There is a great deal of possibly unwarranted discussion within the Republican Party of late as to whether or not Donald Trump still has the sway that he thinks he does.
It’s all in who you ask. NY Rep. Elise Stefanik, for example, is still very much riding the Trump Train, having already endorsed The Don for ’24, despite the fact that he hasn’t even made his announcement yet.
But the enthusiasm for the former President isn’t quite as fervent when it comes to some other corners of the GOP, and there appears to be an active campaign to keep Trump from inserting himself into Georgia’s runoff elections on behalf of Herschel Walker.
With former President Donald Trump currently viewed by many conservatives as politically toxic, CNN reported Friday that Herschel Walker‘s campaign is looking to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) for help in Georgia.
If Adam Laxalt defeats incumbent Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) in Nevada, Walker must win his runoff against incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-GA) for the GOP to take the Senate.Trending:
That’s assuming Republican Blake Masters loses his race in Arizona against Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ). Dave Wasserman of The Cook Political Report called the race for Kelly early Friday, but the networks have declined to make a call as of Friday evening.
Control of the Senate might come down to Walker, who was handpicked by Trump and barely kept Warnock from crossing the 50% threshold needed to avoid their runoff election on Tuesday.
Trump was undoubtedly a large part of getting Walker through the primaries and keeping him competitive up until this point, but yet the GOP is still considering a different path forward.
Numerous Republicans told CNN Friday their party is all-in on campaigning for the former NFL running back ahead of the Dec. 6 election. But several expressed reservations about Trump going anywhere near the race.
After a lackluster midterm showing by Trump’s other candidates, those stumping for Walker might seek to enlist DeSantis to motivate voters while snubbing Trump.
One person described as being close to Trump said the decision would send the former President into a fit.
“Imagine [Trump] seeing Ron campaign for Herschel while he is being told, ‘Please stay away.’ He would go ballistic,” the person told CNN.
Of course, the most difficult job in all of American politics is telling Donald Trump “no”, and the old guard within the Republican Party are about to learn this lesson the hard way.