Biggest Midterm Election Loser: Donald J. Trump

by Wall Street Rebel - Michael London | 11/09/2022 12:42 PM
Biggest Midterm Election Loser: Donald J. Trump

There was no Red Wave. The midterm elections validated that former President Trump's endorsement power is not strong enough to reshape the Republican Party by sweeping his handpicked candidates into office.

 

The former president has provided personal support to a significant number of Republican candidates for office in all three branches of government running for election on November 8, including several candidates for the House and Senate who continue to back his unfounded claim that the presidential election in 2020 was rigged.

Trump has frequently pointed to his success in the GOP primaries as proof that he has an apparent knack for choosing eventual winners and as evidence that there is still an appetite for his Make America Great Again (MAGA) brand of politics, despite reports that he is due to confirm a 2024 run for the presidency in the coming days. 

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The midterm elections on November 8 had a subplot regarding the potential future of the Republican Party. While the elections were mostly a referendum on President Joe Biden and the Democratic Party, Trump wanted to fill the House and Senate with his hand-picked puppetized candidates. Many of these candidates accepted the bogus stolen election assertion that Trump has been propagating as part of his campaign plan to rocket him to the presidency.

 

Trump's losing endorsed Senate candidates

Don Bolduc—defeated in New Hampshire by Sen. Maggie Hassan.

Gerald Malloy—defeated in Vermont by Peter Welch.

Leora Levy—defeated in Connecticut by Richard Blumenthal.

Mehmet Oz—defeated in Pennsylvania by John Fetterman.

 

Trump's losing endorsed House of Representatives candidates

Bo Hines—defeated in North Carolina's District 13 by Wiley Nickel.

J.R. Majewski—defeated in Ohio's District 9 by Marcy Kaptur.

John Gibbs—defeated in Michigan District 3 by Hillary Scholten.

Karoline Leavitt—defeated in New Hampshire's District 1 by Rep. Chris Pappas.

Madison Gesiotto Gilbert—defeated in Ohio's District 13 by Emilia Sykes.

Sandy Smith—defeated in North Carolina's District 1 by Don Davis.

Steve Chabot—defeated in Ohio's District 1 by Greg Landsman.

Yesli Vega—defeated in Virginia's District 7 by Abigail Spanberger.

 

Trump's losing endorsed gubernatorial candidates

Dan Cox—lost to Wes Moore in Maryland.

Darren Bailey—lost to Governor J.B. Pritzker in Illinois.

Doug Mastriano—lost to Josh Shapiro in Pennsylvania.

Geoff Diehl—lost to Maura Healey in Massachusetts.

Lee Zeldin—lost to Governor Kathy Hochul in New York.

Mark Ronchetti—lost in New Mexico to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.

Scott Jensen—lost in Minnesota to Governor Tim Walz.

Tim Michels—lost to Governor Tony Evers in Wisconsin.

Tudor Dixon—lost to Governor Gretchen Whitmer in Michigan.

 

After the Republican Party's lackluster showing in the midterm elections, new concerns have been expressed over Donald Trump's ability to maintain his influence over the Republican Party in the run-up to the presidential election in 2024.

At Mar-a-Lago…

Alt:(Acosta Tweet about Trump)

 

Trump hoped that the apparent Republican midterm "Red Wave" would solidify his standing as the head of the GOP and clear the way for a return to the White House. His official announcement that he is running for president again was likely to come by November 15. "On Tuesday, November 15, I'm going to make a very big announcement at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida," Trump told supporters at a rally for Ohio Senate candidate J.D. Vance.

People are already blaming President Trump and the looming shadow he created for the Republican Party's bad performance in the midterm elections, since the party failed to preserve its majority in the House of Representatives, and it looks that the Senate may be handed over to the Democrats.

Considering that Tuesday was the third major election in which Trump has lost in the past four years, following the 2018 midterms—where the Democrats took control of the House and flipped several gubernatorial races—and his own 2020 election defeat to Biden, the GOP may also be considering whether they want Trump to lead the party going forward.

As a result of the failure of the Republicans to achieve the major gains that were anticipated in the midterm elections, there is going to be an increase in the amount of speculation that former Trump protege Ron DeSantis will emerge as the new leader of the Republican Party as the focus shifts to 2024.

As a consequence of the fact that the governor of Florida and the former president are widely regarded as the two candidates most likely to square off against one another in the Republican primary for president, Trump has given the impression that he is betraying his former buddy.

In the aftermath of the outcomes of the midterm elections, there are indications from inside Republican circles that the party is turning towards DeSantis and away from Trump.

The New York Post, which Donald Trump has in the past referred to as his "favorite newspaper," has turned its back on the former president in the wake of the poor performance of the Republicans in the midterm elections.

Following Ron DeSantis' victory in the election for governor of Florida, the Post, which Rupert Murdoch owns, featured DeSantis on its front page on Wednesday morning with the headline "DeFuture."

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On the other hand, Trump is likely to disregard any speculation that the outcome of the midterm elections would impact his prospects of being elected president in 2024.

On the eve of the midterm elections, President Trump told NewsNation that he should "get all the glory" if the politicians he backed are victorious in their races but that he should "not be blamed at all" if they are defeated.

 

                            Trump Speaks to Supporters on Election Night           

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