Trump has enjoyed a series of major victories over the past several weeks in different primary elections, as his endorsements have achieved various wins in high stakes races.
However, one of Trump’s greatest victories occurred in the Michigan primary, wherein his endorsement managed to topple incumbent Republican Representative, Peter Meijer in the 3rd District race.
John Gibbs, who previously served under Trump in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), stunned with his victory over Meijer, achieving a 53 to 47 percent triumph.
Interestingly, Meijer had voted in favor of Trump’s impeachment, and he is not the only Republican to have voted in favor of impeaching Trump to have lost his reelection bid.
The decision to vote in favor of impeaching Trump negatively affected his reelection prospects, with up to 40 percent of Republican votes indicating that they wanted a new congressman in the wake of Meijer’s decision.
Even more impressively, Gibbs had virtually no recognition, especially relative to Meijer, yet he was still able to defeat the freshman representative.
In the state of Michigan, voters have the opportunity to choose which primary they want to participate in as the state has no party registration.
During the final two weeks before the election, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) released a series of attack ads regarding Gibbs, claiming that he was “handpicked by Trump” and “too conservative,” both of which were intended to dissuade voters from choosing him, in particular the former comment.
However, Gibbs prevailed regardless of the efforts to undermine his campaign, underscoring the extent to which Trump’s influence remains significant in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections.
While the former president has not formally announced a 2024 bid, he has teased a bid multiple times, saying that people will be “very happy” with his decision.