As results from Election Day continue to trickle in, it’s still not clear whether Republicans or Democrats will control the next House and Senate, and by how much. However, it’s clear that Republicans suffered both major wins and major losses in midterm elections across the nation.

“Some of the big wins we saw in Florida. [Gov. Ron] DeSantis got about 19 [percentage points] over [Democrat Charlie] Crist, which is a massive margin. This is a state that Donald Trump carried in 2020 by 3 points,” says Noah Weinrich, communications director for Heritage Action for America, the grassroots arm of The Heritage Foundation. (The Daily Signal is Heritage’s multimedia news organization.)

“Historically before that, it’s been seen as a swing state,” Weinrich says of Florida. “It’s the bellwether.”

On the flip side, however, Republicans suffered a loss in Pennsylvania’s Senate race, where Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat, defeated Dr. Mehmet Oz, a Republican.

“So some of the losses we saw … were in really tight races like Pennsylvania. Dr. Oz lost against John Fetterman. I haven’t checked the final margin, but it was only by, I believe, 2 points or something like that,” Weinrich says.

“Now, that was a state that President Trump won very narrowly in 2016 [and] lost very narrowly in 2020,” he says.

Weinrich joins this episode of “The Daily Signal Podcast” to discuss the wins and losses of Election Day, the races still up in the air as of the podcast’s recording, and key issues that drove voters to the polls.


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