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Trump is gambling big in Wisconsin and Arizona. Losses there could be painful.

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07.06.2022

Donald Trump took a body blow when Georgia Republicans decisively rejected his endorsed candidates in a panoply of Peach State races two weeks ago. Now, the pugnacious former president is punching back by endorsing little-known outsiders in races in Arizona and Wisconsin. Losing those risky bets would likely fatally damage the idea that he is an all-powerful figure and endanger his chances of winning the party’s 2024 presidential nomination.

It wasn’t long ago that Trump’s endorsement was viewed as the golden ticket in Republican politics. Candidates flocked to his seaside estate at Mar-a-Lago to lobby the man for his support. His embrace, they thought, could make or break them.

The political parade has proved personally lucrative for Trump, with wannabe Trumpkins spending tens of thousands of dollars on fundraisers at his posh club. Those who won his support surely know by now that the cost — both financially and in terms of personal dignity — was not worth it.

Trump’s acolytes inflate his endorsement winning percentage by including wins by uncontested incumbents, the political equivalent of including spring training games in a baseball team’s record. Before the Georgia primary, a number of Trump endorsees, such as Nebraska’s Charles Herbster, had lost their........

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