Trump-Backed Senate GOP Candidate Wins Primary in Landslide

( – A candidate endorsed by former President Donald Trump was declared victorious in the Virginia Republican senate primary election, advancing him to the general contest in a few months.

On Tuesday, June 18, Hung Cao won the Republican nomination for a seat in the US Senate representing the state of Virginia, defeating four other candidates after Trump gave the Vietnamese immigrant his nod of approval for the job. Cao, a veteran of the US Navy, won the nomination with 67% support.

Cao will now advance to the general election in November, taking on Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who has already served two terms assuming office in 2013. In 2016, Kaine was picked by Hillary Clinton as her running mate during her presidential campaign. From 2006 to 2010, he served as Virginia’s 70th governor and lieutenant governor before that, from 2022 to 2006.

Cao said his message to Kaine was not to “go away mad” when he loses in November, but to “just go away.” The Republican nominee told reporters after the primary win that “thirty years getting rich” on the taxpayers’ dime was “more than enough” for Kaine. He said people “need fighters” to solve their problems rather than politicians.

The Navy vet managed to pull in over $2 million in donations, twice as much as any of his GOP opponents in the primary. He also pulled in Trump’s endorsement, with the former president calling Cao “a tireless fighter” against inflation who will help grow the American economy, secure the border, “strongly support” veterans, and secure the Second Amendment, which Trump said is “always under siege.”

Cao, who immigrated to the US from Vietnam as a child in 1975 alongside his parents as refugees, placed the border at the forefront of his campaign. The GOP candidate vowed to “build the wall,” echoing Trump’s familiar and famous 2016 campaign promise. The Republican’s campaign told reporters he vows to finish some of Trump’s first-term plans, including “the completion of the border wall system.”

Cao served in the Navy from 1996 to 2021. He also heads a national security tech firm called CACI International Inc.

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