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Republican Senator: Trump Republicans ‘underperformed’ in the Midterm Elections
Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) said on Sunday that Republican candidates who supported former President Trump were to blame for the midterm losses and that the GOP needed to “explain to the American people where we think the party should go.”
On election day, Cassidy admitted to Chuck Todd, the host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” that those candidates “underperformed.” Those Republican candidates, according to Cassidy, “who were talking about the future and who had handled their states well, they overperformed.” “The people of America desire ideas and a future.”
When he claimed that Trump-backed politicians underperformed in the 2022 midterm elections, Cassidy claimed that he was doing so “empirically.” The senator remarked, “Those firmly associated with the past, those are the ones that underperformed.” “Our party needs to engage in an intellectual discussion. In that discussion, we must make clear to the American people the direction we believe our nation should take.
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— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) November 13, 2022
Prior to election day, Republicans were predicted to take over the House and had a strong chance of winning a Senate majority due to President Biden’s poor job approval ratings and a 40-year high in inflation. And traditionally, midterm elections typically result in seat losses for the ruling party.
Graham supports requests to postpone the election for Senate leadership. Progressive Chavez-DeRemer, a Republican, defeats the Biden-backed Oregon Democrat. But on election day, Democrats fared better than predicted, and on Saturday, they won the majority in the Senate. The size of that majority will now depend on a crucial Georgia race that will go to a runoff.
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Republicans only need seven seats to win a majority in the House, while Democrats need 17, with roughly twenty-four districts still to be called. But any GOP advantage before election day is probably smaller than expected.
Some commentators have said that Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of voting fraud in the 2020 election and the fact that abortion rights were a big issue for voters were major factors in the GOP’s performance. Trump also favored candidates who supported him.