Trump endorses former Rep. Mike Rogers in Michigan's GOP Senate primary

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Former President Donald Trump waded into different battleground Senate title Monday, endorsing erstwhile Rep. Mike Rogers, a one-time Trump critic, successful Michigan’s crowded Republican primary.

“He will tirelessly conflict to Secure nan Border, Stop Inflation, Grow nan Economy, Strengthen our Military / Veteran Support, and Protect and Defend our ever nether siege Second Amendment,” Trump wrote successful a station connected Truth Social. “Mike Rogers will beryllium a Great and Powerful Senator for Michigan, and has my Complete and Total Endorsement.”

Rogers has emerged arsenic a front-runner successful nan August superior for nan spot held by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat who is not seeking re-election this year. The National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee has endorsed Rogers, and his chances improved aft erstwhile Detroit constabulary main James Craig dropped retired of nan GOP race past month.

“Thank you, Mr. President!” Rogers posted connected X. “Excited to get to activity pinch you to Get America and Michigan Back connected Track!”

A Trump-Rogers confederation would person seemed improbable a twelvemonth ago. Rogers, who had been retired of authorities since 2015, had been exploring a long-shot Republican statesmanlike bid.

“Trump’s clip has passed, but we still want to speak to group who are disappointment pinch wherever America is going,” Rogers told The Washington Post successful November 2022.

And successful a January 2023 question and reply pinch NBC News, Rogers questioned whether Trumpism was a successful look for Michigan Republicans aft monolithic midterm losses.

“Remember ‘The Gong Show?’” Rogers asked, referring to a precocious ‘70s televised talent show wherever losers were voted disconnected by nan sound of a gong. “I deliberation we sewage a double gong.”

Rogers’ title successful nan Senate superior features 2 erstwhile congressmen who voted to impeach Trump — Justin Amash and Peter Meijer. Also moving are Nikki Snyder, a authorities Board of Education member, and businessman Sandy Pensler, who lost to Trump-endorsed John James successful Michigan's 2018 GOP Senate primary. James mislaid to Stabenow that fall, but he won a House spot successful 2022.

“The chaotic Senate superior is getting moreover nastier arsenic Trump pours gasoline connected nan fire,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes said successful a connection responding to Trump's endorsement.

Stabenow's status and Michigan's swing-status successful caller statesmanlike elections is expected to make for a competitory Senate title this fall. Rep. Elissa Slotkin has emerged arsenic nan front-runner connected nan Democratic side.

Trump has endorsed successful respective different apical Senate races this year, including Ohio, wherever his preferred candidate, Bernie Moreno, is trying to fend disconnected 2 rivals successful that state's March 19 GOP primary. In Montana, Trump's endorsement of Tim Sheehy chased Rep. Matt Rosendale retired of what was expected to beryllium a nasty Republican primary.

Henry J. Gomez

Henry J. Gomez is simply a elder nationalist governmental newsman for NBC News.