The predicted Republican “red wave” appeared to have become more of a ripple as Democrats hung on in some key races in the US midterm elections Tuesday.
Democrats flipped a key senate seat while some Trump-backed candidates were defeated.
According to The Guardian, Donald Trump is “widely seen as the night’s biggest loser as so many of his endorsed candidates failed and he was being blamed by members of his own party.”
However, according to Ballotpedia, Trump’s scorecard for the 2022 midterms was on par with past performance, percentage-wise.
In 2022, Trump endorsed 241 candidates in the primaries with a 93% success rate. Moving into the general election, Trump endorsed a total of 254 candidates with a 78% success rate, in line with his 2020 endorsement percentage, according to Ballotpedia.
While the defeats have been widely reported, the successes haven’t garnered as much attention.
A Florida race that has garnered little attention on mainstream media is Trump-endorsed Republican Anna Paulina Luna, an Air Force veteran who beat Democrat Eric Lynn by a margin of 53 percent to 45 percent in Pinellas County’s Congressional District 13, flipping a blue seat red.
Luna will take the place of former U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, the unsuccessful Democratic gubernatorial candidate who Florida Governor Ron DeSantis easily beat on Tuesday with 4.6 million votes to challenger Crist’s 3.1 million.
Trump-backed candidates also racked up wins in such contests as the Ohio Senate race, in which Republican J.D. Vance beat Rep. Tim Ryan (D), and the Utah Senate race, in which Sen. Mike Lee (R) kept his seat against independent challenger Evan McMullin.
Early Thursday morning Trump fired back at the media, calling their midterm reporting “unrecognizable junk.”
“Incredible how dishonest the Fake News Media is. The Failing New York Times has gone crazy. So many of the people I Endorsed went on to victory on Tuesday Night, nobody was even close, and they literally make up a story refusing to write the facts, and only quoting enemies and losers. Almost all of the people I endorsed WON, yet if you read the story from two Trump hating writers (who only do as they are told!), you would not even recognize the truth. They truly are, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!!!,” Trump said on Truth social Thursday.
Trump added, “…219 WINS against 16 LOSSES IN THE GENERAL ELECTION, and yet the Fake News writes only unrecognizable junk. No wonder they are all doing sooo badly!”
Trump told the streaming service, NewsNation, on Tuesday that when candidates “do well” he gets no credit, but when they perform poorly, he gets the blame.
“Usually what would happen is, when they do well, I won’t be given any credit, and if they do badly, they will blame everything on me,” Trump said. “So I’m prepared for anything, but we’ll defend ourselves.”
Trump has said he plans to make a “very big announcement” on November 15, which is widely expected to be his announcement of his 2024 presidential campaign.