The endless stream of party fund-raising messages that use Mr Trump’s name – and sometimes seem like the money goes to him – is evidence of his pull with smaller donors. Polls also show that most Republican voters value his support. “His clout in the party at the grassroots voter level is unprecedented,” said Mr Stone, a longtime Trump adviser.
Fully aware of this, Mr. Trump has also claimed dominance over Republican congressional leaders.
In the House, McCarthy, who hopes to become speaker after midterm, has tried to sideline Trump in some primaries, lobbying, for example, to prevent him from endorsing Representative Mary Miller of Illinois. He was drafted for the same district as Representative Rodney Davis. Mr Trump supported him anyway.
“McCarthy’s legitimate fear is that the majority will be won, but 10 members of the House will hang together and say, ‘We’re not going to vote for you or whatever you want,'” Mr. Stone said. He said Mr Trump would need to narrow those votes.
In the Senate, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has not spoken to Mr. Trump since leaving the White House, but he also accepted Mr. Trump to endorse Herschel Walker for the Senate in Georgia, despite some initial misgivings. . from his team,
Trump’s rule as party boss is finding signs that his grip is slipping, and several potential 2024 rivals – Mike Pence, Ron DeSantis, Chris Christie, Tom Cotton – have been publicly confronted with Trump. It’s too late to disagree. As they check for possible openings.
The race in which Mr Trump endorses a candidate will be studied for any reduction in his power. But the fact is that many of the people he opposes in the primaries are still running as Trump Republicans. Unless he refuses to run again in 2024 or is defeated, the end date of his dominance remains visible to some.