Some candidates in smaller races are embracing Donald Trump's positions, seeing his views as helpful to their campaigns.
The Wall Street Journal
reports that one Maryland candidate who was called "The Trump of Baltimore County" for his views on immigration and race now wears the label as "a badge of honor."
Some Republicans worry that Trump's rhetoric about immigrants, Muslims, and women will diminish the election chances of the Republican Party, but some nominees believe success will come from following Trump's lead.
Neal McDonough, the Maryland state assembly candidate, told the Journal, "I've been talking about these issues for years like a voice in the wilderness."
"Finally," McDonough said, "Trump and the entire country have caught up to me."
Eugene Yu, a Republican congressional candidate in Georgia, explained that Trump matches his opinions exactly. "Everything he says, I've been saying all along," Yu told the Journal.
In Florida, Republican Senate candidate Carlos Beruff has said he wanted to ban immigration from all Mideast countries except Israel. One area newspaper called him, "Florida's very own Cuban-American version of the Donald," according to the Journal.
Democrats have worked to brand their Republican opponents as "the Party of Trump," but many Republicans have embraced the title, and have even criticized their rivals in the GOP for not backing Trump as well.
Paul Nehlen, House Speaker Paul Ryan's opponent in Wisconsin, said Ryan should support Trump, "if Ryan was even vaguely interested in the will of the people."
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