Former President Donald Trump “is furious” and “shouting at everyone” after last night’s disappointing GOP results in midterm exams, a Trump adviser who has been in touch with Trump’s inner circle tells CNN.
“Candidates are important,” the Trump adviser said. “They were all bad candidates,” the adviser continued, criticizing many of Trump’s hand-picked candidates in key states on the battlefield.
This adviser said Trump is unlikely to delay his expected presidential announcement because “it’s too humiliating to delay.” But the advisor said there are too many unknowns at the moment.
The most notable loss to Trump came in Pennsylvania, where Republican Mehmet Oz fell to Democrat John Fetterman in what was the most expensive Senate race in the country. Trump endorsed Oz, during the controversial Republican primaries, effectively marching through a brutal primaries and narrowly reaching the general election. But where the former president’s support was decisive in the primary, it was an albatross in the general election for a Republican Senate candidate who tried to penetrate the suburbs by touting his own moderation.
While Trump took a number of Senate victories — Trump-backed GOP JD Vance defeated a stronger-than-expected challenge from Democrat Tim Ryan in the Ohio Senate race, while Republican Ted Budd defeated Democrat Cheri Beasley in North Carolina — his which has so far limited victories to distinctly lean Republican states.
Also in the House, Trump supporters lost in what were seen as competitive matches that Republicans had to win if they wanted to build a significant majority in the legislative body.
In New Hampshire, former Trump aide Karoline Leavitt to Democratic Rep. Chris Pappas in what was seen as a highly competitive match. In North Carolina, Trump-backed Republican Bo Hines lost to Democrat Wiley Nickel in a race widely seen as a test of the former president’s influence. And in Ohio, Democratic State Representative Emilia Sykes defeated Republican Madison Gesiotto Gilbert, who bullishly praised her ties to Trump.
Trump’s evening was particularly poorly seen through the lens of the Florida Gov’s romp. Ron DeSantis.
DeSantis, Trump’s clearest rival for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination, overwhelmingly won re-election on Tuesday, crushing Democrat Charlie Crist by nearly 20 percentage points, continuing to consolidate Latino support in Florida and even winning by populous counties like Miami-Dade. .
The headline in Trump’s one-time hometown newspaper, the New York Post, said it all, “DeFUTURE,” blared the headline, showing the Florida Republican onstage with his family.