Trump-endorsed candidate loses Republican primary for first time in 2018

August 22, 2018

Foster Friess

Capping off a bad day for the White House, President Trump had his first unsuccessful primary endorsement of 2018 when Wyoming state Treasurer Mark Gordon beat his preferred candidate businessman Foster Freiss in the GOP race for governor Tuesday night.

With more than 90 percent of precincts reporting, Gordon received 32 percent of the vote to Friess’ 26 percent. Three other candidates lagged behind.

It was a late endorsement, but unambiguous. “To the incredible people of the Great State of Wyoming: Go VOTE TODAY for Foster Friess,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. “He will be a fantastic Governor! Strong on Crime, Borders & 2nd Amendment. Loves our Military & our Vets. He has my complete and total Endorsement!”

This came the same day as former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was convicted on eight counts, the first convictions in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Former Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to a variety of financial crimes and appeared to implicate the president in a campaign finance violation.

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