How Donald Trump's Candidates Fared in Latest Primary Elections

Former President Donald Trump entered primary season on a high after his highly sought endorsement catapulted J. D. Vance from third place to a win in Ohio's Senate contest.

"I'm the king of endorsements," he boasted to The Washington Post last month. And while no longer perfect, his record shows he still has sway over Republican voters 18 months after losing the presidency.

Of the 27 candidates Trump backed in Tuesday night's contests, 23 have prevailed. The former president's backing was not enough to catapult a few notable candidates over the line—including North Carolina congressman Madison Cawthorn. Meanwhile, a hotly contested race in Pennsylvania where Trump has backed celebrity heart surgeon Mehmet Oz remains too close to call.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center on May 14, 2022 in Austin, Texas. Brandon Bell/Getty Images

Here's how some notable Trump-backed candidates fared in the May 17 contests:

Madison Cawthorn

Trump urging voters to "give Madison a second chance!" wasn't enough to secure a victory for Rep. Madison Cawthorn, the youngest member of Congress.

Cawthorn, 26, was ousted by state Sen. Chuck Edwards after angering Republican leadership with a series of scandals, most notably by alleging that Republican colleagues in Washington had invited him to cocaine-fueled orgies.

Doug Mastriano

Trump's candidate, Pennsylvania state Senator Doug Mastriano, easily won the GOP nomination in the state's race for governor, but Mastriano was the frontrunner in the race before Trump's endorsement last week.

Trump backed Mastriano just days before the contest, picking a candidate who who has loudly amplified his baseless claims about massive voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Mastriano was outside the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, when a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building in a bid to disrupt the certification of Joe Biden's victory. He will face Democrat Josh Shapiro, the state's attorney general, in the November general election.

Janice McGeachin

Trump pick Janice McGeachin failed to defeat Idaho Gov. Brad Little in the state's primary.

McGeachin, the state's lieutenant governor, made headlines after she issued a ban on mask mandates when Little briefly left the state. The initial tally showed McGeachin had garnered less than 30 percent of the vote in Idaho, which holds separate primaries for governor and lieutenant governor.

Ted Budd

Ted Budd, a little-known congressman from North Carolina who secured Trump's endorsement, won the state's Republican Senate nomination for a seat being vacated by retiring Richard Burr.

Budd beat a crowded field of candidates that included the state's former governor, Pat McCrory. He will face Democratic former state Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, who is looking to become the state's first Black senator.

Bo Hines

Trump-backed political novice Bo Hines won the primary race to represent North Carolina's 13th congressional district.

Hines, a 26-year-old former college football player, beat out a crowded field of rivals with Trump's endorsement after facing criticism for filing to run in two other districts before settling on a run in the 13th.

Mehmet Oz

The race in Pennsylvania's closely watched contest remains too close to call.

Trump pick Oz maintains a very narrow lead in the race, with former hedge fund executive Dave McCormick in second place. With 94 percent of the expected vote reported, Oz was ahead of McCormick by just over 2,000 ballots out of more than 1.3 million counted, according to The New York Times.

The winner will face John Fetterman, Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor, who won the Democratic nomination on the same day he had a pacemaker fitted after suffering a stroke last week.