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( After last Tuesday’s Texas primary, former President Trump boasted that the candidates he endorsed in Texas went 33 for 33 in their races.

The former president made this boast after hearing the news that Arizona’s Republican Governor Doug Ducey decided not to run for the Senate. Trump, who is no fan of Ducey, bragged that Ducey decided not to run because he knew Trump would never endorse him.

While it is true that none of the 33 candidates Trump endorsed in Texas lost, some of them didn’t exactly win either.

Five of the candidates the former president endorsed failed to garner 50 percent of the vote and now have to face a run-off election on May 24, most notably incumbent Attorney General Ken Paxton who will go head-to-head against Republican challenger George P. Bush.

Of the 33 candidates Trump endorsed, 23 were the incumbents that either had only token opposition or no opposition at all. Of the other ten, five won their nominations outright while the other five will run again in the May 24 run-off.

Of the sixteen House members endorsed by Trump, seven were running unopposed.

Other than Paxton who faces a run-off, the statewide incumbents Trump endorsed, Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, and Comptroller Glenn Hegar all defeated their primary challengers easily.

No Trump-backed incumbent drew less than 59 percent of the vote except for Ken Paxton.

The five open seat contests where Trump’s endorsement probably helped the most were for two House races, two races for Texas State Senate, and the race for Tarrant County judge. All of those were highly competitive races with crowded fields.

In Houston, the Trump-endorsed House candidate, former Army helicopter pilot Wesley Hunt, won a 10-way congressional primary. While in the Rio Grande Valley, Trump’s pick, businesswoman Monica De La Cruz, defeated the other eight candidates.

Both Hunt and De La Cruz came close to defeating Democrat incumbents in 2020 and had wide support within the Republican Party.