Donald Trump’s chances of winning the 2024 Republican Party Presidential nomination and winning back the keys to The White House have been “hurt”, according to a US political expert. Speaking to Express.co.uk Simon Dolan, author of Trump: The Hidden Halo, commented on the former POTUS’ chances of reelection after Republican candidates backed by Mr Trump performed poorly in the midterms.
The former racing driver said that Mr Trump should back Ron DeSantis who is widely seen as his main opponent and was reelected as Florida Governor in a landslide victory.
He said: “This will undoubtedly hurt Trump’s 2024 chances.
“The candidates he endorsed, and those who aligned most closely to him, lost in races where they were favoured to win.
“Voters have shown that an alignment with Trump isn’t the key to victory, but rather, a clear agenda is.
“Ken Griffin, the largest GOP donor by far, has thrown his weight behind DeSantis.
“The landslide in Florida will prompt many donors to follow his lead and back DeSantis over Trump I believe.
“If Trump wants to do what is good for America he would stand aside and back DS.
“Unfortunately, as much as Trump loves his country, he loves Donald Trump just a little more.”
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Mr Dolan added that Ron DeSantis’ landslide win in Florida is likely to consolidate his status as Donald Trump’s most most likely rival for the Republican nomination.
He said: “The Republican Landslide in Florida, with Ron DeSantis winning by the largest margin in decades, and the first GOP Supermajorities in both chambers, has solidified the state as Republican: a strong departure from decades as a Democrat-leaning swing state.
“Many have seen this as proof that strong conservative governance is key to winning over voters, including fighting ‘culture wars’.
“This immense over-performance likely increases DeSantis’s 2024 chances: his ability to unify the Republican Party, and prove his policies are popular, provides strong competition to Trump in the GOP Presidential Primary.”
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Control of the chamber is set to be decided by a runoff election in Georgia between Democrat incumbent Raphael Warnock and Republican Herschel Walker.
In the House, where 218 seats are needed for a majority, the Democrats have 203 seats having lost 8 while the Republicans have 212 having gained 7.
Republicans are currently leading races in Arizona, California , New York and New Mexico and Virginia, indicating that they may still narrowly take control of the House.