The night started out amazingly well.
Governor Ron DeSantis and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) pulled votes from areas of Florida that were about as deep blue as they could possibly be.
Governor Kemp buried Stace Abrams in Georgia.
Governor Abbott crushed Beto O’Rourke in Texas.
Then the wheels fell off.
Trump Candidates Bomb
The race was always going to hinge on Trump’s battleground candidates, as I have stated many times.
Virtually all of the key races that Trump candidates were running failed.
In gubernatorial races, Darren Bailey (IL), Dan Cox (MD), Geoff Diehl (MA), Tudor Dixon (MI), Lee Zeldin (NY), Doug Mastriano (PA), and Tim Michels (WI) all lost their respective races.
Kari Lake (AZ) was still losing as of this report, but there was only 62 percent of the vote counted and she had made up significant ground.
With more election day votes now counted, Joe Lombardo (NV) has taken a slight lead and if the Senate race there is any indication, he will start to pull away.
The most embarrassing loss for Trump was in PA, where his hand-picked candidate, Mehmet Oz, lost to radical leftist John Fetterman.
If there was ever an argument to ensure all debates happen before early voting starts, that race was it.
JD Vance did win his race in Ohio, but it was a costly win and Trump’s only real big win.
The downside of this race was that so much money was needed to keep this seat that it clearly cost Republicans in other races.
There are going to be a lot of questions about the fact that Trump’s Save America PAC spent virtually nothing on candidates even though it had more than $250 million at one point.
On the bright side, even though there are still a lot of elections to call, it would appear that the GOP will take control of the House.
Arizona, Georgia, and Nevada are still up in the air, so we still don’t know how the Senate will play out.
It does now appear that we could take Nevada, which should lock us into a 50-50 Senate at worst.
If we can snag either Arizona or Georgia in what will apparently be a runoff, we get the majority.
The one good thing that came out of this election was that the GOP made inroads into several different areas.
This was a wake-up call for GOP voters that Trump’s influence is over in terms of winning elections.
This does not bode well for Trump’s chances in 2024 and I believe he should step aside and allow DeSantis to ride this momentum to the White House.
We cannot risk losing that election in 2024 and these results prove that is very much a possibility if he runs.
Source: Fox News