Monday, February 6, 2023

Republicans doubt Trump’s post-election appeal

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The Republican Party was slated to sweep the US midterm elections and former President Donald Trump marched victoriously toward the Republican nomination as he prepares to run for president again.

Instead, the Republican Party’s dismal results in Tuesday’s election are raising new questions about Trump’s appeal and the future of the party that fully supports him. Furthermore, the polls have given new momentum to the former president’s main rival.

In fact, some allies were asking Trump to delay his planned announcement until next week, saying all party attention should be on Georgia, where former football player Herschel Walker’s bid to oust Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock should be on Georgia. Bidding is moving towards the second round. This may determine who will have control of the Senate. Walker is endorsed by Trump.

“I would advise him to hold off on his announcement until after the Georgia runoff,” said Jason Miller, a former Trump adviser. “Georgia has to be the center of attention for every Republican in the country right now,” he said.

Even after losing the 2020 presidential election, Trump wanted to use the midterm elections as an opportunity. He supported more than 330 candidates across all castes, often putting forward inexperienced and heavily flawed candidates. He enjoyed his victory in the Republican primary, but many of his stances, such as repeating Trump’s lies about the stolen election and embracing hardline views on abortion, were out of step with voters.

Still, Trump scored several big wins on Tuesday, especially in Ohio, where his Senate pickmate, JD Vance, author of the “Hillibilly Elegy,” won an easy victory in front of some primaries packed with candidates after Trump endorsed them. achieved. In North Carolina, Rep. Ted Budd, an early supporter of Trump, kept a Senate seat in the hands of the Republican Party.

But Trump lost some of his biggest prizes on Tuesday, especially in Pennsylvania, where Dr. Mehmet Oz, who won the Trump-backed Republican Senate primary, lost to Democrat John Fetterman. Trump-endorsed candidates also lost their gubernatorial races in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Maryland, and one for the Senate in New Hampshire, though Trump appeared to celebrate the latter, prompting Republican Danes to withdraw their endorsement of Trump’s electorate. Attacked to attack Bolduc. lies.

Trump said on his social networks, “If he had remained firm and honest, he would have won easily.” “lesson learned!” they wrote.

Trump also celebrated the defeat of Colorado Republican Senate candidate Joe O’Dea, who said he believed it was time for the party to turn the page on Trump.

In other high-profile races in Arizona and Nevada, it’s too early to declare a winner.

Probably the biggest win for Republicans came in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis won his re-election, cementing his status as a rising Republican star as he pursues his own 2024 presidential bid.

“I just started fighting,” he told supporters in his victory speech.

Although Republicans are headed for control of the House of Representatives, and may eventually control the Senate, those who believed that gloom over inflation, combined with President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings, would lead to a quick and decisive victory, They blamed the former president for the results achieved. The message of the night, he argued: The American people want to turn the page.

“I mean, we had a historic opportunity, and the fact that Trump selected unqualified candidates screwed us,” said veteran Republican strategist Scott Reid. “Trump has already lost three consecutive elections for the Republican Party; It’s time to get out of this nonsense.”

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Associated Press writers Steve Peoples and Farnoush Amiri contributed to this report.

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