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Former President Donald Trump launched a scathing attack on social media on Thursday, denying reports that he is angry about the election results and dismissing claims he blamed his close confidants for the high-profile losses as the mid-term The result shook its grip on the GOP and compromised its prospects. Coming back in 2024.

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Trump on Thursday countered reports that he blamed his wife Melania Trump and Fox News host Sean Hannity for urging him to back Pennsylvania Senate candidate Mehmet Oz, who was defeated on Tuesday when Lt. Gov. Fetterman changed the seat from red to blue.

Trump claimed in one of five Truth Social posts on Thursday that Oz was “losing” before endorsing him, but in reality, neither Oz nor Fetterman had won their primaries when Trump defeated Trump in April. announced his support for Oz after the initial pick of . Race, Sean Parnell, dropped out amid claims of abusing his ex-wife.

Trump suggested that Oz lost the vote by making the “mistake” of denying the results of the 2020 presidential election, and while Oz shrugged off the election denial at the end of his campaign, he previously said the country “is not moving forward”. from the loss of Trump and his campaign staff on at least two January 6 marchers, Rolling stone informed of.

The former president essentially broke ties with Fox News—which hosted one-time Trump aides and conservative pundits—in the wake of Election Day. criticized the former president As for the GOP’s sleazy performance-writing: “Fox News was always gone . . . but now they’re really gone.”

As votes are counted in important Senate and gubernatorial races in Nevada and Arizona, Trump claimed that Nevada has a “corrupt voting system” and that Arizona “wants more time to cheat”, but instead any No evidence of fraud has been found in the state. An increase in absentee ballots in both states and voting-machine glitches in Arizona have delayed results.

Clark County on Thursday called Trump’s claims ‘outrageous’ a statement He added that he “clearly still has misinformation about the law and our election procedures.”

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In addition to Oz, the Trump-backed candidate lost ballots up and down, from secretary of state and governor contests to House and Senate races. Candidates who helped Trump advance false claims unfairly lost the 2020 election in Michigan (Tudor Dixon), New York (Lee Zeldin) and Pennsylvania (Doug Mastriano). Republican Rep. and Colorado's Trump ally Lauren Boebert is hanging on to her seat by a few hundred votes in a race that has yet to be called. Trump's choice in the Georgia Senate contest, Herschelle Walker received fewer votes than Sen. Raphael Warnock, and the race will now head to a runoff. Meanwhile, Trump's enemies have won. Republican Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who refused to help defraud Trump in the 2020 presidential election, won re-election. Trump Nemesis and Republican Rep. Democratic candidates in Liz Cheney's Virginia, Rep. Abigail Spanberger and Rep. in Michigan. Alyssa Slotkin wins her competitive house race. In a significant blow to Trump's 2024 presidential aspirations, his former hero-contestant for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, won re-election by a huge margin and was elected by Miami-Dade in 2002. The latter became the first Republican. County. In the aftermath of the damage, reports emerged that Trump was flailing at Mar-a-Lago. In a rare but scathing acknowledgment of defeat, Trump acknowledged Wednesday that the midterm results were "somewhat disappointing" in a post on Truth Social.

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Alleged Trump advisor push him To delay his announcement that he would run for president in 2024 until the Georgia Senate runoff on December 6, so that the party could focus its efforts on electing Walker.

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48. That's the percentage of Republican voters in a new Morning Consult poll taken ahead of Tuesday's election who said they would support Trump in the 2024 presidential primary, down from 57% in August. Meanwhile, DeSantis' popularity has soared, with 26% of voters saying they would support him in the latest poll, compared to 18% in August.

Trump-backed candidates have mixed performance in the midterm—and Trump is reportedly furious (Forbes)