Recent polling results and the reception to former President Donald Trump’s recent speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference leave little doubt that he maintains significant sway in the GOP ahead of next year’s midterm elections.
As such, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) appears to be in a good position for re-election after securing Trump’s endorsement.
“Works tirelessly for the people of his great state”
The ex-president issued a statement calling it his “great honor” to put his name behind the South Carolina Republican’s bid for another term in the Senate.
From his post-presidential office at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida, Trump’s official statement came on Tuesday, marking his first Senate endorsement ahead of the 2022 midterms as the GOP fights to reclaim a majority in one, if not both, congressional chambers.
“He is both an outstanding Senator and person who works tirelessly for the people of his great state, and the USA,” Trump wrote.
The 45th president went on to describe Scott as a defender of the military, police, and the right to bear arms.
Trump added: “Tim will do an OUTSTANDING job for our country!”
Trump weighs in on other midterm races
Of course, Trump and Scott did not see eye to eye on all issues. The latter notably took issue with the former president’s rhetoric on race-related matters.
Nevertheless, the senator overwhelmingly voted in favor of Trump’s policies and ideas throughout his first term in office.
Scott has already announced that, if he wins re-election, his second term would be his last in the upper chamber. So far, he is facing few serious threats from either fellow Republicans in the primary or Democrats in the general election and is widely expected to sail through to another six-year term — especially with Trump’s endorsement.
Trump has vowed to play an active role in the upcoming election season, including by taking aim at Republicans who voted to impeach him or otherwise worked to stymie his administration.
He has already endorsed former White House aide Max Miller in his primary challenge against Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-OH), one of 10 GOP lawmakers who voted in favor of impeaching Trump in connection with the deadly riot at the Capitol building earlier this year.