Battleground States Reject Trump’s Agenda


538’s poll of Donald Trump’s favorability among Americans as of December 7, 2022.

Dominic Niyo, assistant editor

The 2022 midterm elections became a huge disappointment for former president Donald Trump and his allies after many of their endorsed candidates failed to win election bids to their Democrat opponents throughout the country.   

On average, the incumbent President’s party expects to lose 4 seats in the Senate and 27 House seats in the midterm elections, with the only exceptions being in 1998 and 2002, when both presidents had a high approval rating.

According to a Gallup Poll, Clinton had a 66% approval rating in 1998 and Bush in 2002, had an approval rating of 63% compared to Biden’s current 42% approval rating. Yet, the Democratic Party still defied the odds. Many polls and mainstream media outlets predicted a ‘red wave’ but in reality, it turned out to be a ‘red splash’ instead.

While the Republicans were successful in regaining the House, with their projected net gain of 9 seats, they would only have a 5-seat majority, limiting Republican House Leader, Kevin McCarthy’s chances as House Speaker. The ‘Grand Old Party’ profoundly under-performed this election season and failed to expand their opposition to President Biden’s agenda.

 In the Senate, a highly anticipated race in Pennsylvania became a huge disappointment for the GOP after the television doctor, Mehmet Oz who was endorsed by Trump, failed to keep the seat in Republican hands to the incumbent Lt. Governor, John Fetterman, who they claim is unfit to serve due to his recent stroke.

After Oz’s recent defeat, Trump blamed his wife, Melania for recommending the endorsement. Trump said in a phone call interview with ‘Fox and Friends’ that Melania is supposedly attracted to men who aren’t fit to govern. 

“If (Melania) sees some loser who is in no way qualified to hold public office, she goes weak,” Trump said. 

In Georgia, The Democratic party had successfully extended their majority with a seat in the senate after incumbent Senator Raphael Warnock defeated Trump-backed republican challenger and football mega star, Herschel Walker in a run-off election and embattled Republican hopes of maintaining their 50-seat minority. 

Republican senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina believes that the GOP needs to develop new strategies in order to prevent another disappointing midterm cycle in battleground states throughout the country to and win more elections in the future.

Democrats have done a pretty good job of picking issues that motivate their base and have wider support among the public,” Graham said in an interview with Politico. We need to be doing the same thing. I think a lot of people in the Republican party don’t see us doing it as emphatically as Democrats.”

In the Grand Canyon State of Arizona, an open race gubernatorial election became a huge letdown for Trump-loyalists after the incumbent Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, defeated MAGA favorite and election denier, Kari Lake by just 17,000 votes, flipping the seat from Republican to Democrat.

“(There were) massive numbers of ‘BROKEN’ voting machines in Republican Districts on Election Day. Mechanics sent in to ‘FIX’ them made them worse.” Trump said on his social media platform, Truth Social. “This is almost as bad as the 2020 Presidential Election.”

Many of Lake’s supporters including election deniers and fellow colleagues who also lost their bids for public office are now suing multiple counties and election officials for what they claim is “election fraud” in districts that they lost.

“We believe we will be victorious in that lawsuit.”  Lake said in an interview with far-right political commentator Robert Siggs on his platform, ‘Real America’s Voice’.  “We’ll take it all the way to the Supreme Court, if we have to.”

A McKinley high school social studies teacher who wanted to remain anonymous said that the reason Trump’s political influence continues to decrease among voters is that he’s been endorsing candidates with no political background.

“Candidate quality is very important because you’re voting for them to represent you, and sometimes they don’t know how to address the community needs.” The anonymous source said. “With that being said, before I even voted, I realized that Republicans were not going to sweep this midterm election.”