Trump has no plans to endorse in Tennessee GOP governor's race: report

Trump has no plans to endorse in Tennessee GOP governor's race: report
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHannity urges Trump not to fire 'anybody' after Rosenstein report Ben Carson appears to tie allegation against Kavanaugh to socialist plot Five takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's fiery first debate MORE has yet to make an endorsement in Thursday's Tennessee gubernatorial primary — and reportedly has no plans to do so.

Rep. Diane BlackDiane Lynn BlackTrump’s endorsements cement power but come with risks The Hill's Morning Report — Trump optimistic about GOP’s midterm prospects as Republicans fret Women poised to take charge in Dem majority MORE (R-Tenn.) has often touted her alignment with Trump in her bid to replace Gov. Bill Haslam (R). But Trump has no plans to dole out an endorsement for Black or any other Republican in the race, Politico reported.

The lack of a direct endorsement from the president runs counter to his tendency to hand out blessings to GOP candidates across the country on Twitter.

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On Tuesday alone, Trump tweeted out an endorsement of Sen. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoTrump privately calls Mattis ‘Moderate Dog’: report Push to change wildlife act sparks lobbying blitz House and Senate negotiators reach agreement on water infrastructure bill MORE (R-Wyo.), reaffirmed his support Rep. Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisDems look to Gillum, Abrams for pathway to victory in tough states San Juan mayor calls Hurricane Maria ‘Trump's Katrina’ DeSantis ally called Obama racial slur on Twitter MORE's (R) bid for Florida governor and tweeted his second endorsement of Rep. David KustoffDavid Frank KustoffGovernor's race grabs spotlight in Tennessee primaries Election Countdown: Trump jumps into Ohio special election fight | What to watch in Tennessee primaries | Koch network freezes out Republicans who crossed them | Dead heat in Texas, Nevada Senate races | How celebs are getting into the midterms Trump has no plans to endorse in Tennessee GOP governor's race: report MORE, another Tennessee Republican who is seeking a second term in the House.

For many Republican candidates in 2018, Trump's endorsement is seen as absolutely essential because of its apparent power to boost other primary candidates to victory. 

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp came in behind Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle in the primary for the GOP gubernatorial nomination last month. But after snagging Trump's endorsement, Kemp vanquished Cagle by nearly 40 points in a runoff election last week. Cagle, however, faced other difficulties in the weeks before the runoff.

In the GOP race for Florida governor, DeSantis has held a solid lead over Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, who has long been floated as a successor to the state's current Gov. Rick Scott.

Black has for months been seen as the front-runner for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in her state, and has, in fact, won the endorsement of Vice President Pence.

But a recent poll showed businessman Bill Lee as the new front-runner, the Tennessean reported Sunday, fueling speculation that the race may be tighter than previously thought.