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(EDITOR’S NOTE, 11/12/18, 5:55 PM ET: This headline has been changed from “71 Percent of Trump-Endorsed Candidates Lost Their Elections Last Night” to “71 Percent of Candidates Trump Endorsed on Twitter Lost Their Elections.” Out of the total of 92 candidates Trump endorsed in the 2018 election cycle, 45 percent of them lost. This article specifically focuses on the 70.9 percent of candidates President Trump endorsed on his official Twitter account who lost on Tuesday night. We apologize for not explicitly referring to Twitter endorsements.)

While President Trump is claiming victory after Tuesday’s midterm elections, almost half of the 92 candidates he endorsed lost to their Democratic opponents. 71 percent of candidates Trump endorsed on Twitter also lost their bids.

Democrats will now have the majority in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, after Democrats flipped 29 seats previously held by Republicans. Democrats also flipped seven gubernatorial races in states previously controlled by Republican governors, including in states Trump won just two years ago, like Kansas, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

To be fair, Trump-backed candidates like Brian Kemp and Ron DeSantis won close races in Georgia and Florida, respectively (Kemp’s opponent, Stacey Abrams, has not yet conceded), and Republicans strengthened their control over the U.S. Senate by defeating pro-Trump Democrats in red states (like Joe Donnelly in Indiana and Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota). However, Democrats flipped a Republican senate seat in Nevada, and could possibly flip a Republican senate seat in Arizona, which is still too close to call as of this writing.

Twitter user Ally Maynard painstakingly compiled a list of 55 House, Senate, and gubernatorial candidates President Trump either held rallies for or endorsed on Twitter, and found that 39 of them lost, meaning 70.9 percent of candidates President Trump endorsed on Twitter were defeated.

One of the more high-profile losses included Republican Patrick Morissey, who was running for U.S. Senate in West Virginia, which Trump handily won in 2016 with more than two-thirds of the vote. Another surprising loss for a Trump-backed candidate was Kris Kobach, who was running as the Republican gubernatorial candidate in Kansas. Even though Trump won Kansas by 21 points in 2016, Kobach still lost by a comfortable margin to state senator Laura Kelly.

Additionally, Republican Karen Handel lost Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday night, which she originally won in 2017 after former Congressman Tom Price took a job in the Trump administration (which he eventually resigned from after an embarrassing corruption scandal). That district is a significant blow to Trump and the GOP, as it has been represented by Republicans dating back to 1979.

Maynard’s full list of the 35 candidates Trump endorsed on Twitter who lost their elections is below:

 

Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.

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  1. Amazing how Gods grace (love)will never change. You can be loved by all the people in the world, Gods Grace will not favor you. His Grace is the same with the worst people. We cannot comprehend his Grace for everyone He created. What and amazing Father with an Amazing Grace❤️

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