Former President Trump endorses Bost in heated Illinois congressional primary

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UPDATE: The Bailey campaign has responded to the endorsement, noting that he did speak positively of the former gubernatorial candidate in his post.

Darren Bailey proudly stands with President Trump despite disagreeing with him on this endorsement,” Campaign spokesperson Joe DeBose said. “We look forward to working with President Trump to champion working families, secure our borders, defend our freedoms, and put America First—no compromises, no apologies.”


MURPHYSBORO, Ill. (WCIA) — Former Republican President Donald Trump has weighed in on the Illinois 12th Congressional District primary.

Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social Tuesday that he is endorsing current Congressman Mike Bost. While he acknowledged his opponent, 2022 gubernatorial candidate Darren Bailey, he thanked Bost for supporting him in Congress during his term between 2017 and 2021.

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“Congressman Mike Bost is doing a fantastic job representing the Great People of Illinois’ 12th Congressional District. While I like and respect Darren Bailey, and was proud to campaign for him in 2022, Mike Bost was one of the first House Committee Chairmen to endorse my Campaign, and Mike was a stalwart supporter of our America First agenda during my record-setting Administration. As Chairman of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Mike is doing an incredible job providing our Brave and Patriotic Veterans with the care they deserve.  He is working hard to Secure the Border, Champion American Agriculture, Strengthen the Military, Grow the Economy, and Protect and Defend our under siege Second Amendment. Mike Bost has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Donald Trump on his Truth Social account

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Bost called the endorsement a “tremendous honor”.

“It is a tremendous honor to have President Trump’s full support and total endorsement of my campaign,” Bost said in a statement“His leadership made us stronger at home and more respected across the world. I will do all I can to help put President Trump back to the White House because we are fighting for the same things: a secure our border, a strong Second Amendment, an end to the wokeness plaguing our country, and putting America FirstI look forward to standing side-by-side with him in the fight to Make America Great Again once we’re both re-elected this November.”

The primary election for Illinois is March 19. The Illinois 12th congressional district includes 32 counties in the southernmost part of the state.

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