Trump-backed challenger ousts Freedom Caucus chair in revenge for DeSantis assist | EUROtoday

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Donald Trump has taken his revenge in opposition to the chair of the House Freedom Caucus in a major that proves his endorsement continues to be a kingmaker throughout the Republican Party.

The race in Virginia’s fifth district was referred to as round on Tuesday afternoon, with all 24 localities reporting. Virginia’s Department of Elections declared that John McGuire, a retired Navy SEAL and state senator, gained the first with 31,209 votes in comparison with Representative Bob Good’s 31,583, making a margin of 374 votes.

McGuire swiftly declared victory and thanked Trump for the endorsement in a press release on X.

“Number one, I want to thank God,” he mentioned. We couldn’t have finished this with out my spouse Tracy, our unbelievable crew, and naturally President Trump! This is the distinction of a lifetime.”

On Friday, Good had informed The Independent he would possibly contest the outcomes of the election.

Good, who has chaired the House’s most conservative caucus since January, turned a goal of the previous president’s ire when he endorsed Trump’s major challenger Ron DeSantis in May of 2023.

When Good endorsed him, DeSantis seemed to be probably the strongest Republican within the major, as Trump’s authorized woes have been starting to mount. The Florida governor was using excessive after successful a convincing victory in his battle for re-election in 2022.

DeSantis would ultimately bow out of the Republican major days after the Iowa caucuses in January, having failed to return near overtaking Trump in a state the place his marketing campaign had virtually solely targeted its time and efforts.

In the top, he was almost overtaken by a surging Nikki Haley, who would go on to be the one Republican apart from Trump to win a state within the GOP major this 12 months.

Good additionally earned the ire of former House speaker Kevin McCarthy, whom Good opposed as speaker and whom Good voted to oust. McCarthy’s political motion committee poured $10,000 into the race in opposition to Good.

Trump-endorsed candidate John McGuire meets voters in June 2024 at a campaign stop
Trump-endorsed candidate John McGuire meets voters in June 2024 at a marketing campaign cease (Facebook: John McGuire)

Good’s opponent efficiently squeezed the congressman out as Good sought to reaffirm his loyalty to Trump in 2024.

Bob Good, left, listens as his colleague Matt Gaetz speaks at a Republican press conference outside of Donald Trump’s courtroom in Manhattan
Bob Good, left, listens as his colleague Matt Gaetz speaks at a Republican press convention outdoors of Donald Trump’s courtroom in Manhattan (Getty Images)

Good attended courtroom to indicate assist for Trump the identical day, even carrying the signature blue swimsuit/crimson tie combo favored by Trump’s acolytes. But it was McGuire who got here away with the previous president’s endorsement from the showdown (probably unsurprising, provided that he was the one non-incumbent granted a spot within the limo).

If there was any doubt as to why McGuire gained the endorsement ultimately, it was settled by Trump himself as the previous president spoke nearly at a tele-rally for Good’s challenger on Monday night.

“After I won the primary he became a big fan — that’s not good enough,” Trump informed McGuire’s followers.