A slate of well-known Democrats — including Lt. Gov. John Fetterman and US Rep. Conor Lamb — have entered the race.
Trump picked Parnell over several other Republican candidates, including businessman Jeff Bartos, Trump’s former ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands, and conservative political commentator Kathy Barnette.
“Sean bravely fought for our Country as a Captain in the U.S. Army and was awarded two Bronze Stars (one for valor!) and the Purple Heart. Unlike our current administration, he never left anyone behind,” Trump said, in a shot at President Joe Biden’s withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.
The endorsement underscored Trump’s desire to be a major player in next year’s Republican primaries.
He has now publicly supported his allies in a handful of key Senate races — including backing former football star Herschel Walker in Georgia, Rep. Ted Budd in North Carolina, Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama and Kelly Tshibaka, who is taking on incumbent Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in Alaska.
Parnell already had the support of Donald Trump Jr., who in May tweeted that “Sean is a friend and a strong conservative fighter with a spine of steel.”