New realities are emerging in Washington, DC as the midterm elections wind down, one of which is the possibility that former President Donald Trump’s grip on the Republican Party may have loosened. Another is that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, his current main competitor, has never been in such a strong position.
The “Morning Joe” panel on MSNBC discussed the changing power structures inside the GOP on November 9th. Co-host Joe Scarborough drew attention to the fact that while DeSantis was easily winning the governor’s race, former President Trump was celebrating the defeats of fellow Republicans like Joe O’Dea, a candidate for the US Senate from Colorado.
Charlie Crist, the Democratic opponent, was ultimately defeated by Governor Ron DeSantis by a margin of roughly 20 points. Even some of the state’s more liberal neighborhoods, which had previously been considered purple, were turned around by the ardent conservative.
On the other hand, former President Donald Trump witnessed a number of his backed candidates lose to Democrats. Dr. Mehmet Oz lost out on a US Senate seat in Pennsylvania to Lt. Gov. John Fetterman (D), who won the election. Katie Hobbs (D) appears poised to unseat Trump-backed Kari Lake (R) for governor of Arizona.