Alabama Senate Race Proves Trump is Still Pivotal

American politics is just a race to the midterms at the moment, with both the Republican and Democratic sides of the aisle running their simultaneous influence campaigns in attempts to thwart one another in November.

The Democrats have spent their pre-midterm months cooking up a heck of a show with the January 6th select committee, holding hearings that have been helmed by former television executives, slandering Donald Trump in a myriad of different ways.

In response, Donald Trump just keeps collecting endorsement wins.

Katie Britt, a former top aide to Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., has defeated Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary runoff, NBC News projects.

The race to succeed Shelby, who is retiring, had flummoxed former President Donald Trump, whose early endorsement of Brooks was consistent with what had been a close political alliance.

Here’s why this win isn’t like the others:

But Trump soured on Brooks, who had expressed a desire to move on from the 2020 election that Trump continues to falsely claim he won. Brooks, once an early favorite in the race, saw his poll numbers decline, and Trump withdrew his endorsement. Brooks ultimately rallied to earn a spot in the runoff against Britt, but she had long since become the GOP front-runner. Trump eventually endorsed her less than two weeks ago.

For Trump’s influence to be so succinctly felt and focused is truly a stunning political power move, and the Democrats are undoubtedly nervous about what it could mean for the midterms.