With former President Donald Trump dominating the first two primary contests, major conservative donors who threw their support behind former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley are sensing defeat and preparing to put their efforts into the 2024 Senate races.
Some of the donors are concerned that a Trump candidacy for the Republican Party could have the same disastrous effect that his endorsements had in the 2022 midterm election, particularly for Senate candidate Blake Masters in Arizona, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, and Herschel Walker in Georgia. Like many Trump-endorsed candidates, they defeated centrist Republicans in the primaries only to lose to Democrats in the general election.
Though the 2024 electoral map appears to strongly favor the GOP, a Trump nomination could hurt vulnerable Republicans as Democrats