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Trump has announced his Tennessee House race endorsement, a test of his political power.

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The former president Donald Trump made his preference well-known by winning the Republican nomination for a newly created Tennessee House district before the hopeful candidate officially announced his candidacy for this seat. The community, located in Nashville, could be a chance to test Trump as a kingmaker within Republican politics.

Following the announcement that Tennessee Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper announced on Tuesday that he would retire after the current year, Trump touted a run to succeed him by the former State Department spokeswoman and Fox News presenter Morgan Ortagus. Although Ortagus has not yet announced her intentions to run, several established Republicans consider a run for the position.

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“I am told the very strong and impressive Morgan Ortagus is exploring a run for Congress in Tennessee’s 5th Congressional District. I couldn’t be happier because she’s an absolute warrior for America First and MAGA!” Trump declared.

Ortagus Thanked Trump via Twitter, a platform for which he is suspended, for his endorsement; however, she has not announced her candidacy.

Nashville is a liberal-leaning enclave that is home to state government employees in the capital of Tennessee and scholars and undergraduates from Vanderbilt University, which is being divided into three districts. The district that Nashville-based Cooper was a member of for over 20 years (plus a 1983-95 House time in a rural region) is now being changed to favor Republicans. The goal is to transform Tennessee’s present House delegation comprised seven Republicans to two Democrats to eight GOP lawmakers and one Democratic one.

Trump’s decision to apply anointing to Ortagus has riled those who are his supporters. They argue that Trump should have backed the music-video producer Robby Starbuck. Starbuck put forth an effort to run for the post last year and has tried to align himself with Trump.

The former Tennessee State House Speaker Beth Harwell is also reportedly contemplating a bid to run for the Republican nomination, Maury County mayor Andy Ogles and attorney Kurt Winstead. A House campaign by Harwell, who was a former state Republican Party chairwoman, would be “formidable” in the race, according to John Geer, a Vanderbilt University political scientist who is also a co-director of the poll.

Despite what Geer stated, the new configuration of the 5th Congressional District is not an easy win for Republicans. If Cooper had decided to run for office, Geer said, “He might have been able to win.”

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“He has name recognition, and people respect him and, and he’s, you know, not an AOC-type Democrat,” Geer stated and added that absent a notable Democrat becomes involved, “the battle now is likely going to turn to the Republican primary to see who gets the nomination and therefore has an edge in the general election come this November.”

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Democrats seeking to succeed Cooper are likely to include community activists Odessa Kelly. When it was clear that the state Republicans were planning to dismantle the 5th Congressional District to divide into its Nashville supporters, Kelly had already launched an initial campaign for the seat of Cooper, who is a leftist.

Kelly stated in a Facebook post that she intends to run for office. However, other candidates could also be in the race before the deadline for filing in April.

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