A majority of Trump’s 2022 endorsements called into question the 2020 election results

WASHINGTON — If it’s Friday … President Biden talks infrastructure as his push for voting rights seems nearly dead. … Biden also plans executive action on police reform. … Super PAC attacks Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania. … And AUJOURD’HUI celebrates 70 years on the air.

But first: Former President Donald Trump is bringing the 2022 roadshow to Arizona this Saturday for his first rally of the midterm election year.

And the event will include Arizona Republicans like Kari Lake (gubernatorial candidate) and Mark Finchem (secretary of state candidate) who trumpeted Trump’s attacks on the 2020 presidential election — and got the former president’s approval.

In fact, one of the ways Trump has wielded power after Jan. 6 and his departure is through his endorsements — 93 of them in total, according to NBC News’ tally — in both the GOP primaries and general elections. He has backed many high-profile incumbents and challengers, but is also trying to spur on some political novices with his political might.

Among these 93 endorsements:

  • 73 men, 20 women
  • 35 are running for the U.S. House
  • 15 are candidates for the United States Senate
  • 12 gubernatorial candidates
  • 15 challenge GOP incumbents
  • 59 questioned the results of the 2020 election, including voting against certification of the Electoral College in Congress.

In addition to questioning the outcome of the 2020 election, 10 candidates who received Trump’s endorsement attended his rally in Washington on January 6, 2021.

Trump’s win/loss record in these races will be a good measure to gauge his ultimate political strength, especially in the GOP primaries. The first on that primary calendar is March 1 in Texas, where Trump has endorsed 21 candidates — most of any state — from governor to county judge.

And there could be more endorsements to come. Trump has yet to take sides in open GOP Senate primaries in Arizona, Missouri and Ohio, and in gubernatorial primaries in a handful of competitive races. So stay tuned.

Downloading data: The day number is … 5

That’s the number of states where Trump has endorsed at least five candidates — Texas (21 candidates), Michigan (13), Florida (9), Georgia (5) and Arizona (5).

The former president has a favorite slate for nearly every office in the Lone Star state: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and lands commissioner, plus a big slate of congressional endorsements and some running errands. decrease.

Ten of Trump’s endorsements in Michigan are at the state legislative level, as he said the state “needs a new legislature” that won’t “refuse to conduct a forensic audit.”

Trump’s endorsements in his adopted state of Florida are largely from incumbent members of Congress. And his moves to Georgia and Arizona come in two states he’s focused on significantly following his 2020 loss.

Other numbers you need to know today

148,731: The seven-day average of Covid hospitalizations in the United States, according to an analysis by NBC News, which is a new record.

808 518: The seven-day average of new daily Covid cases in the United States, according to NBC News analysis.

1890: The seven-day average of daily Covid deaths in the US, according to NBC News analysis.

3: The number of missile tests North Korea has conducted this month, including firing two short-range ballistic missiles on Friday morning.

$1.85 billion: That’s the amount student loan officer Navient agreed to pay to settle accusations of predatory lending and deceptive practices.

123.3 degrees: The high temperature recorded (in degrees Fahrenheit) in Onslow, Australia, which is the highest temperature ever recorded in the southern hemisphere.

Tweet of the day

White House goes 1 for 2 in Supreme Court

But while Biden definitely had a bad day on Thursday, the news from the Supreme Court wasn’t all bad, despite the headlines.

The White House went 1 for 2, basically.

“On Thursday, the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administration’s rule requiring big companies to ensure workers are vaccinated against Covid-19 or wear masks and get tested weekly,” writes NBC’s Pete Williams.

“But the court said a separate mandate requiring vaccinations for around 20 million healthcare workers can be enforced.”

Mid-term review

Five Democratic groups (Black Voters Matter Fund, Collective PAC, End Citizens United/Let America Vote, Latino Victory Fund and the League of Conservation Voters) announced on Thursday that they only endorse senators “who take all necessary action” to pass the Democrats’ vote – rights bills.

Now that Senator John Thune is up for re-election, Trump allies are targeting the South Dakota Republican. NBC’s Marc Caputo reports that Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio conducted an investigation for an outside group that tested Thune against Gov. Kristi Noem and Rep. Dusty Johnson (both said they won’t run for the Senate ).

The Senate Majority PAC is going after GOP Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.

Super PAC Honor Pennsylvania is up with its first-place finish attacking Mehmet Oz in the GOP Senate primary, losing $911,000 on ads criticizing the TV doctor, according to AdImpact.

GOP Senate candidate David McCormick told NBC10 Philadelphia that he now lives full-time in Pennsylvania. “People say, ‘How would you know what’s going on in Pennsylvania and what it’s like to be in towns with working-class families?’ I grew in them,” he said.

McCormick also dodged several questions about the 2020 election. “There were many irregularities. I also said that President Biden is the president. We have to move on,” McCormick said.

McCormick too picked up an endorsement of Army veteran Sean Parnell, who had Trump’s support in the Senate race before ending his campaign after losing a custody battle. Parnell’s ex-wife accused Parnell of verbal and physical abuse, which Parnell denied.

ICYMI: What else is going on in the world?

Ukraine is battling a major cyberattack amid tensions with Russia.

The Republican National Committee is threatening to withdraw from future presidential debates organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates.

The leader of the Oath Keepers, an extremist group, is among 11 people charged with “seditious conspiracy” for their role in the attack on the Capitol on January 6.

The House Jan. 6 committee subpoenas tech giants that have so far provided an “inadequate” response to requests for information.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday that she was considering indicting Republicans who proposed an alternative 2020 voter list and referred the investigation to federal prosecutors.

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