In an interview before polls closed on Tuesday, he made this remarkable observation: “Well, I think if they win, I should get all the credit, and if they lose, I should not be blamed at all.”
Who Will Control Congress? Here’s When We’ll Know.
Much remains uncertain. For the second Election Day in a row, election night ended without a clear winner. Nate Cohn, The Times’s chief political analyst, takes a look at the state of the races for the House and Senate, and when we might know the outcome:
A day later, the 45th president was reportedly blaming his wife for suggesting he endorse Mehmet Oz — all while taking ALL CAPS swings on social media at the Republicans he argued should have hugged him more tightly.
Assessing the outcome on Truth Social, he wrote, “While in certain ways yesterday’s election was somewhat disappointing, from my personal standpoint it was a very big victory.”
Few other Republicans shared that view, and the harsh judgments came fast and furious.
Marc Thiessen, a former speechwriter for George W. Bush during his presidency, called the outcome “a searing indictment of the Republican Party” that demanded “a really deep introspection look in the mirror.”
When Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate leader, was asked for his reaction to the election results, he said, “I don’t deal in feelings.” But Scott Jennings, one of his former deputies, tweeted what many assume McConnell thinks: “How could you look at these results tonight and conclude Trump has any chance of winning a national election in 2024?”
The Republican lieutenant governor of Georgia, Geoff Duncan, warned Trump to stay out of the Peach State. “I can’t imagine anybody would think Donald Trump would be a tailwind to Herschel Walker’s campaign in a runoff scenario,” he told CNN. “I can’t imagine anybody doing that calculus, except for one person, and that would be Donald Trump.”
Conservative pundits found succor in Ron DeSantis’s rout of Representative Charlie Crist in Florida, or Gov. Brian Kemp’s easy dispatch of Stacey Abrams in Georgia, or Gov. Greg Abbott’s defeat of Beto O’Rourke in Texas. Even DeWine, a 75-year-old war horse of Ohio’s wheezing Republican establishment, had his admirers.