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Senate Republicans fear Trump disaster in Georgia runoff election

This picture shows Americans applauding then-US President Donald Trump as he arrived to attend a campaign rally in Macon, Georgia, US, November 4, 2018. (File photo by AFP)

Former US President Donald Trump’s critics in the Republican Party have asked him to stay out of the runoff election in Georgia, blaming him for the disappointing performance in Tuesday’s vote. 

The Hill reported on Friday that Senate Republicans are worried that Trump may derail the GOP party's chances of winning the runoff election in Georgia next month by either casting doubt on the legitimacy of the midterm elections or announcing his plan for the 2024 presidential election.

Trump on Monday announced that he would make a “big announcement” on Nov. 15 at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla.  

Meanwhile, Republicans are concerned that the Georgia runoff between Sen. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat, and the GOP candidate Herschel Walker, could turn into a referendum on Trump that will likely result in a loss that could cost them control of the Senate. 

As things stand, Republicans will control at least 49 Senate seats next year, compared to 48 by Democrats, which means they need to win two of the three unresolved races in Georgia, Arizona and Nevada to gain the Senate majority in 2023. However, the House of Representatives majority went to the Republicans.

The results from the midterm elections on Tuesday showed that the Republican Party had performed far more poorly than it had been expected to perform.

In the meantime, Trump continues to push his claims that the 2020 US presidential election was stolen and has demanded that the candidates he supports embrace his views, though he has failed to back them up with proof.  



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