Published August 10, 2022
Donald Trump has had a remarkable run of success in the Republican primaries lately, including a big upset win in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race on Tuesday. The question now isn’t whether the former president is the most significant force within the Republican Party; he clearly is. It’s whether his candidates can win swing states and districts in the fall.
Trump looked like he was on the ropes earlier this year. His early prominent endorsees, such as Sean Parnell in Pennsylvania and Mo Brooks in Alabama, faltered. Others were struggling to raise money, and his high-profile attempt to take down his arch nemesis, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, lost steam. It looked like Trump’s hold over the GOP was finally beginning to fade.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.