Republicans across the country had bad results in the midterm elections, and some members of the party have started to move away from former President Donald Trump. Others have said they won’t vote for Trump in 2024.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., wouldn’t answer “a hypothetical” question about whether he would back Trump in 2024 on Sunday. Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, said that he will “save my endorsement for the 2024 race for another place and time.”
Republican critics of Trump who had spoken out against him before kept being against him. Chris Sununu, the governor of New Hampshire, said that he wouldn’t vote for Trump in 2024, and Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, said that he was “tired of losing” because of Trump.
With Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto’s win Saturday night, the Democrats now control the Senate. However, the House of Representatives is still up for grabs because there are still a few close races to be called on Sunday. The chamber is expected to go back to the Republicans, but any GOP majority is expected to be as small as the Senate’s.
So, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi didn’t say anything about her plans for the future on Sunday.
There Are Still 21 Open Seats In The House, So Democrats Will Have To Run The Table
Republicans have a much better chance than Democrats of taking control of the House. The Republicans have 211 seats and the Democrats have 203. There are still 21 races to be decided, so Democrats have a small chance of keeping control, but they’ll have to work hard to beat back Republican challenges.
Many of the races that haven’t been decided yet are in California, which is blue and where Democrats are on the defensive. Just to the north, in the blue state of Oregon, where Republicans have also made gains, two races are still too close to call.
And in New York, where Republicans did better than in the rest of the country, Republican Brandon Williams has a narrow lead over Democrat Francis Conole, 50.8% to 49.2%. This is the last race that hasn’t been called.
Cotton: The Gop Needs To “Focus On Serious, Substantive Achievements”
Sen. Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, said on Sunday morning that Republicans could have done better if the political climate had been more favourable from the start.
Cotton told CBS News’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation”: “Of course, we had hoped to win more seats.” Cotton made a reference to other ideas in the GOP that Republicans should pay more attention to policy.
“We need to work on big, important things like crime, our wide-open border, and out-of-control inflation,” Cotton, who was still optimistic about future elections, said.
Cotton also said that Trump “is obviously very popular with many of our voters,” but he didn’t say if he should stay in charge of the GOP. Cotton said, “When you’re on the other side, you don’t have a single leader.”
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Democrats Talk About Their Goals For The End-of-term Session
Republicans are close to taking control of the House, so Democrats are trying to get as much done as they can in the next few weeks, during the lame-duck session, before the new Congress is sworn in.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Democrat from Maryland, told CBS’s Margaret Brennan on “Face the Nation” that Democrats will try to pass the Electoral Count Reform Act. This bill aims to clear up legal ambiguities that Trump and his allies tried to use to change the results of the 2020 election.
Raskin said, “That’s the very least that we need to do.” Anita Dunn, Biden’s top advisor, also told Brennan that the White House will try to get more money for Ukraine and emergency money for Florida and Puerto Rico because of Hurricanes Ian and Fiona.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times after Democrats won the Senate. In it, she called on her colleagues to make the next “lame-duck session of Congress the most productive in decades.” “Where we can change the law through legislation, we should fight hard,” Warren wrote. “When Republicans try to stop this kind of action and the president can do it on his own, he must.”
Cassidy: Republicans Should Focus On Policies
Sen. Bill Cassidy told Chuck Todd of NBC News that Republicans won’t do well in elections as long as they don’t campaign on policy issues “that make people’s lives better.”
“Winning is the point of elections. “So if people look at these election results and decide that’s where they want us to stay, we’re not going to do well,” said Louisiana Representative Cassidy on “Meet the Press.” “Being anti-woke is important to us. Now, let’s come up with a set of policies that actually make people’s lives better.”
Cassidy also said that the 2024 Republican nominee for president “should be about the future.” When asked if he would back Trump if he ran for office again, he said he wouldn’t answer “a hypothetical.”
The White House Is Still Hopeful That Congress Will Be Split
Anita Dunn, Biden’s top adviser, said she was hopeful that the White House and a GOP-led House could work together.
“Biden will extend his hand to work with the Republicans. And the question is if they will reach out and take his hand.” Margaret Brennan of CBS’s “Face the Nation” talked to Dunn about this. “People who vote in this country will expect their leaders to work together,”
If the GOP wins back control of the House, they are likely to investigate Biden aggressively. Dunn said that the White House will work with any investigations that are started. “Obviously the White House has and will continue to play with fair and legitimate oversight because we are a White House that respects norms and the rule of law,” Dunn said.
What Races Are Uncalled?
Democrats still have a rare chance to win a House seat in Colorado. Rep. Lauren Boebert, a fiery Republican, is still in a dead heat with Rep. Adam Frisch, a Democrat. At 50.2% to 49.8%, Boebert is ahead by less than half a percentage point.
And in southern California, Democratic Rep. Katie Porter is on the defensive, but her lead over Republican Scott Baugh has grown a little, from 51.3% to 48.7%. The race for governor in Arizona is close between a Democratic secretary of state who is leaving office and a Republican who is very against elections. Katie Hobbs, a Democrat, and Kari Lake, a Republican, are tied, with Hobbs having a slight lead at 50.7% to 49.3%. About 265,000 votes have not yet been counted.
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