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Midterm elections | Trump’s lieutenants in 2022

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(Washington) An American football star, a multimillionaire surgeon, a former journalist denying the election of Biden: for the midterm elections, former President Donald Trump has dubbed candidates with the most improbable profiles, who swear to him absolute loyalty.


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Mehmet Oz

Dr Oz, the Superstar Surgeon

Long the head of a very popular medical program, the surgeon Mehmet Oz, 62, covets the post of senator in Pennsylvania, one of the most contested seats in the midterm elections.

“I have known Oz for 25 years, I was on his show a few years ago,” confided Donald Trump during a recent campaign rally. The candidate had told him that he was “in great shape” but “could lose ten kilos”, had fun the ex-president.

“Dr Oz”, an American millionaire of Turkish origin, is accused by his Democratic opponent of having been parachuted into this state in the northeastern United States, a former bastion of steel.

But the Republican, leading a campaign focused on crime and inflation, has benefited from a recent upturn in the polls, which has Democrats in a cold sweat.

If elected, the “Dr Oz” would be one of the richest senators in the US Congress.


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Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker, the sportsman with saucepans

The former president, ubiquitous in the midterm elections, continues to sing the praises of Herschel Walker, a former player in an American football franchise owned by Donald Trump.

This African-American seeks to seize the seat occupied by the Democratic pastor Raphael Warnock, the first black senator ever elected in Georgia.

“It will be impossible to stop him, as when he was” sporty, assures the former president.

The campaign of this Republican, very religious sexagenarian, has however been splashed by several recent scandals. The candidate, known for his anti-abortion positions, was accused of having financed the abortions of two of his former companions. He and his Democratic opponent are neck and neck in the polls.


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Kari Lake

Kari Lake, former TV presenter

He is one of the most fascinating personalities in the campaign. Kari Lake, a former TV presenter running for governor of Arizona, single-handedly embodies the Trumpism of 2022.

The 53-year-old Republican candidate, staunchly anti-immigration, continues to denounce the 2020 presidential result, saying the election was stolen from Donald Trump, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Will she accept the result of her own ballot? “I will win the election, this is the result that I will accept,” the candidate told CNN.


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JD Vance

JD Vance, the convert

He has not always been pro-Trump, which the former Republican president keeps reminding him of.

A former soldier, author of a best-selling book on the white middle class, JD Vance is running for a Senate seat in Ohio – a state that Donald Trump won in the last two presidential elections.

“JD wants my support so much that he sucks me,” Donald Trump mocked during one of his meetings in September.

The 30-year-old, a newcomer to the American political scene, recently embraced the ideas of the real estate magnate, with whom he now appears regularly.


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Marjorie Taylor Greene

Gaetz, Boebert and “MTG”, ready for revenge

They are already elected to Congress, candidates for re-election, and intend to have a leading role if the Republicans take control of the House of Representatives.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert and Matt Gaetz, three inveterate supporters of Donald Trump, have promised to take revenge for the parliamentary investigations carried out in Congress against the former president. Their main target: the current tenant of the White House, Joe Biden.


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Lauren Boebert


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Matt Gaetz



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