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Trump news latest: DeSantis declared ‘new leader of GOP’ as awkward party photos emerge from Mar-a-Lago

‘Get ready’: Trump says he will ‘very probably’ run again for president in 2024

Florida’s Republican governor Ron DeSantis has cruised into a second term despite an ominous pre-election threat from Donald Trump, according to projections by The Associated Press.

Mr Trump had warned that Mr DeSantis “could hurt himself very badly” if he attempts to run for president in 2024, as many people have speculated that he might.

“It would appear this morning this is Ron DeSantis’s party and not Donald Trump’s,” Willie Geist said on MSNBC.

Party photos from Mar-a-Lago began to emerge on Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the former president himself wasted no time in pushing baseless claims of vote fraud and calling for his followers to protest before the midterm polls had even closed.

His party appears to have had an extremely disappointing night. Despite Joe Biden’s grim approval rating, the GOP lost a crucial Senate seat in Pennsylvania and is struggling to net the two others it needs to take control of the chamber. The House, meanwhile, is still in play, with Democrats holding a higher-than-expected number of vulnerable seats across the country.

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Trump spokesman claims ‘America First agenda won overwhelmingly at the ballot box’ as GOP flooders

Trump spokesman Taylor Budovich claimed that the former president’s agenda “won” at the ballot box despite the GOP performing much worse than expected.

“As President Trump looks to the future, he will continue to champion his America First agenda that won overwhelmingly at the ballot box,” he said, according to The Washington Post.

He claimed that Mr Trump’s record on endorsements is “a truly unprecedented accomplishment and something only possible because of President Trump’s ability to pick and elect winners”.

Gustaf Kilander9 November 2022 15:30

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Trump-endorsed candidates ‘had more allegiance to him than anything else,’ GOP commentator says

The red wave Mr Trump had been hoping to take credit for before announcing his 2024 candidacy has failed to appear.

GOP commentator Erick Erickson told The Washington Post that “candidate quality matters” as many Republicans have fumed at Mr Trump’s willingness to support radical candidates, some of which have turned out to be unpalatable to the wider electorate.

“They weren’t good candidates. They had more allegiance to him than anything else. The GOP might still win both [chambers] but this is not the night they expected,” Mr Erickson added.

Gustaf Kilander9 November 2022 15:00

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Political observers share takes on Trump’s impact on Republican midterm performance

Political observers took to Twitter to share takes on Mr Trump’s impact on the Republican midterm performance early on Wednesday as incoming results revealed a better-than-expected showing for the Democrats.

“No matter how Trump or MAGA try to spin it, that was an epic disaster for them. They were certain of a 3-4 seat majority in Senate and 25-30 seat majority in House while picking up several governorships and Secs of State. None of that happened. What a historic day,” lawyer Ron Filipkowski tweeted.

Sahil Kapur of NBC News shared a theory that “Donald Trump converted swaths of college-educated regulars into Democrats and made the GOP coalition more connecting on low-propensity voters who don’t care for typical Republican candidates and vote irregularly in off-year elections”.

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki wrote that the Democrats “have a Florida problem, but Republicans have a Trump problem that seems harder to solve”.

Fox News White House Correspondent Jacqui Heinrich tweeted that she was told by a Republican source that “if it wasn’t clear before it should be now. We have a Trump problem”.

Gustaf Kilander9 November 2022 14:30

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Party photos emerge from Mar-a-Lago

Gustaf KilanderNov 9, 2022 2:13 p.m.

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Morning Joe celebrates Trump ‘losing’ America: ‘Desantis is GOP leader now’

While congressional control is yet to be decided, it’s become clear that the “red wave” foreseen by some in the Republican Party hasn’t come to pass. The GOP looks set to see some of the worst results in decades by a party not in control of the White House in the first midterm elections of a presidential term.

“Hey, Donald Trump,” Joe Scarborough said. “Meet Boris Johnson,” he said in reference to the UK prime minister who was ousted this summer after a series of scandals and a tsunami of ministerial resignations.

