Tuesday was a bad night for Republicans and a reality check for the GOP to see whether former President Donald Trump would retain his “kingmast” status.
According to ABC News, the president, who has been charged twice, reportedly “got mad” at his Mar-a-Lago estate because the Republican candidates he supported began to lose or underperform. To add offense to the injury, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ good performance in Trump’s adopted family state was a wake-up call for some Trump advisers. DeSantis, seen as a potential rival to President Trump in 2024, easily won re-election.
Trump backed more than 300 candidates nationwide, including renowned heart surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker in Georgia, hoping the night would end with a red wave that he could drive to the Republican nomination for president in 2024.
Oz agreed with his Democratic opponent, Lt. Governor John Fetterman, on Wednesday, while the Georgia Senate hot race heads to a final vote on December 6 as none of the candidates, including Walker, won 50 percent of the vote.
On his Truth Social account, Trump said Tuesday was “A GREAT EVENING”. His Ohio Senate candidate JD Vance was about to beat Democrat Tim Ryan, and his North Carolina Senate candidate Ted Budd also won his race – with races in Arizona and Nevada yet to be announced. and control of the House and Senate yet to be determined.
But some of Trump’s most famous candidates have seen losses in the battle states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio.
“Republicans have performed insanely underperformed and heads should roll,” conservative commentator Ben Shapiro wrote on Twitter.
Even before the ugly results of the Republicans, Trump tried to take credit for his victories, while avoiding blame for any losses.
“I think if they win, I should get all the merit” he said in an interview before the vote. “If they lose, I shouldn’t be blamed at all.”
He I connected the “big advertisement” on his future political plans next week, which advisers say means he plans to start his return offer in 2024.
As voices started pouring in, Trump destroyed Republican candidate for the New Hampshire Senate, Don Bolduc for deviating slightly from the extremist attitude of refusing elections.
Even Fox News, known to embrace the ex-president, ran a steady stream of stories with damaging headlines: “Trump-backed Vance does not mention ex-president in a victory speech.” “Republican Brad Raffensperger, insulted by Trump, wins again in Georgia.” And “Conservatives point the finger at Trump after disappointing GOP election results.”
But as Tuesday night turned to Wednesday morning, the history of what had not happened for the GOP became the main topic of conversation.
“Republicans are going to be dealing with a soul search here,” said Dana Perino of the Fox News Channel.
Kellyanne Conway, a former Trump adviser who was a Fox commentator, grew impatient at one point when discussions about Republicans fell on the set about failing to live up to expectations or hopes.
“Enough,” she said. “We’ll take it.”
After calling reporters and his loyal followers to an observation party at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida on election night, Trump ended the night without a triumphant speech.
Hours later, Palm Beach County issued an evacuation order from an area that included the Trump Club and Nicole’s impending tropical storm.
With News Wire services
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