Trump pumps $348,000 into Ohio GOP primary after Texas loss to avoid going 0-2

Former President Donald Trump’s political action committee bought $348,081 worth of advertising in the Republican congressional primary in Ohio’s 15th District, where a Trump-backed candidate is facing a crowded GOP field.

The large, last-minute ad purchase by the Make America Great Again Action PAC was made Tuesday, the same day another Trump-backed House candidate, Susan Wright, lost in a special election in Texas’ 6th Congressional District.

The purchase suggests the Trump team believes it will take more than the former president’s endorsement to put former coal lobbyist Mike Carey over the finish line in next week’s primary.

The winner of Tuesday’s vote will face a Democrat in November to see who will replace former GOP Rep. Steve Stivers, who left Congress earlier this year. The district leans Republican, making the winner of the primary a favorite to win the seat.

Trump has recorded a robocall for Carey and had the former lobbyist up on stage with him at a Trump rally in Ohio in June. On Tuesday, the same day the ads were purchased, Trump sent an email doubling down on his support for Carey, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The Ohio primary has seen big dollars spent on several candidates, including $220,000 in opposition ads against Carey, paid for by a group called the Conservative Outsiders PAC.