“There was a coronation last night, probably as grand as King Charles III’s coronation will be in the spring, and it was Ron DeSantis in Florida!” Mr Scarborough said. “Massive victory down there. Right?”

The former Florida Republican congressman said that “unfortunately, Donald Trump lost the rest of America”.

“Now, I’m not going to say this is the end of Donald Trump, but there are a lot of Republicans this morning waking up going, wait a second ‘Ron Desantis is winning Miami-Dade outright and winning 20 percentage points in the state historically while Donald Trump is tweeting cheering against Republicans’,” he added.

“I don’t think last night was a good win for Donald,” Mr Scarborough said, pointing to Mr DeSantis’s win.

Co-host Willie Geist said, “to your point, Ron Desantis winning by almost 20 points in Florida, remaking the map. Remaking the Obama coalition. Winning, flipping by 20 points from a couple of years ago, Latino voters. It would appear this morning this is Ron Desantis’s party and not Donald Trump’s.”

“It’s not Trump’s,” Mr Scarborough said. “Everything Trump touches politically dies.”

Gustaf Kilander9 November 2022 14:00

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Trump bashes GOP New Hampshire nominee who backtracked on election denialism

Mr Trump spoke briefly to the assembled press at Mar-a-Lago as he bragged about candidates he endorsed winning their contests.

“Wouldn’t that be funny if we were better in the general election than on the [primary] nominations,” he said, according to The Washington Post.

The former president spent election night with advisors and donors who have been at his side for a long time. They all expected the Republicans to perform better.

After leaving the spotlight on Tuesday night, Mr Trump took to Truth Social to bash Dan Bolduc, the GOP New Hampshire nominee who backtracked on his election denialism but still lost to Democratic incumbent Maggie Hassan.

“Don Bolduc was a very nice guy, but he lost tonight when he disavowed, after his big primary win, his longstanding stance on Election Fraud in the 2020 Presidential Primary. Had he stayed strong and true, he would have won, easily. Lessons Learned!!!” Mr Trump wrote.

Gustaf KilanderNovember 9, 2022 1:30 p.m.

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Trump leaves DeSantis out of election night congratulations speech

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis won re-election by a 20-point margin, 15 points above Mr Trump’s win in the 2020 presidential race in the Sunshine State.

At his victory party, supporters chanted “two more years” as they pushed the governor to run for president in 2024 before the end of his gubernatorial term.

Mr Trump’s election night event was subdued by a tropical storm moving towards Mar-a-Lago. On Wednesday morning, the private club was in a mandatory evacuation zone, according to The Washington Post.

The former president made a brief speech on Tuesday night, thanked the press for attending, bragged about candidates he endorsed winning their races, and congratulated some Republicans who had won and some who were in the lead as ballots were being counted.

But he didn’t mention Mr DeSantis.

Gustaf KilanderNov 9, 2022 1:00 p.m.

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Trump goes to bed celebrating a “great evening”

Having “truthed” steadily as last night’s results came in, Donald Trump rounded off the evening by celebrating a “great night” – specifically, for the candidates he endorsed – and accusing the media of spinning the result against him. Given what’s transpired in the intervening six hours, it is not clear if he will feel the same way when he wakes up.

Andrew Naughty9 November 2022 12:30

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Lara Trump tees up father-in-law’s comeback

Donald Trump’s famously upbeat daughter-in-law Lara, married to his son Eric, has come out swinging for the former president despite the blow last night will have dealt to his reputation as a sure winner:

Andrew Naughty9 November 2022 12:00

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Another reason for Trump to worry

A resentful and humiliated Republican Party is far from Donald Trump’s only problem after last night’s surprising results. As Politico’s Kyle Cheney reports, there are now two full years in which his myriad legal troubles can engulf him:

Among the figures most intimidating to the former president is New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is suing him and his company for allegedly engaging in multi-million dollar tax fraud in their real estate business. She was handily re-elected last night, as expected. Maroosha Muffazar reports:

Andrew NaughtyNov 9, 2022 11:30 a.m.