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Trump endorsed Republican senate candidate Leora Levy has defeated her two centrist Republican opponents, former state House Minority Leader Themis Klarides and Perennial candidate Peter Lumaj, in the Democrat stronghold of Connecticut allowing her to face incumbent Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D).

Levy, who was a GOP fundraiser and was nominated to be ambassador to Chile by President Trump, won the nomination with 51 percent of the vote compared to her two rivals who obtained 39 percent of the vote and 10 percent of the vote for Klarides and Lumaj, respectively with 80 percent of precincts reporting according to The New York Times.

Sen. Blumenthal has seen decreasing job approval numbers from Connecticut voters with recent polling from Quinnipiac University showing that only 45 percent of voters approved of his job performance while 43 percent disapprove. Meanwhile, 44 percent of independents, an important voting block, disapprove of the 76-year-old Democrat.

During the primary campaign, Levy called Klarides the next Liz Cheney and attacked her for her left-leaning positions on gun control and abortion. Additionally, Klarides has publicly acknowledged not voting for Trump in 2020, according to The Connecticut Mirror.

The former president endorsed Levy late in the campaign – just last week – saying at an event over the phone on Thursday night that he is “giving tonight my complete and total endorsement to Leora Levy, and she’s going to go out and win this primary.”

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While Levy has come out victorious in the close primary contest, she faces an uphill battle in usurping Blumenthal even with the incumbent’s bad approval numbers.

Republicans have not won a state-wide office or congressional seat since 2006 according to The New York Times, however, it remains possible that the seat could be switched to Republicans given the dissatisfaction with the Democrat Party from voters across the country.

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While it may seem far-fetched for a Republican to win the Senate seat, Democrat-run New Jersey showcased a potential hope for Republicans wishing to break into the northeast last year. Late last year, Republican Jack Ciattarelli won 48 percent of the vote compared to Democrat Phil Murphy’s 51.2 percent of the vote in a surprisingly close governor’s race, according to CNN.

It may take a principled Republican to break into the northeast, and the upcoming midterm elections, which are predicted to favor Republicans, might just be enough to get Levy over the finish line.

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