Republicans who craved Trump’s endorsement are backing away rapidly | World

Donald Trump’s vitriol-fuelled address in Ohio underscored again the dilemma facing Republican candidates as the midterm election race enters its final stretch.

Trump was reported not to have been invited by JD Vance, the Republican Senate candidate. The former president simply informed Vance that he was coming. He did the same thing a week ago in Pennsylvania, turning up at a rally for Mehmet Oz, his endorsed Senate candidate, despite having had no formal invitation.

Both Vance and Oz were powerless to refuse Trump, and the result for both was the same: a former president railing against the criminal investigations against him, repeating his insistence that he won the 2020 election, and teasing another effort to retake the White House in 2024. On stage in


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