Donald Trump may have held dozens of rallies for the midterm elections this year, but he shouldn’t get all the credit for Republicans keeping the Senate red, Fox host Chris Wallace said.
This year has been “historically difficult” for the Democrats, the Fox News anchor said. The Democrats had to defend 26 seats in the Senate compared to the Republicans’ having only nine to defend. “I’m not in any way trying to diminish Donald Trump’s efforts or the fact that he has held onto the Senate, or the importance of it,” he said. But, he pointed out, some of the states that Republicans have won are traditionally Republican to begin with, including North Carolina, Indiana and Texas. “Yes, it is a victory for Donald Trump, but I think it is a tremendous overstatement to say Donald Trump pulled a hat out of the bag.”
“We are overstating the importance — not the importance — but giving too much credit to Donald Trump for holding on to the Senate.”
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The president has been hosting rallies for the midterm elections since March, and more than 20 between the beginning of October and Election day. Since Oct. 1, he has visited:
• Tennessee (twice), Mississippi, Minnesota, Kansas, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Ohio (twice), Kentucky, Montana (twice), Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Illinois, Florida (twice), Missouri (twice), West Virginia, Indiana (twice) and Georgia.
So far, the Republican candidates for the Senate in Indiana (Mike Braun), Tennessee (Marsha Blackburn), Texas (Ted Cruz), North Dakota (Kevin Cramer) are all the projected winners, and Rick Scott (Florida) and Josh Hawley (Missouri) also are winning. Ron DeSantis and Mike DeWine won their gubernatorial contests, and Brian Kemp was winning in Georgia.
Trump may fall short in Montana where he supported Matt Rosendale over Tester, as well as Rep. Greg Gianforte over Kathleen Williams.
The president said two days before the elections he planned to focus on the Senate, knowing he may lose the House of Republicans to the Democrats.
And on Tuesday, he claimed victory.
Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 7, 2018
Alessandra Malito is a personal finance reporter based in New York. You can follow her on Twitter @malito_ali.
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