ex-president plucked a relatively unknown congressman from obscurity to run in the Senate primary to replace retiring GOP Senator Richard Burr.

Trump touted his primary victories and reaffirmed his confidence that Dr. Oz will win the Senate GOP race in Pennsylvania

Trump touted his primary victories and reaffirmed his confidence that Dr. Oz will win the Senate GOP race in Pennsylvania 

Budd secured an early win in his race, defeating the Tar Heel State’s ex-Governor Pat McCrory despite trailing him in early polls. 

Trump’s endorsement also managed to push former college football player Bo Hines to victory in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District. 

A 26-year-old political novice, Hines has often been compared to Cawthorn.

But the scandal-plagued congressman fell short of the necessary votes to keep representing the nearby 11th Congressional District and conceded to state Senator Chuck Edwards late on Tuesday night. 

‘Congratulations to [Chuck Edwards] on securing the nomination tonight,’ Cawthorn wrote on Twitter.

‘It’s time for the NC-11 GOP to rally behind the Republican ticket to defeat the Democrats’ nominee this November.’ 

Edwards said Cawthorn was ‘humble’ and ‘classy’ in his concession call, according to CNN.

‘I received a call from Congressman Cawthorn just a few of minutes ago. Just as I expected, he presented himself in a very classy and humble way and offered his support to our campaign in absolutely anyway that we can use him,’ Edwards told reporters.


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