An American football star, a multimillionaire surgeon, a former journalist who rejected Biden’s election: For the midterm elections, former President Donald Trump called candidates with the most unlikely profiles, who swore absolute loyalty to him.
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Dr. Oz, the superstar surgeon
The head of a very popular medical program, surgeon Mehmet Oz, 62, is hoping for a senatorial seat in Pennsylvania, one of the most contested seats in the midterm elections.
“I’ve known Oz for 25 years, and I was on his show a few years ago,” Donald Trump said at a recent campaign rally. The former president poked fun at the candidate who told him he was in “great shape” but could “lose about ten kilos”.
“Dr. Oz,” an American millionaire of Turkish origin, accused his Democratic opponent of being parachuted into this state in the northeastern United States, a former steel fortress.
But the Republican, who is leading a campaign focused on crime and inflation, has benefited from recent surges that have left Democrats in a cold sweat at the polls.
If elected, “Dr. Oz” would be one of the wealthiest senators in the US Congress.
Herschel Walker, sportsman with saucepans
The former president, who has been omnipresent in the midterm elections, continues to praise Herschel Walker, a former player in the American football franchise owned by Donald Trump.
This African-American is trying to take over the seat held by Democratic pastor Raphael Warnock, the first black senator elected in Georgia.
“It is impossible to stop him as he is,” the former president assured.
The campaign of this Republican, a very religious sexagenarian, however, has been splashed by several recent scandals. The candidate, known for his anti-abortion positions, has been accused of financing the abortions of two of his former colleagues. He and his Democratic opponent are neck and neck in the polls.
Kari Lake, former TV anchor
He is one of the most charismatic personalities in the campaign. Cary Lake, the former TV presenter running for governor of Arizona, single-handedly embodies 2022 Trumpism.
The 53-year-old Republican candidate, who is against immigration, continues to denounce the results of the 2020 presidential election, saying the election was stolen from Donald Trump, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
Will she accept the result of her own ballot? “I will win the election, this is the result I accept,” the candidate told CNN.
JD Vance, a convert
He has not always been a pro-Trump figure, as the former Republican president keeps reminding him.
A former soldier and best-selling author of a book on the white middle class, JD Vance is running for a Senate seat in Ohio — a state that Donald Trump won in the last two presidential elections.
“JD wants my support so badly, he’ll suck me up,” Donald Trump joked at one of his rallies in September.
A newcomer to American politics, the 30-year-old recently adopted the ideas of a real estate magnate with whom he now appears regularly.
Gaetz, Boebert and “MTG”, are ready for revenge
Already elected to Congress, candidates for re-election intend to have a prominent role if Republicans take control of the House of Representatives.
Three moderate supporters of Donald Trump, Marjorie Taylor Green, Lauren Bobert and Matt Gaetz, have vowed to retaliate against congressional hearings against the former president. Their main target: current White House tenant Joe Biden.
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