With or Without Trump, Tuesday’s Primaries Portend a MAGA Year Ahead

Published May 4, 2022

Washington Post

The message from Tuesday’s primaries in Ohio and Indiana: It’s looking to be a good year for populist conservatives and the Republican Party, and a bad one for Democrats and the GOP old guard.

There was an unmistakable populist trend in the Republican races. In Ohio, U.S. Senate nominee J.D. Vance’s surprisingly large victory was just the vanguard of this army. Two Trump-endorsed congressional candidates, Max Miller and Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, won their primaries on “America First” themes, and candidates that former president Donald Trump did not endorse ran and won on these themes, too.

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Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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.

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