Trump grapples with 2024 questions amid GOP midterm disappointment | CNN Politics

Palm Beach, Florida CNN — Donald Trump wants to jump into his third presidential campaign, fueled by a wave of Republican midterm victories. Instead, he showed up on Tuesday’s overwhelming Election Night, when he was faced with questions about his political future and the momentum behind Florida’s governor. Ron DeSantis is a potential major nemesis in the 2024 primary. With major primaries still early in Arizona and Nevada and with Georgia ahead of the Senate runoff, Trump entered Wednesday with little to no victory on every side and likely to be overshadowed by further losses soon. The candidate he chose for the senators in Ohio and North Carolina won, as did the incumbent Republican senator. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. However, he lost an important Senate primary in Pennsylvania, and Mehmet Oz, who he supported in the primary despite widespread concerns about the possibility of an election, was replaced by Democrat Lt. Defeated by Gov. John Peterman. In Michigan, Trump failed to oust the governor in the primaries. Gretchen Whitmer. And while Republicans still appear to be on track to secure a House majority, they are likely to be much thinner than initially thought. “As Trump is in the Republican Party, we learned that he can’t anoint a winner. “We still need candidates with the basics,” said Brian Lanza, a longtime Trump adviser. Others were more blunt in their assessment of Tuesday’s known results. representative. Troy Nels, a Texas Republican who won re-election and supported Trump, in a radio interview on Wednesday, presented the former president as a distraction to other Republican candidates. “There are a lot of negative attitudes toward Trump,” Nehls said. In a statement to CNN after the article was published, the congressman continued to support Trump and said he would “support him as the 47th president.” Wednesday morning, fear of reprisals The current Trump adviser, who has requested anonymity, admits that Trump is “in a difficult situation starting tonight.” keenly aware of his unprecedented involvement in the Republican primary, Lee and other Trump allies said they expect the former president to be criticized for elevating a flawed candidate in the party’s most important primary, particularly weekly talk show host Oz, who said he Barely residing in Pennsylvania before starting his Senate campaign there, Trump’s disappointment could be felt in the lavish ballroom of the Mar-a-Lago estate and gathered with dozens of aides, allies and donors on Tuesday evening to see the profits. His mood changed markedly when he returned to a half-party after a private dinner. He shouted to reporters, “It’s an interesting evening,” and made short, spur-of-the-moment remarks before going on stage. sat at a table in front of a television tuned to Fox News, along with advisers from other studios across the country, including some guests whose names were on the VIP list circulated to reporters by President Trump, who appeared to have decided to skip the event. The end result was the exact scenario Trump’s aides wanted to avoid: an election in which his top recruits failed or failed and his major Republican rival rose to new stardom, according to sources familiar with the matter. party at the end of the night in a bad mood, outraged by his interest in DeSantis, who was re-elected with a terrible victory and became the first Republican governor to lead Miami-Dade County. It happened. A densely populated and diverse area for the first time in 20 years. Just hours before the Florida governor’s victory, Trump threatened to provide inappropriate information about DeSantis to reporters aboard flight 757, and was more “gracious” in winning Trump’s backing in his 2018 bid for the governor’s mansion. He criticized DeSantis for suggesting that he could. “It wasn’t a good night for Trump and he made 2024 more competitive,” said one Republican. By Wednesday morning, Trump was in touch with allies in the voting states in early 2024 as he worked to develop a message that could move him forward, according to two men briefed about the meeting. In Iowa, Trump plans to advertise that Republican Brenna Bird lost to incumbent Democrat Attorney General Tom Miller, despite not supporting Bird until November 5, three days before the election. The source said one of the biggest questions he’s grappling with while he plans the next steps is how to approach DeSantis. A Trump adviser said on Tuesday that the Florida governor had “already had some time, but the intensity of the spotlight quadrupled” before the big success. Trump’s adviser, referring to a “major announcement” mocked by November 15, which is expected to officially declare a third presidential campaign at the White House on November 15, “we have to figure out how to get it back before next Tuesday.” He added. Home. DeSantis’ strength was reflected in a CNN exit poll on Tuesday, which showed the Republican governor is exceeding President Joe Biden’s victory margin among Latino voters in Florida in 2020 and maintaining a small edge among independents. . Both data points could prove a strong GOP primary between DeSantis and Trump in 2020, which infiltrated black and Hispanic voters in some states, but not as much as Florida Republicans. Two people close to the former president said they were baffled by publicly setting the expected election announcement date before the midterm election results were released. He didn’t want to use the event as a starting site for his campaign. “He must [announce]”, said a source close to Trump. “You must be embarrassed.” Another Trump ally said: “It would be less embarrassing to delay than to be silent for now.” Some Trump aides said a runoff vote in Georgia could help the former president delay the announcement and save face. There was hope, Trump advisor Jason Miller said Herschel Walker would face a Democrat Senator, CNN predicted on Wednesday that Raphael Warnock should be the priority in the December 6 runoff. “I will advise you to postpone the match until after the runoff.” Others expect the advice to be deaf. A source has so far resisted claims that Trump should delay his announcement, Wednesday morning. To this day, he has pointed out to his former president’s aides that it’s still unclear how he will handle his ambitions in 2024. Will he go ahead with the challenge, launch a campaign ignoring the potential hurdles ahead, or enjoy a rare recalculation? One of his advisers said, “I could see Republicans accusing everyone except himself and claiming that Republicans didn’t come out in droves because he’s not an idiot.” For Trump, Tuesday’s overwhelming outcome was his modern predecessor. Following months of intense engagement in the mid-cycle that marked a notable departure from their post-presidency activity, as early as last summer, he began recruiting major Senate candidates to make false claims about the 2020 elections. “He wanted to be seen as a legendary kingmaker,” a Trump campaign official said. By the spring of this year, Trump had personally intervened in the primary primaries, supporting the candidate he considers the most MAGA, in a statement and in Truth Social posts. He began by criticizing his opponents and explicitly ignoring the advice of some of his advisers to stay still until the general election. By having loyal elected officials set up in Washington and the mansions of major governors, he argued, it would eventually pay the dividend. In many cases, even candidates that Trump did not support used familiar phrases like “America First” or “MAGA Fighter” or images of him on their campaign websites. Throughout the cycle, GOP contenders regularly trekked through Mar-a-Lago to seek his support. Others have poured thousands of dollars into hosting a fundraising event at a waterfront property, hoping the former president will remember their dedication and receive support. Trump spent the last few weeks on MAGA Inc. By spending more than $16 million through the Super PAC, he supported many of his hand-picked candidates, linking Biden’s primary goals with Democrats wrestling with declining preferences during his first two years. in his office. Hours before the results on Tuesday, Trump’s team distributed memos touting “unprecedented success in 2022,” quantifying his campaign trail and support for the Republican nominee. “President Donald J. Trump has supported more than 330 candidates in this election cycle,” the memo added, adding that Trump has “raised nearly $350 million” for Republican candidates and all parties since he took office. It’s unclear how many of the hundreds of candidates Trump backed on Tuesday won as votes are still being counted in some states. What is clear is that Trump allies entered Tuesday night believing it would be an undeniable success for the 45th president. When he met with other Trump campaign alumni in Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday, Miller described the former president as a “tycoon” at the start of the evening. “It’s going to be a much different party now because of the Trump MAGA movement,” Miller predicted. Asked about the 330 supporters who could shape his own political future, Trump began the night in an interview with NewsNation hours before the end of the vote, suggesting that he should stand on the other side of the spotless midterm elections. all credit. Even if they lose, I shouldn’t be blamed at all,” he said. This story has been updated with additional statements from the legislator. Troy Nels.

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