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‘Red Wave to Red Wedding’? US Midterms on a knife-edge

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The much-hyped surge in Republican support has not translated into votes for the party so far, but the race isn’t over yet.

Republicans are marginally ahead in the race for the House and Senate, but the outcome of a number of key seats remains in the balance.

Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro called the elections a ‘Red Wedding’ for the Republican Party – a reference to a wedding scene in Game of Thrones which turned into a massacre.

A number of Trump-endorsed candidates lost, leading many to question whether the former President’s influence was counter-productive. Poor candidate selection was also blamed.

The spectre of ‘election cheating’ by the Democrats is real according to some commentators and observers, including the Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, who stated in a press conference yesterday that Americans ‘know their elections are rigged’.

Another view – Trump is winning the 2022 Midterms.

Writing for Sputnik News, Ekaterina Blinova believed the results showed the opposite – that Trump is winning, and that a number of key battles still remain undecided.

Blinova wrote:

US left- and right-leaning media are presenting two different pictures of the unfolding midterms: the former claims that the “red wave” has not materialized; the latter is celebrating taking over the House and praying for victory in the battle for the Senate.
Likewise, the US left-wing press rushed to throw into doubt Donald Trump’s “king-making” abilities by claiming that not all of his “endorsements” played out well.

In particular, they point to Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Trump-endorsed Senate candidate in Pennsylvania, who is projected to lose to Democratic Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. In Michigan, two Trump-backed Republicans, Tudor Dixon and Kristina Karamo, lost gubernatorial and secretary of state bids, respectively. Two Trump-endorsed Republicans, Doug Mastriano and Tom Michels, lost gubernatorial races in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin; at least four Trump-backed GOP candidates have also been defeated by their Democratic peers while fighting for 17 House seats in swing states.

Still, many races remain undecided, while some of them may end in run-offs. The liberal media is speculating that the GOP may grow unwilling to nominate Trump in 2024 if the former president officially throws his hat into the ring.

In contrast, the US conservative press has placed emphasis on the GOP making progress in the House and projecting that the Republicans will solidly win the lower chamber. In addition to that, they are celebrating a spectacular win by Trump’s protégé Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida, the re-election of Trump-aligned Gov. Greg Abbott in Texas, as well as Trump-backed Kevin Stitt’s victory in the Oklahoma gubernatorial race. As of yet, at least five out of 11 Trump endorsees have won Senate seats rated as “competitive” by Cook Political Report. One seat was lost by Oz, but another five remain undecided.

US observers have particularly singled out Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance from Ohio and Katie Britt, a GOP hopeful who defeated Democrat Will Boyd in Alabama’s race for the upper chamber. “We endorsed Katie and she did fantastically, 68 to 30,” Trump said while making midterm remarks at Mar-a-Lago.

Some Trump endorsees are competing with their fellow Republicans: thus, the ex-president backed Kelly Tshibaka is seeking to replace Alaska US Senator Lisa Murkowski in a closely-watched race. Meanwhile, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), a devoted Trump ally who appears to have won reelection in the House, has already pledged to hold her party fellows “accountable.”

“I ran for Congress not just to defeat Democrats, but to hold my party accountable to the American people,” Greene stated on Wednesday.

All in all, the former president endorsed 200 candidates during the GOP primaries, with 37 of them fighting for highly contested seats. Meanwhile, the liberal press raised the alarm on November 9 that a total of 150 “2020 election deniers” are projected to have won the midterms race, in a reference to Trump supporters who believe that the latest presidential election was awash with irregularities and fraud.

The Trump political brand was put to the test on November 8, and it appears that the midterms bode well for the former president: the GOP’s projected win in the House will bring an end to the Dems-led probe into his supporters, with the January 6 Committee on Capitol Attack becoming thing of the past.

US Legacy Media report Trump ‘livid’ after ‘disappointing’ results

The anti-Trump US legacy mainstream media paints a different picture from that of Blinova, claiming the former President went into ‘a rage’ following the results.

According to these reports:

Former US President Donald Trump is “livid” and “screaming at everyone” following disappointing results for the Republicans in the midterm elections, US media reported on Wednesday, citing a Trump adviser.

Although Republicans were favored to win the House of Representatives going into Election Day, the party has yet to secure a majority as of Wednesday morning. The Senate likewise remains a toss-up.

Trump endorsed a number of Republican candidates around the country, some of whom were defeated by their Democratic opponents.

“They were all bad candidates,” the report cited the adviser as saying. “Candidates matter.”

This adviser added that Trump would unlikely delay his expected presidential campaign announcement next week because “it’s too humiliating to delay,” while many unknowns remain.

Democrats are “outperforming” midterm expectations, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said earlier in the day.

Tabulation to determine control of the House and Senate continues in several key states, including Arizona, Nevada, Georgia, and Wisconsin.

This may literally go down to the wire, with media reports stating the key senate race in Georgia will reportedly go to a December run-off.

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  1. Remember what these people behind the scenes did in 2020 election, do you really think they would not do the same in these elections?. They are pulling all the stops but it will not work.

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