June has marked the re-emergence of former President Donald Trump on the stump, and his first steps into influencing 2022 Republican Senate primaries. But while such an endorsement can be a boon for GOP candidates, it could have adverse effects in a general election in swing states — especially as Trump continues to be hellbent on re-litigating the 2020 election in talking about supposed electoral fraud when there is absolutely no credible evidence to back up his continued ludicrous claims.

At the first of the month, Trump made his first major appearance at the North Carolina Republican convention and made a surprise endorsement of Rep. Ted Budd in the Senate primary. The decision was the biggest blow to former Rep. Mark Walker, who sources said had been told just beforehand that the former president hadn’t planned to wade into the race just yet.

Walker — who was drawn out of his safe seat in 2020 and opted to retire and essentially launch his campaign for the upcoming open seat thanks to Sen. Richard Burr’s retirement — has been

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