What the midterm results mean for Trump, 2024 presidential election

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A likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 had a triumphant night on Tuesday, and it wasn’t Donald Trump.

The former president spent the final days of the campaign lashing out at and even threatening Florida governor Ron DeSantis, whose apparent interest in battling Trump confused him, according to advisers who spoke on condition of anonymity to resume private conversations. to give. The Florida governor did not return fire except to host his own campaign event on Saturday, compete with a Trump rally in Miami and further annoy the former president.

On election night, however, it was DeSantis who held the lavish Victory Party, having won reelection in a 20-point landslide, nearly 15 points better than Trump’s 2020 margin in their shared home state. At the party, DeSantis supporters chanted “Two more years!” — encourage the governor to seek the presidency before completing his second term.

In contrast, Trump’s own holdout was reduced by a tropical storm that moved toward his Mar-a-Lago resort, located in a mandatory evacuation zone, on Wednesday morning. Trump spoke briefly Tuesday night to thank reporters for coming, brag about his winning record of approvals and congratulate a few Republican candidates who had won or led. But not DeSantis.

“Wouldn’t that be funny if we were better in the general election than in the? [primary] nominations,” Trump mused, as if still processing the results himself. He spent Tuesday evening among longtime advisers and donors who, like other Republicans, expected a better showing on Tuesday.

After leaving the podium, Trump took to his social media site Truth Social to cheer for the demise of Republican Senate hopefuls Don Bolduc in New Hampshire and Joe O’Dea in Colorado, whose victories could have lifted the party to a majority. who remained uncertain Tuesday night.

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The full picture of Tuesday’s results is yet to be finalized, and Trump racked up several victories with several of his favorite candidates in major Senate races, such as Ted Budd in North Carolina and JD Vance in Ohio. (Vance, in particular, thank you tens of people in his victory speech, but not Trump.) Nevertheless, the results were a mixed bag for Republicans, not the outburst Trump hoped to get before quickly announcing his own candidacy for 2024.

“Candidate quality matters,” said Erick Erickson, a longtime GOP commentator, of what he described as a disappointing display for Trump. “They were not good candidates. They had more loyalty to him than to anything else. The GOP can still win both [chambers] but this is not the night they expected.”

Trump’s allies acknowledged early returns fell short of high expectations — but remained optimistic about the GOP’s chances of taking full control of Congress.

“As President Trump looks to the future, he will continue to defend his America First agenda, which won overwhelmingly at the ballot box,” spokesman Taylor Budowich said. He called Trump’s win-loss record for approvals “a truly unprecedented achievement and something that is only possible because of President Trump’s ability to pick and choose winners.”

DeSantis’ allies trumpeted his resounding reelection Tuesday as a sign that the national GOP energy is behind him. The governor wrestled with Democrat Charlie Crist and looked to win Miami-Dade County, which has not been claimed by a Republican since former Governor Jeb Bush in 2002.

Still, it wasn’t just DeSantis among potential Trump challengers who seemed encouraged on Tuesday night, rather than afraid, to clear the field for Trump. sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.) used his victory speech to allude to his own potential aspirations, saying he wished his grandfather had “lived long enough to see maybe another man of color elected president of the United States.”

And Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin appeared on Fox News winking at his own ambitions. “It sounds like you’ve been thinking about it,” Fox host Brett Baier said of a run at the White House. Youngkin replied, “Well, I appreciate that. I am always humble in this discussion.”

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, who won re-election after surviving a primary challenge encouraged by Trump and well ahead of Trump’s senatorial candidate Herschel Walker on Tuesday, took an unusual swipe at Trump in his victory speech. He rubbed back at “presidents, both current and former” for criticizing his early move to lift pandemic restrictions.

Midterms are inevitably a referendum on the party in power, but Trump made this year about him too. Though he wasn’t on the ballot himself, it was “Trump ticket,” as he called his list of approved candidates in key states. How those candidates fare when votes are counted is sure to fuel Republican Party rifts over the electoral viability of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” movement after losses in 2018 and 2020.

Their success would encourage hardliners to continue reshaping the party into Trump’s image, while the loss of seats to be won would heighten concerns that Trump’s hold on the party is diminishing its chances of becoming independents and swinging voters.

“Trump candidates were a hindrance to the party and the coverage of all of our candidates,” said Bill Palatucci, a New Jersey Republican National Committee member and Trump critic who said Democrats wanted to send a message against Trump and his supporters, although he was not on the ballot. “We had to constantly distance ourselves from their support of the former president.”

Trump had by far the greatest influence on the GOP primaries of this cycle, with about 82 percent of his approved candidates (excluding incumbent officials) going to win, according to an analysis by the Washington Post. In some cases, Trump ducked in to jump on board with candidates already on their way to winning, such as Pennsylvania governor nominee Doug Mastriano. But for others, like Senate primary pager Mehmet Oz in the same state, Trump’s support was clearly decisive. But on Tuesday night, Mastriano was expected to lose dramatically and Oz was left behind in a tight race.

Trump was fishing to claim credit for Republican gains, with his team pointing to his 30 rallies, 50 personal fundraisers, 60 tele-rallies and robocalls, and more than $16 million in super PAC ads for offices across the state. in critical states.

“Well, I think if they win, I’d get all the credit,” he said in an interview posted Tuesday with the network NewsNation. “If they lose, I can’t blame it at all.”

Trump was determined to take the spotlight on Tuesday night by throwing a huge party in a gilded ballroom of his club and inviting current and former advisers to watch him speak, flanked by flags. He planned to interview staffers later this week and had his presidential announcement scheduled for next week, according to multiple advisers.

In anticipation of a Republican surge, Trump wanted to go as far as announcing his candidacy for president before Election Day, people familiar with the discussions said. But advisers talked him out of it, arguing that he could be drowned out by other news or blamed for mobilizing Democratic turnout.

As advisers managed to push back a formal announcement, Trump became increasingly explicit about his intentions, telling his supporters they would be “so happy very soon” and finally, at a rally on Monday, made a “very special announcement.” ” promised for the following Tuesday, November 15.

Part of his urgency, advisers said, stemmed from his desire to pressure other Republicans to get behind him and clear the field of potential rivals, especially DeSantis.

Trump has become more fixated on DeSantis than other potential rivals in 2024, watching his large crowds and getting frustrated with his positive coverage — while calling him ungrateful for Trump’s support in his 2018 campaign, allies say. He tested many nicknames and attacks before landing on “Ron DeSanctimonious” last week; advisers said the reception was mixed and he was not taking advantage of it this weekend.

On Monday night, Trump attacked DeSantis while speaking to reporters on his plane and even threatened to release harmful information about him if he fled.

“If he’s run away, I’ll tell you things about him that aren’t very flattering. I know more about him than anyone but maybe his wife, who really runs his campaign,” Trump told a small group of reporters, according to the Wall Street Journal.

“I think if he runs, he can hurt himself badly,” he said.


The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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