A Never Trump Republican who supported Hillary Clinton in 2016 is eyeing a soon-to-be vacant US Senate seat, but a solidly pro-Trump state GOP may complicate matters for him.
Craig Snyder is a business and political consultant from Philadelphia who is looking at running for the seat of retiring senator Pat Toomey. He discussed his potential candidacy in a recent profile written by the Philadelphia Inquirer, saying that he wants to return the GOP to “the non-Trump brand of Republicanism that I believe in.”
Snyder believes that a crowded GOP primary could help him, because if several pro-Trump candidates run, pro-Trump voters might then split their votes among different candidates. And according to Ballotpedia, winners of primary contests in the state of Pennsylvania are determined by plurality vote, meaning that a candidate need not receive 50 percent of the vote to obtain the party’s nomination.
That may sound beneficial to Snyder, but the one major obstacle to his success could be the Pennsylvania Republican Party itself. On January 26 Politico published a piece titled “Pennsylvania GOP pledges full allegiance to Trump.” Article author Holly Otterbein highlighted the state party transformation from establishment-oriented to strongly pro-Trump as something that’s been “decades in the making” but that’s also “never been so obvious as in the past two months.”
If you recall, Pennsylvania was one of the several battleground states at the center of widespread voter fraud allegations. All but one House Republican in the Pennsylvania congressional delegation voted to object to the state’s Electoral College votes. This does not sound like a state party that’d be enthusiastic about a consistent Never Trumper running for a crucial US Senate seat.
Suffice it to say that Pennsylvania will be a state to watch come 2022. “Next year offers another referendum on the Trumpification of Pennsylvania Republicans: There will be rare open seats for both governor and senator,” Otterbein writes. “Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans promise to ensure that swing voters remember the efforts to overturn the state’s presidential election results based on allegations that were without evidence. Republicans say the party’s pro-Trump base will be energized by lawmakers who railed against election fraud and objected to Biden electors.”
Laura Loomer Announces 2022 Congressional Campaign
Loomer will run for Congress in 2022.
Former Big League Politics investigative journalist and social media personality Laura Loomer announced her 2022 congressional campaign on Wednesday, speaking at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar and longtime Donald Trump advisor Roger Stone were present at Loomer’s campaign announcement.
Loomer ran in 2020 in Florida’s 21st Congressional district, which contains President Trump’s world famous Mar-a-Lago resort which is now his permanent address. With an upcoming congressional redistricting in Florida, Loomer clarified that she’s waiting for the final results of the redistricting measure before running for a specific district. The parameters of congressional districts in Florida are yet to be determined. Florida stands to gain two congressional seats from the 2020 census, in a testament to the state’s population growth, conservative governance, and embrace of pro-middle class policies.
Loomer received 40% of the vote in her 2020 challenge against Democrat Lois Frankel, a strong performance in the D +9 21st district. If Republicans build momentum as the opposition party coming into the midterms, Loomer’s second shot at Congress could easily lead to a victory.
Loomer is one of the most censored individuals on the internet, having been banned from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube a short time after the first wave of social media censorship purges targeted Milo Yiannopoulos and Alex Jones. Twitter refused to allow Loomer a voice on the platform as the Republican nominee for Congress in her district in 2020, in a move that arguably amounts to an in-kind campaign contribution to the Democrat she was facing. Loomer predicted that President Trump would ultimately be purged from Big Tech monopoly platforms in 2018, a prediction which proved accurate.
Loomer’s message may rest on the growing strength of alternative social media platforms. Having previously received Donald Trump’s endorsement, she could be the next upcoming Trump Republican to enter the halls of Congress.
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