Something is happening in the nation’s late-season primary races that is raising some serious questions about November.
President Donald Trump, who had long gone undefeated in terms of his primary election picks, suffered a loss this week when Lauren Boebert defeated Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO) in Colorado’s 3rd Congressional district, as Breitbart reported.
Trump-backed candidate defeated
It was only a few weeks ago when the Trump campaign was boasting that none of the primary candidates backed by the president had yet to lose, but since then, he has been dealt three defeats.
First, Republican Rep. Denver Riggleman of Virginia was defeated by political outsider Bob Good, and then Lynda Bennet was ousted by 24-year-old Madison Cawthorn in North Carolina.
This time around, conservative bar proprietor and gun-rights activist Boebert took down a five-term member of the House who had garnered Trump’s formal support.
Each of the losing candidates, however, were seen by some as questionable recipients of the president’s endorsement, as Breitbart noted.
Boebert’s reputation as a local entrepreneur and strong supporter of the Second Amendment gave her a clear leg up even on the incumbent Tipton, whom Bobert blasted as a back-bench congressman who did not demonstrate his claimed conservative bona fides while serving in Washington.
Bennet, for her part, reportedly professed to be a never-Trumper in 2016, yet the president still backed her instead of Cawthorn, a self-professed Trump supporter who also vowed to never cower to big-money interests.
Good won his election by staking out a strong stance on immigration, yet the president went with his incumbent opponent instead.
No harm done?
While the mainstream media establishment will surely attempt to paint these outcomes as a referendum on Trump given that he endorsed the losing candidates, the fact is that these results should be assigned little or no predictive value when it comes to the general election this fall.
Draining the D.C. swamp has always been — and still remains — one of Trump’s primary objectives, and this new wave of young Republicans could be precisely the injection of enthusiasm that initiative needs, particularly given that none of the winning candidates appear to stand in opposition to any of the president’s other signature priorities.
While on the surface, it certainly appears that Trump took it on the chin in all three of these primaries, in all likelihood, he suffered no appreciable damage at all.