Trump Reacts To Midterm Results

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Diana Glebova White House Correspondent
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Former President Donald Trump celebrated the outcome of the 2022 midterms late Tuesday night, posting that it was “a great evening,” and congratulating winning Republican candidates.

“174 wins and 9 losses, A GREAT EVENING, and the Fake News Media, together with their partner in crime, the Democrats, are doing everything possible to play it down. Amazing job by some really fantastic candidates!” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

The Republican Party scored several notable victories on Election Day, including a strong performance from Ohio Senator-elect JD Vance against Democrat Tim Ryan. Former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won the Arkansas gubernatorial race, becoming the first woman to do so, and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis defeated Democrat Charlie Crist by nearly 20 points.

Republicans still have a chance to win the Senate and the House, but the predicted “red wave” did not materialize in either chamber. The GOP currently stands at 47 seats in the Senate with leads in Wisconsin and Nevada and a runoff between two Republican candidates in Alaska, according to the Associated Press. To get to a majority, Republicans would need to win in either Georgia, where Democratic incumbent Sen. Raphael Warnock is likely headed to a runoff against Republican challenger Herschel Walker, or in Arizona, where as of late Wednesday morning, The New York Times showed the race leaning toward Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Kelly.

In the House, Republicans are leading with 199 seats compared to the Democrats’ 174. Neither party has yet secured the 218 seats needed for a majority, but the Times gave the GOP an 83% chance of taking back the chamber as of 4 a.m. Wednesday. (RELATED: GOP Hopes Dashed On The Rocks)

Trump endorsed over 400 candidates in the midterm elections, according to Ballotpedia, including Senate candidates in Pennsylvania, Georgia and Arizona. His picked candidates have underperformed in those three key states, with a notable loss from Republican Pennsylvania candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. (RELATED: Democratic Lt. Pennsylvania Gov. John Fetterman Beats Dr. Oz In Senate Race)

The Senate races in Georgia and Arizona are too close to call, but Trump-endorsed Herschel Walker and Blake Masters are both slightly trailing behind their Democrat opponents, according to the Associated Press.

Trump-backed Republican Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert is also unexpectedly trailing Democrat Adam Frisch by less than 4,000 votes, according to the AP.