Mark Meadows Touts Donald Trump's Endorsement Power Despite Texas Candidate Defeat

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has said former President Donald Trump's endorsement is still powerful despite the recent defeat of a House candidate he publicly supported.

Meadows, who was Trump's chief of staff between 2020 and 2021, spoke to Newsmax' Cortes & Pellegrino on Friday about the influence Trump's endorsement still has.

His comments come after a candidate Trump endorsed, Susan Wright, lost a special election to fill a vacant seat in the House of Representatives on Tuesday to another Republican, Jake Ellzey.

Steve Cortes asked Meadows about the election and suggested that it was "win either way" since Trump had described both candidates as "America first people."

Meadows said: "Well the reality was there wasn't supposed to be two Republicans in this special election."

"Special elections are tough.

"You get low voter turnout, you get all kinds of Democrats in Texas crossing over.

"But the fact of the matter remains - President Trump's endorsement not only has power but it has unbelievable power perhaps at historic levels."

Meadows mentioned internal polls showing Trump with very high popularity in Texas and Arizona, adding: "The magic is still there."

He went on to talk about the work the Trump team is doing with regard to upcoming elections, including in 2022 and 2024.

He described Trump as "fully engaged, highly focused and remaining on task."

Meadows' defense of Trump's endorsement comes ahead of a Republican primary in Ohio's 15th district on Tuesday where the former president has thrown his support behind former coal lobbyist Mike Carey.

Carey is competing to run as the GOP candidate in a special election occasioned by the resignation of Republican Representative Steve Stivers. The district leans Republican but Carey faces a crowded field and faces a strong rival in Ron Hood, a former state lawmaker who is backed by Senator Rand Paul (R-KY).

The Trump-aligned Make America Great Again Action Political Action Committee (PAC) has bought $348,081 in advertising for the Ohio primary race, CNBC reported. The purchase was reportedly made on Tuesday—the same day Wright lost the special election in Texas' 6th congressional district.

The former president has repeatedly touted the importance of his endorsement and publicly backed several candidates but Wright's defeat this week raised questions about his influence.

Mark McKinnon, a former adviser to the late Senator John McCain, told MSNBC on Tuesday: "This was a, sort of, 'man who would be king' moment. We see the mortal scratch and then he bleeds. Well, Donald Trump bled tonight in Texas and that sends a big signal to lots of Republicans everywhere that he's not bulletproof anymore and maybe the pendulum is starting to swing."

Newsweek has asked former President Trump's office for comment.

Donald Trump Appears with Mark Meadows
Former President Donald Trump speaks as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (R) listens prior to Trump's Marine One departure from the South Lawn of the White House July 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. Meadows has said Trump's endorsement still has "power." Alex Wong/Getty Images