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Key Trump-favored candidates failed to deliver swift victories to Republicans as anticipated

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Nov 11, 2022 - 12:18 AM

ANKARA (AA) – With many races decided while others are still up in the air, so far key Donald Trump endorsees have not yet given Republicans the swift, sweeping victories they had anticipated for this election cycle.

Trump issued primary endorsements to 37 candidates running this year, including nine for governor, two for secretary of state (as a state-level position), 11 for the Senate, and 15 for the House of Representatives.

They include Senate candidates, notably J.D. Vance in Ohio, Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania, and Blake Masters in Arizona, as well as gubernatorial hopefuls Douglas Mastriano in Pennsylvania, Tudor Dixon in Michigan, and Herschel Walker in Georgia.

J.D. Vance

J.D. Vance defeated Democrat Tim Ryan by securing 53% of votes in Ohio, winning by a wider margin than predicted. Vance is among a number of high-profile Senate candidates in tight races who Trump endorsed, but he is the only one to have secured a victory on Tuesday night.

“We won a very good victory, and I’m very proud of it,” Vance told his supporters.

Mehmet Oz

Mehmet Oz, popularly known as Dr. Oz, conceded defeat to Democrat John Fetterman in Pennsylvania. Fetterman got 50.4% of the votes to Oz’s 47.2%, according to results by The Associated Press.

“This morning I called John Fetterman and congratulated him. I wish him and his family all the best, both personally and as our next United States Senator,” Oz, a longtime talk show host and physician, said in a statement.

The race in Pennsylvania was one of the most watched in the country, given its status as a swing state, that could go to either party.

Blake Masters

The senatorial race between Republican challenger Blake Masters and Democrat Senator Mark Kelly is still pending. Masters got 46% of the votes while Kelly secured a healthy lead of 54%, according to 70% of the votes, as reported by The Associated Press.

Douglas Mastriano

Democratic Attorney General Josh Shapiro won the Pennsylvania governorship race over Douglas Mastriano. Shapiro got 56% of the votes versus Mastriano at 42.2%.

“Your votes … stood up to the extremism that has taken root in some parts of our society,” Shapiro told supporters at his election night party on Tuesday.

Mastriano, meanwhile, refused to concede on Tuesday night, telling supporters he would wait until every vote is counted, despite what seems to be his opponent’s insurmountable lead.

Tudor Dixon

Governor Gretchen Whitmer defeated Republican challenger Tudor Dixon in Michigan. Whitmer won 54.5% of the votes, well ahead of Dixon’s 43.9%.

“I called Governor Whitmer this morning to concede and wish her well,” Dixon said in a statement.

Herschel Walker

Former American football player Herschel Walker and Democrat Raphael Warnock in Georgia are headed to a Dec. 6 runoff election, as neither candidate got over the 50% threshold to win the race outright on Tuesday.

Under Georgia law, a candidate has to win at least 50% of the vote to be declared the winner. If no one gets 50%, the election is run again, but this time only with the top two candidates.

Their showdown a month from now could well decide whether the Democrats or Republicans control the Senate.

On Election Day this year, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives were contested, as well as 35 seats in the 100-seat Senate. Most analysts predicted Republicans would gain control of the House, but the fate of the Senate remains a topic of intense speculation.

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