Campaign aides and state chairs from the 2016 presidential race are stepping out from behind the scenes for their own runs for office, looking to build on the momentum from their former presidential hopefuls’ bids.
Affiliation with a high-profile politician doesn’t always guarantee electoral success. Two office-seekers affiliated with President Trump’s presidential campaign flamed out earlier this year in congressional primaries in Georgia and Kansas.
But there are still a number of figures who worked on the presidential runs of Trump, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton or Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) who want to use their campaign chops as a springboard into higher office.
Here are five former presidential campaign figures who have either launched bids or are weighing ones.
Ed Meier (D-Texas), Clinton policy aide
Meier, who served in a variety of roles in Clinton’s campaign and her State Department, is running to unseat powerful House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas).
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