Former President Donald Trump made endorsements in two key races Thursday, backing Republican Blake Masters, who runs billionaire Peter Thiel’s investment firm and foundation, for Senate in Arizona, and endorsing businessman Tim Michels in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race.
Masters, a Tucson native, has made at least two trips to Mar-A-Lago in the last year, per NBC News’ Vaughn Hillyard, and he’s repeatedly echoed Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. The endorsement also further ties Trump to Thiel, who backed author JD Vance in Ohio’s Senate race. Just like in the Ohio race, Thiel has also sunk millions into a super PAC to boost Masters.
Of note, Trump’s Arizona endorsement included a broadside against Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who is also running for Senate, for not sufficiently contesting the election.
Trump also backed Michels for governor over a field that includes former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, whom many establishment Republicans see as the candidate who would give Democratic Gov. Tony Evers the toughest general election fight.
Elsewhere on the campaign trail…
AL-SEN: Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst backed Alabama Republican Katie Britt in her Senate runoff.
NC-SEN: Local television stations have pulled an NRSC ad that attacks Democrat Cheri Beasley’s judicial record after Democrats said the ad was inaccurate. The NRSC is pushing back on the decision and the stations said they would review the group’s claims.
WA-SEN: Democratic Sen. Patty Murray is up with her first ad ,in which she speaks to workers about lowering costs and her promise to them and middle class families first.
AZ-GOV: Trump stars in a new ad for his endorsed candidate, former journalist Kari Lake.
KS-GOV: The Republican Governors Association spending $330,000 on ads in the gubernatorial race over the next week.
CA-22: The GOP-aligned Congressional Leadership fund is dropping $284,000 as Republican Rep. David Valadao, who voted to impeach Trump after Jan. 6, looks to survive in next week’s top-two primary.
WY-AL: Republican Rep. Liz Cheney is adding another $190,000 to her ad reservations after launching her first TV ad yesterday.
FL-Redistricting: Florida’s Supreme Court ensured that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ favored congressional maps will stay in place for the midterm elections by declining to weigh in on the matter.