GOP candidates go all out to capture electoral energy awakened by Trump
Josh Mandel is talking about former President Donald Trump in the same breath as God in his bid for the Senate.
The former state treasurer sent a fundraising email to supporters this week with the subject line: “Trump first, God first, America first.”
“My question is simple: can I count on you to get candidates to Washington who will put Trump’s agenda first, put God first, and put America first?” Mr. Mandel said in the email.
Mr. Mandel is among a herd of GOP candidates running in primary races across the country that are scrambling to showcase their fealty to Mr. Trump and his MAGA movement.
Shannon Burns, president of the Strongsville GOP, said candidates recognize that Mr. Trump‘s style and message resonated with a broad swath of voters — including those who felt alienated by the political system.
“Everyone sees it as loyalty to Trump and maybe in a simplistic way you could think of it that way, but what has happened in a state like Ohio, which used to be blue or purple, and is now deep red, is that President Trump awakened something in voters that these candidates are trying to tap into,” Mr. Burns said.
“You had all these individuals who were awakened to what is wrong with America and finally believed there was someone who could fix it,” he said. “These candidates want others to believe in them as the voters believed in Trump.”